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    the clients/ clients [I would really appreciate comments from the moderators.]

    Hello. How are y'll?

    Do I need "the" in front of "clients" in this sentence?

    I worked very hard for clients.

    Isn't it obvious without "the" that I am referring to past clients. I know it's technically called for, but don't many native speakers drop it?

    I personally think "the" would make it sound like there were different kinds of clients and I am referring to a specific kind.

    Please let me know what you think. I am really confused. Any comments are greatly appreicated.

    Kind regards, Mr. N

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    Re: the clients/ clients [I would really appreciate comments from the moderators.]

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    I would opt for "my clients."
    Thanks for your response, Gillnetter, but the question here is whether or not "the" is needed.

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    Re: the clients/ clients [I would really appreciate comments from the moderators.]

    It's not wrong without it, but it could imply some clients (not all), so it's better with the or our/my, etc. Of the three, I would use a personal adjective there and think it weakest with nothing.

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    Re: the clients/ clients [I would really appreciate comments from the moderators.]

    I'd like to point out a possible ambiguity in the sentence.

    I work hard for X.

    That could mean I had to work hard to obtain X.
    I worked hard for my A in math.
    I had to spend a lot of time with leads and prospects and selling myself before they signed on to be my clients. I worked hard for my clients.


    That could also mean that on their behalf, I work very hard.
    When I was on the job, be assured that I worked very hard on behalf of my clients. I worked hard for my clients.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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