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    Default omission of "the" when listing things

    With exception of longer and colder winter, I found the lifestyle of Quebec much similar to that of Sweden: the public transportation system, (the) direction of traffic, (the) busy streets of downtown and the socializing of people in after-hours.

    Dear teachers,

    If you can see above, while listing 4 different things, I have omitted "the" for the second and third listed items, but I am not sure if it's grammatical.

    Could you tell me whether that's acceptable?
    and I would be grateful if you could also check the grammar of the whole sentence.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: omission of "the" when listing things

    Quote Originally Posted by rainous View Post
    With the exception of the longer and colder winter(s), I found the lifestyle of Quebec much quite/very similar to that of Sweden: the public transportation system, the direction of traffic, the busy downtown streets of downtown, and the late-night socializing. of people in after-hours.

    Dear teachers,

    If As you can see above, while listing 4 different things, I have omitted "the" for the second and third listed items, but I am not sure if it's grammatical.

    Could you tell me whether that's acceptable?
    and I would be grateful if you could also check the grammar of the whole sentence.

    Thank you.
    Please see my amendments above in red. I personally find keeping "the" in sounds more natural in this particular sentence, especially given that it definitely sounds odd to omit it with the fourth item in the list. I have also added two "the"s to your first sentence!

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    Default Re: omission of "the" when listing things

    Quote Originally Posted by rainous View Post
    With the exception of the longer and colder winter,
    I got a question regarding the phrase above:

    Was it necessary to add "the" in front of exception because I found a bunch of same phrases with it on the web?

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    Default Re: omission of "the" when listing things

    Quote Originally Posted by rainous View Post
    Was it necessary to add "the" in front of "exception" because I found a bunch of same phrases with it on the web?
    Don't trust the webs for examples of good English. 'The' is necessary.

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    Default Re: omission of "the" when listing things

    Quote Originally Posted by rainous View Post
    I got a question regarding the phrase above:

    Was it necessary to add "the" in front of exception because I found a bunch of same phrases with it on the web?
    Despite what you may have found on the predictably untrustworthy net, "With the exception of ..." is the standard correct phrase.

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