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    Why is the definite article used in the following collocation?
    "destruction of the rainforests"

    (I'd use the zero article here.)

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    For me, it's a question of how many are left. If there were hundreds or thousands, I'd say 'destruction of rainforests' (just as I'd say 'loss of languages' [of which there are still thousands]. But as there are so few, I use the article.

    I'm sure there's a better reason [I hope so, and will stay tuned ], but that's how I see it.

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