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    #1

    use of definite article 'the' with 'both' and 'all'

    What is the difference, or when and why should I use the definite article? E.g:
    in all the three countries .... vs in all three countries...
    both the countries were represented... vs both countries were represented...

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    Maren
    Last edited by marenparn; 28-Aug-2007 at 11:25. Reason: use of a wrong term

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    #2

    Re: use of indefinite article 'the' with 'both' and 'all'

    Try this link. Articles in English or "Charlie the Brave" / ESL Lesson
    It's easy and clear.

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    #3

    Re: use of definite article 'the' with 'both' and 'all'

    Thanks, aous32, for the link. Unfortunately, the article explains the basic usage of articles, but says nothing about the particular case.
    I'm still in need of explanation, as I know that both the usages (with and without the definite article) are right.

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    #4

    Re: use of definite article 'the' with 'both' and 'all'

    I think you can use "both the three countries" if these countries were already mentioned (I meant if the reader is expected to identify these countries, because they've been mentioned before or because it's clear in the situation where it occured)


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    #5

    Re: use of definite article 'the' with 'both' and 'all'

    hi,
    I think that 'in all three countries' is rather informal, spoken form of 'in all the three countries'.
    As to the second pair of sentences, I think 'Both the countries...' is rather awkward if not incorrect.

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