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    Part of

    "They are being deprived of the use of part of a thoroughfare that is legally theirs."

    Why not "the use of a part of ..."?

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    Re: Part of

    Why not "that part"

    or "her part"

    or "their part"????

    Why not? Because it does not mean to be so specific.

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    Re: Part of

    Other examples:

    Do not say 'take a part in' something. Say take part in something.

    More heat is lost through the head than any other part of the body.
    Part of the money will be spent on a new playground.
    Part of the castle was destroyed by fire.[/I]
    I was part of the family.

    play a part in - be involved in something
    Health education will play a part in preparing us for old age.
    He played a key part inending the revolt.

    have a part to play (in something) - to have a particular job or be responsible for something:
    The church used to have a more important part to play in the community.

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    Re: Part of

    Quote Originally Posted by motico View Post
    "They are being deprived of the use of part of a thoroughfare that is legally theirs."

    Why not "the use of a part of ..."?
    I am not a teacher.

    Unless they own the entire thoroughfare, the sentence is faulty, and it would be faulty in the same way with "a". But the sentence is unremarkable grammatically and semantically with or without the "a", and means the same thing. If they own only part of the thoroughfare, and that is the part they are being deprived of the use of, it should be "the part": "They are being deprived of the use of the part of a thoroughfare that is legally theirs."

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    Re: Part of

    Quote Originally Posted by Coolfootluke View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    Unless they own the entire thoroughfare, the sentence is faulty, and it would be faulty in the same way with "a". But the sentence is unremarkable grammatically and semantically with or without the "a", and means the same thing. If they own only part of the thoroughfare, and that is the part they are being deprived of the use of, it should be "the part": "They are being deprived of the use of the part of a thoroughfare that is legally theirs."
    A nice example within a nice explanation.

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