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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    your time or (the)time?

    Hi, everyone

    Is there any difference between these two sentences?

    -Thank you for taking your time out of your busy schedule.
    -Thank you for taking (the)time out of your busy schedule.


    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: your time or (the)time?

    A personal response, rather than one backed up by any authority.

    For me, taking one's time implies working (too) slowly, as in:

    He took his time about approving my application, so I got it in too late.

    Therefore I would not say the words of your first example. I feel I could say either:

    Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule. or:
    Thank you for taking (the)time out of your busy schedule.


    I think I would usually drop the definite article.

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