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    Last and Next

    Dear teachers,

    I would like to know if the definite article is needed in the following sentences:
    (The) next meeting will be held on...
    The minutes of (the) last meeting was confirmed without amendment.

    Will they differ in meaning if the definite articles are dropped?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Last and Next

    Hello Deepurple

    In those sentence, the definite article is needed in formal writing and can be left out in informal contexts:
    Formal Writing

    • The next meeting will be held on...
    • The minutes of the last meeting were confirmed without amendment.
    Note, the verb above is plural were, not singular was, as the subject the minutes is also plural.

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