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    Question Use of Definite Article with Plurals - Dilemma

    Hello,

    I have had this question for a long time. I don't remember where I picked this rule, but I still believe it's correct. I have seen other people not use the definite article at all when the noun is plural. Examples:

    ->List steps to create a file using MS Word.
    ->Identify techniques for creating a project plan in MS Project. (also, Identify various techniques for creating a project plan in MS Project)
    -> Identify techniques to create a project plan in MS Project.

    I have seen that many people don't use the definite article after the first word in the above examples. But I always add the definite article after the first word. Can anyone tell me if I am correct in adding the article although the words following it are plural? I remember from somewhere that the article is required because the words "steps" or techniques" is qualified by "to", which makes it specific. I have heard a similar rule about "that" qualifying words in such sentences.

    Thank you. Expecting an answer to this dilemma.

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    Re: Use of Definite Article with Plurals - Dilemma

    I would use a "the" in those sentences.

    Terseness is often found in texts like you have quoted. These appear to be some sort of set of instructions.

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