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    threatening public health

    Is it also OK to put "the" in front of "public health"?

    If so, how should I understand the usage of "the" in this context?

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    Re: threatening public health

    Quote Originally Posted by rainous View Post
    Is it also OK to put "the" in front of "public health"?

    If so, how should I understand the usage of "the" in this context?

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    Please give us an example sentence with "the public health" and we'll comment.

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    Re: threatening public health

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Please give us an example sentence with "the public health" and we'll comment.
    It's about water pollution doing two things: rising the cost of utilizing water and threatening public health.

    If I were to put "the", would I be doing something ungrammatical?

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    Re: threatening public health

    Quote Originally Posted by rainous View Post
    It's about water pollution doing two things: rising the cost of utilizing water and threatening public health.

    If I were to put "the", would I be doing something ungrammatical?
    It would be unnatural. "Public health" is usually uncountable and so doesn't attract an article.

    If you wanted to use "the" you would say "...utilising water and threatening the health of the public." However, "...threatening public health" sounds much better.

    For info, it would be "raising (not rising) the cost of using water".

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