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    1. a. "A traditional male-dominated society would not accept the imposition of a quota requirement for the participation of women in an elected assembly".

    1. b. "A traditional male-dominated society would not accept the imposition of a quota requirement for the participation of women in elections".

    I am not sure why article "the" instead of zero article was used before "participation" since the participation implied is not about a woman but women. Why is participation is unique in these two sentences?

    2. Why "the" in the following phrases: the process of education, the idea of a book, the expansion of a city, the division of labor? Is it because the nouns before which they appear are attribute-nouns, or because the noun that "the" premodifies can only be attributed to a one single noun that is the object of "of phrase"?

    I need your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kooiu View Post
    1. a. "A traditional male-dominated society would not accept the imposition of a quota requirement for the participation of women in an elected assembly".

    1. b. "A traditional male-dominated society would not accept the imposition of a quota requirement for the participation of women in elections".

    I am not sure why article "the" instead of zero article was used before "participation" since the participation implied is not about a woman but women. Why is participation is unique in these two sentences?

    2. Why "the" in the following phrases: the process of education, the idea of a book, the expansion of a city, the division of labor? Is it because the nouns before which they appear are attribute-nouns, or because the noun that "the" premodifies can only be attributed to a one single noun that is the object of "of phrase"?

    I need your help.

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    The definite article in all these cases applies to the object, not the genitive of the sentence.

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    Thank you Coffa. But I want to know what rule(s) support the use or non-use of article "the" in the sentences

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    Welcome, kooiu.

    Here's a great source: "Five Sources of Definiteness". Scroll down to LEARNING HINT #4 and also check out the Answers and Explanations to the Exercises.

    All the best.

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    Dear Coffa,
    You are highly intelligent. Your input is very useful. However, I would like you to explain why "the" before "participation" in 1a given that it is intended for more than one woman.

    I must say that you have greatly helped me. Thank you.

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    It's "the participation of a woman" or "the participation of women". It doesn't matter whether woman is plural or not.


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    Thank you all for your help.

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    You're most welcome, kooiu.

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