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    Dear teachers,

    Q1:
    Do we the article " the" before violin in the following sentence? Please advise, thanks very much.
    Mozart could play the piano and (the???) violin by the time he was six.

    Q2:
    I could bath by myself without my parent's help when I was two. ( Is this sent grammatically correct?)

    Q3:
    Is there a difference in meaning to the sentences below? Which one is correct?

    A. Mozart composed a lot of church songs when he was working as the concert master in Salzburg.

    B.Mozart composed a lot of church songs when he worked as the concert master in Salzburg.



    Lots of thanks again, teachers! ^o^

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    Q1- the 'the' is optional before violin here.

    Q2- bath myself?

    Q3- Both are correct. The implication of the first is that he wrote the church songs within the period and the second suggests he wrote them throughout the period.

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    Q2:
    I could bathe myself without my parent's help when I was two.

    OR

    I could take a bath by myself....

    :)

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    Thank you sooo much for helping, teacher Tdol!
    That means:

    Q1: Is it still correct if I have it included in the sent?

    Q2: I could bath by myself... ( just want to make sure if it's grammatically correct though I know it's pretty impossible to do at an age of 2 unless you are a genius or sth :O)

    Many many thanks for advising again, teacher Tdol! ^o^

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    Thank you for your great advise too, teacher Casiopea! I am still not sure if it's still right to have the article "the" included in the sentence ( Q1) though teacher Tdol said it's optional. Would you be able to offer further advice on it? Thanks soooo much! ^o^

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helped Wanted
    Thank you sooo much for helping, teacher Tdol!
    That means:

    Q1: Is it still correct if I have it included in the sent?
    What do you mean by "sent" there? "Sentence"? In any case, it is definitely correct to include the second "the" there. In fact, that is the way it is probably done in most cases. I would do it myself. The sentence would probably be spoken something like, "He could play the piano and the violin at the age of six."

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    Q2: I could bath by myself... ( just want to make sure if it's grammatically correct though I know it's pretty impossible to do at an age of 2 unless you are a genius or sth :O)

    Many many thanks for advising again, teacher Tdol! ^o^
    As Casiopea noted, "bathe by myself" isn't used. Say either bathe myself or take a bath by myself, as Cas indicated.

    :)

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    Sooo thankful for your advice too, teacher Ronbee! ^o^

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    You're quite welcome.

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