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    Question LIFE OR THE LIFE

    which one is correct? : "The purpose of the life" or "The purpose of life" and why?

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    The purpose of life is correct. Life doesn't need the definite article in this useage, as a straightforward mass noun. Contrast:

    He thinks life is a joke. (Mass noun)

    He was to live a life of privilege.
    (Mass noun with a modifier privilege)

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