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    the definite article

    When don't we use the definite article with abstract nouns?

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    Installation of the program will take 15 minutes.
    The installation of the program will take 15 minutes.

    Which of the two sentences is correct and why?

    How do we know that an abstract noun is used in a particular sense when a descriptive word does not precede it;for, sometimes, it can be interpreted both ways.

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    Re: the definite article

    Quote Originally Posted by balakrishnanijk View Post
    When don't we use the definite article with abstract nouns?

    COMPARE:

    Installation of the program will take 15 minutes.
    The installation of the program will take 15 minutes.

    Which of the two sentences is correct and why?

    How do we know that an abstract noun is used in a particular sense when a descriptive word does not precede it;for, sometimes, it can be interpreted both ways.
    You wouldn't use it when you are generalising about something as in your first example. 'The installation' in number 2 is a more definite and precise meaning.

    Neither are wrong, just a different emphasis.

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