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    In this article, the author writes "Switzerland’s political leaders on Monday faced a chorus of criticism at home and abroad over an overwhelming popular vote to ban construction of minarets."

    Would it be incorrect to write "to ban the construction of minarets"? The sentence sounds better to me with "the."

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    Re: the

    I believe that inserting a the into the sentence would draw attention to the word construction. It's not the construction that is the concern. It's the minarets.

    To decry the construction of minarets would suggest someone doesn't like the sound of hammers and stone masons. To decry construction of minarets suggests they don't like the sound of muezzins and loudspeakers.


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