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    Default role of "the"

    In works about neuroaesthetics, art is discussed in the prefaces and touted on the book jackets, but never really manages to show up in the body of the works themselves!

    In the above text, what is the role of two "the"s in terms of the nuance they get across
    because, to me, the sentence looks better without them. Am I wrong to think that?

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    I'd get rid of the two "the"s. It works either way, but I like how the sentence reads without them.

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    'a good understanding of the English language'

    Would you mind please give the answer of that, is it possible to get rid of the article in the phrase above ?

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    Default Re: role of "the"

    Quote Originally Posted by sumon. View Post
    'a good understanding of the English language'

    Would you mind please give the answer of that, is it possible to get rid of the article in the phrase above ?
    No, it's not possible :)
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    Default Re: role of "the"

    Not a teacher

    Understanding the articles of the English language is probably one of the toughest parts for non-natives to come to terms with since it has to be understood cerebrally while many native speakers (except for, of course, English teachers and language experts) use them as they feel right to them.

    Anyway, the way I see it regarding the article "the" in "the English language":

    It calls it out, indicating that It's not just any language, but the "English" language, singling it out from other languages.


    But don't quote me on this because I could be wrong.

    As far as the legitimacy of my opinion, I defer to the English experts.

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