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    it suddenly struck me

    The sentences below suddenly struck me.

    1. I would always tremble with (the) fear of heights when I was a child. But, now I am a grown-up, I have no the fear of heights any more.

    If we compare the above with another sentence,

    2. I trembled with the fear of heights when I stood on the cliff edge yesterday.

    I would say the first "the" is optional in No.1, whereas the "the" in No.2 is not.

    This is what I am thinking, but I am not sure if I am right.
    Do you have the same opinion as mine?
    Thank you for your help.
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    Re: it suddenly struck me

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    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    The sentences below suddenly str"1 it suck me.

    1. I would always tremble with (the) fear of heights when I was a child. But, now I am a grown-up, I have no the fear of heights any more.

    If we compare the above with another sentence,

    2. I trembled with the fear of heights when I stood on the cliff edge yesterday.

    I would say the first "the" is optional in No.1, whereas the "the" in No.2 is not.

    This is what I am thinking, but I am not sure if I am right.
    Do you have the same opinion as mine?
    Thank you for your help.
    "The" is not necessary in either 1 or 2. In the second sentence of #1 it is wrong.

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    Re: it suddenly struck me

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
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    "The" is not necessary in either 1 or 2. In the second sentence of #1 it is wrong.
    Thank you, bhaisahab.

    Are the following what you are trying to say?

    1. I would always tremble with (a) fear of heights when I was a child. But, now I am a grown-up, I have no the fear of heights any more.

    2. I trembled with (a) fear of heights when I stood on the cliff edge yesterday.

    Your answer has guided me to a better understanding of the articles.

    The 2 fears of heights above are just the same as the 2 fears of heights below.

    I have (a) fear of heights.
    I had (a) fear of heights when I was a child.

    "of heights" defines a type of fear, but is not specific enough to have to use "the".

    Is it what you are trying to tell me?
    Thank you.

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