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    Hi Everyone,
    This is my first time to post my question here.
    I sometimes have troubles with whether I should use, "a/an" or "the" or no article.

    The following is the news in Japan. "Progress" in pink is a noun and refers to the particular progress. Right? Why doesn't " Progress" need "the?"
    Or doesn't it matter?

    Thank you.
    Raychan


    BEIJING--In the end, a disgruntled Chinese factory worker was
    apparently responsible for a food scare over imported frozen gyoza
    dumplings from China that threatened to derail Japan-China relations
    at one point.
    Officials of the Public Security Ministry in Beijing held a news
    conference Sunday attended by reporters from TV Asahi Corp. and other
    Japanese media to explain progress in the two-year investigation after
    Chinese police announced the arrest of a 35-year-old man in the case.
    Last edited by Raychan; 08-Apr-2010 at 14:30.

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    not a teacher

    IMO, 'progress' in the context could be used with or without 'the' in front since it could mean 'progress in general' or a particular progress'.

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    As an abstract noun and as a first reference in the article you presented, "the" would not be necessary. A more likely use of "the" with "progress" (but not necessary either) would be if the press release continued with a second reference and mention of specific information about progress. For example, "The progress included results of analysis gathered and review of surveillance video that identified (name) in the case."

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    [QUOTE=billmcd;589419]As an abstract noun and as a first reference in the article you presented, "the" would not be necessary. A more likely use of "the" with "progress" (but not necessary either) would be if the press release continued with a second reference and mention of specific information about progress. For example, "The progress included results of analysis gathered and review of surveillance video that identified (name) in the case."[/QUOTE
    Bill and Ted, Thank you so much to respond to my question. I think this is the right place to respond to you. I think I got it. Since there is no reference to the particular progress it doesn't need "the." I see. I teach English in Japan but I am not a native speaker. I may ask you a lot of questions from now on.
    Thank you.

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