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    Default Somebody is changing for the better

    Hail!

    why do I have to use 'the' in the sentence: he is chaning for the better?

    Is it possible to use without the article?

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    Default Re: Somebody is changing for the better

    Quote Originally Posted by TitoBr View Post
    Hail! (Very unnatural greeting in 21st century English)

    Why do I have to use 'the' in the sentence: he is changing for the better?

    Is it possible to use without ​omit the article?

    Cheers,
    Tito
    Something that happens "for the better" is idiomatic. Look at the definition here and scroll down to idioms.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Somebody is changing for the better

    Yeah, I know that 'Hail' is not used anymore, let's say, since Roman times. Thank you for the corrections and the link.

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    Default Re: Somebody is changing for the better

    I am moderately sure that 'Hail' was not used in Roman times.

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    Default Re: Somebody is changing for the better

    No? What about 'Hail Caesar'?

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    Default Re: Somebody is changing for the better

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    No? What about 'Hail Caesar'?
    I would bet my life savings that nobody around in Roman times ever uttered those words.

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    I'm moderately sure that I can bet 5jj's life savings on the fact that the Romans didn't speak much English.
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    Default Re: Somebody is changing for the better

    I'd be willing to bet 5jj's savings on that, too.

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    Default Re: Somebody is changing for the better

    It's sweet to see how you are all so happy to bet my life savings; on this question, you'd be safe enough with your own.

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    Default Re: Somebody is changing for the better

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It's sweet to see how you are all so happy to bet my life savings; on this question, you'd be safe enough with your own.
    If I had any, I would.
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