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    (the) weeks of preparation and training

    When do you add "the" before a noun described by "of" phrase? I've seen either "the" added or omitted, but I can't tell the difference.

    ex)Steven and Frank wanted to be heroes. They said "Let's climb the world's highest mountain". After (the) weeks of preparation and training, they started to climb.

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    Re: (the) weeks of preparation and training

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    In the case of your example, it's:
    "After weeks of preparation and training, they started to climb."

    But if "weeks of preparation and training" were the subject, then a "the" would be required:
    "The weeks of training and preparation were crucial to the success of the climb."

    However, as I am not an English teacher, I don't really know the hard and fast rules on "the", assuming there are any.

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    Re: (the) weeks of preparation and training

    Quote Originally Posted by SlickVic9000 View Post
    (Not a Teacher)

    In the case of your example, it's:
    "After weeks of preparation and training, they started to climb."

    But if "weeks of preparation and training" were the subject, then a "the" would be required:
    "The weeks of training and preparation were crucial to the success of the climb."

    However, as I am not an English teacher, I don't really know the hard and fast rules on "the", assuming there are any.
    Maybe you are right, but I haven't heeded to the standard for the-should-be or the-less cases, so it's all confusing, but what you said seems to compose a siginificant part of the standard.

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    Re: (the) weeks of preparation and training

    I came into this thread to read and post, but do not like these comments you put at the end.

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    #5

    Re: (the) weeks of preparation and training

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I came into this thread to read and post, but do not like these comments you put at the end.
    Which part do you mean? I never meant anything offensive.

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