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    Hi,

    I read the following sentence in the media. I feel that there should be ‘the’ before ‘construction’. Why did the author omit it?

    ‘A bank has loaned $500 million to the company for construction of a new plant.’

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    MG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    I read the following sentence in the media. I feel that there should be ‘the’ before ‘construction’. Why did the author omit it?

    ‘A bank has loaned $500 million to the company for construction of a new plant.’

    Thanks,

    MG.
    Good question, MG. I'd say that the 'a' in 'a new plant' shows that the new plant isn't all that specific yet. They've got the money so now they'll start on the design of the new plant.

    Or, there may be some other better reason.

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    riverkid,

    thanks, but I did not get you. Should there be a 'the' or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    riverkid,

    thanks, but I did not get you. Should there be a 'the' or not?
    There could be, MG, but there doesn't have to be. 'the' designates specific and it could be that there is no specific plant in mind as of yet, hence, no 'the'.

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    Riverkid,

    Thanks. Now I am confused. It is news to me that, the article for a noun may depend on the article of another noun down the sentence. Consider the following sentences I gathered from the internet. #1 talks about a plant that has been more or less conceptually finalized. #s 2 & 3 talk about a new plant in a general sense.

    I know that English is a very flexible language. What I am trying to figure here is a rule that will keep my sentences from article errors majority of the times. I am okay if my article usage is optional some times.

    1. Honda Motor has begun construction of a new plant in the country. Future production site was chosen in Saitama Prefecture, in a small town called Yori.

    2. The union proposal calls for the construction of a new plant that would be built and operated by auto parts giant Magna International on land owned by Ford

    3. STUK started its evaluations of the plant at the end of the 1990s when TVO started a feasibility study for the construction of a new plant.

    Thanks again,

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    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Riverkid,

    Thanks. Now I am confused. It is news to me that, the article for a noun may depend on the article of another noun down the sentence. Consider the following sentences I gathered from the internet. #1 talks about a plant that has been more or less conceptually finalized. #s 2 & 3 talk about a new plant in a general sense.

    I know that English is a very flexible language. What I am trying to figure here is a rule that will keep my sentences from article errors majority of the times. I am okay if my article usage is optional some times.

    1. Honda Motor has begun construction of a new plant in the country. The Future production site was chosen in Saitama Prefecture, in a small town called Yori.

    2. The union proposal calls for the construction of a new plant that would be built and operated by auto parts giant Magna International on land owned by Ford

    Here a defining relative clause follows, MG, so the 'the' is completely understandable.

    3. STUK started its evaluations of the plant at the end of the 1990s when TVO started a feasibility study for the construction of a new plant.

    Here, I'd say that it would be possible without 'the'.

    Thanks again,

    MG.
    "Or, there may be some other better reason." Off to Plan B.

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    Here's a book that may help you in your study, MG.

    Three Little Words: A, An, and the (A Foreign Student's Guide to English Articles) by Elizabeth Claire and Richard Greenwood (Paperback - Aug 1, 1988)

    Amazon.com: Three Little Words: A, An & The: Books

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