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    Article Q

    Ex 1.


    a. He attended one of schools in London.


    b. He attended one of the schools in London.


    Ex 2.


    a. He had a dinner at one of restaurants in New York.


    b.. He had a dinner at one of the restaurants in New York.


    Q. Are all of the above grammatically acceptable, meaning you do not necessarily need the article "the" in front of schools/restaurants in the above cases?


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    Re: Article Q

    The article is required in both your examples. The standard phrase is "one of the ..." followed by the plural noun (with or without an adjective). We don't use the article in, for example "one of them".

    Note that we don't say "He had a dinner ..." in this kind of context, just "He had dinner" or "He had dinner" (or even "He dined").
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: Article Q

    Note that we don't say "He had a dinner ..." in this kind of context, just "He had dinner" or "He had dinner" (or even "He dined").
    Is this a mistake here? Both sentences are the same!
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    Re: Article Q

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The article is required in both your examples. The standard phrase is "one of the ..." followed by the plural noun (with or without an adjective). We don't use the article in, for example "one of them".

    Note that we don't say "He had a dinner ..." in this kind of context, just "He had dinner" or "He had dinner" (or even "He dined").
    Just wondering about the grammatical understanding of why we need the article:

    we need the article because that's just how it is? Or, is it because of being specific, meaning particular things (meant the plural nouns which in this case are restaurants in New York and schools in London?)
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    Re: Article Q

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Is this a mistake here? Both sentences are the same!
    Sorry, I meant "He had dinner" or "He ate dinner".
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