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    Default Thereof: "Conflicts, or the lack thereof" OR "Conclits, or lack thereof" ?

    Dear teachers,

    Question 1: Do I need "the"?
    Longman dictionary online gave an example with "the":
    "Money, or the lack thereof, played a major role in their marital problems."
    whereas Merriam-Webster gave an example without "the":
    "he takes a puckish delight in teasing her about her love life, or lack thereof"

    Question 2: "Thereof" seems to have another usage, and I don't understand what it means:
    "States differ in standards for products and the labelling thereof."
    Can you please help paraphrase this sentence for me?

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: Thereof: "Conflicts, or the lack thereof" OR "Conclits, or lack thereof" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by subaru0327 View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Question 1: Do I need "the"?
    Longman dictionary online gave an example with "the":
    "Money, or the lack thereof, played a major role in their marital problems."
    whereas Merriam-Webster gave an example without "the":
    "he takes a puckish delight in teasing her about her love life, or lack thereof"

    Question 2: "Thereof" seems to have another usage, and I don't understand what it means:
    "States differ in standards for products and the labelling thereof."
    Can you please help paraphrase this sentence for me?

    Thank you!
    I would not omit "the" in the first example. In the second, "thereof" refers to "products" and their labelling in the same way that it refers to "money" in the first example.
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    Default Re: Thereof: "Conflicts, or the lack thereof" OR "Conclits, or lack thereof" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would not omit "the" in the first example. In the second, "thereof" refers to "products" and their labelling in the same way that it refers to "money" in the first example.
    Thank you bhaisahab. I understand the answer to the second question now. As for the first question, is there a grammar rule that says why I need to use "the"? My grammar book doesn't seem to cover nouns and articles very extensively, and there is probably just too many different situations to cover.

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    Default Re: Thereof: "Conflicts, or the lack thereof" OR "Conclits, or lack thereof" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by subaru0327 View Post
    Thank you bhaisahab. I understand the answer to the second question now. As for the first question, is there a grammar rule that says why I need to use "the"? My grammar book doesn't seem to cover nouns and articles very extensively, and there is probably just too many different situations to cover.
    No there is no rule, you don't have to use "the" in that context, but I would.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 15-Jan-2013 at 10:06. Reason: Clarification

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