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    Default the what they were after

    In the story of The 101 Dalmatians (from Disney Enchanted Tales) there are two sentences as follows:

    Soon they found the what they were after. They found the puppies.

    The word 'the' in the first sentence seems to be redundant. Is it a typo or should be there?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: the what they were after

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    In the story of The 101 Dalmatians (from Disney Enchanted Tales) there are two sentences as follows:

    Soon they found the what they were after. They found the puppies.

    The word 'the' in the first sentence seems to be redundant. Is it a typo or should be there?

    Thank you in advance.
    Consider it a typo! The correct sentences should be: Soon they found what they were after. They found the puppies.

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    Default Re: the what they were after

    I wouldn't say it's a typo. It's certainly not necessary to convey the meaning, but it seems to be there for emphasis.

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    Default Re: the what they were after

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I wouldn't say it's a typo. It's certainly not necessary to convey the meaning, but it seems to be there for emphasis.
    Soothing Dave, 'Soon they found the what they were after' does not make any sense. How can the word 'the' be used for emphasis?


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    Default Re: the what they were after

    I'd be interested to see the sentences that go before this. It could be something like:

    They weren't sure what it was that they were looking for. But soon they found the what they were after.

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    Default Re: the what they were after

    If "what they were after" is considered a specific identifiable noun (personally I would have to hyphenate it in order to do so) then at a stretch I could contemplate it. However, I honestly find that extremely unlikely. In the original, in my opinion it's a typo or an error.

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