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    Default I saw sky, sun in the courtyard

    I read the following sentences from a fiction called "The Reader."

    My mother moved my bed out onto the balcony. I saw sky, sun, clouds, and heard the voices of children playing in the courtyard.

    We usually use "the" before sky and sun, is it possible to leave out "the" in the above context?

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    Default Re: I saw sky, sun in the courtyard

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    I read the following sentences from a fiction called "The Reader."

    My mother moved my bed out onto the balcony. I saw sky, sun, clouds, and heard the voices of children playing in the courtyard.

    We usually use "the" before sky and sun, is it possible to leave out "the" in the above context?

    Thanks.
    Yes, it reads OK in a literary context. We'd normally use "the" though.

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    Default Re: I saw sky, sun in the courtyard



    Incidentally, 'fiction' is only countable when the work in question is quite small! Borges, for example, wrote 'fictions'. If your source is a novel, say either 'novel' or 'piece/work... of fiction'.

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