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    the national health insurance subscribers

    We are servicing obligatory medical examination to the national health insurance subscribers.

    Is "the" necessary in the sentence? If so, would you please explain to me why?

    Thanks

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    Re: the national health insurance subscribers

    No. It is incorrect, unless previous context makes it appropriate.

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    Re: the national health insurance subscribers

    Thank you.

    I have one more question regarding the article.

    "...research into hearing impairment..." is a phrase I found on Google.

    Shouldn't "hearing impairment" either have an article in front of it (maybe "the"?) or be changed to a plural form like "hearing impairments"?

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    Re: the national health insurance subscribers

    Quote Originally Posted by rainous View Post
    Thank you.

    I have one more question regarding the article.

    "...research into hearing impairment..." is a phrase I found on Google.

    Shouldn't "hearing impairment" either have an article in front of it (maybe "the"?) or be changed to a plural form like "hearing impairments"?
    No. The word is used uncountably.here.

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    Re: the national health insurance subscribers

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    No. The word is used uncountably.here.
    Is it OK to use a word either countably or uncountably at my discretion?

    As for the example I gave:

    "Research into hearing impairment"

    "Research into hearing impairments"

    Are they both correct or the second one isn't?

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    Re: the national health insurance subscribers

    Quote Originally Posted by rainous View Post
    Is it OK to use a word either countably or uncountably at my discretion? Well, it does depend on the intended meaning. [...]

    1. "Research into hearing impairment"
    2. "Research into hearing impairments"
    #1 suggests research into the state of impaired hearing.
    #2 suggests research into various conditions/diseases that bring about impaired hearing.

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