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    Default usage of the definite article "the", and a question regarding past tesnses

    Hi,
    I am struggling with a short text and would really appreciate your answer.

    Is it correct to use the definite article here - "Some hour after passing the capital Ljubljana, the train rolled through the gray tinted city Trbovlje, a small industrial community dominated by mining companies." (none of the cities have been previously mentioned in the story ..)
    In case this one is incorrect, could you suggest a more elegant sentence please?

    in the following sentence I am uncertain about the correct usage of past tenses. Can you please tell me which version is correct (if any ...)
    "What I had seen was in fact, as a quick Google search later would tell me, the tallest chimney in Europe, with its 360 meters, taller even than the Eifel tower. The chimney belongs to Trbovlje Power Station, a coal fired power plant, and it was built in the 1970ís to limit the pollution in the at that time Yugoslavian city..."


    "What I have seen was in fact, as a quick Google search would later tell me, the tallest chimney in Europe, with its 360 meters even taller than the Eifel tower. The chimney belongs to Trbovlje Power Station, a coal fired power plant, and it was built in the 1970ís to limit the pollution in this, at the time, Yugoslavian city..."


    Thank you so much for your help
    Nina

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    Default Re: usage of the definite article "the", and a question regarding past tesnses

    Quote Originally Posted by Nina_SB View Post
    Hi,
    I am struggling with a short text and would really appreciate your answer.

    Is it correct to use the definite article here - "Some hour after passing the capital Ljubljana, the train rolled through the gray tinted city Trbovlje, a small industrial community dominated by mining companies." (none of the cities have been previously mentioned in the story ..)
    In case this one is incorrect, could you suggest a more elegant sentence please?


    Nina
    "Some hours after passing the capital Ljubljana, the train rolled through Trbovlje, a small, grey, industrial cty dominated by mining companies."

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