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    (the) wife of Kong Hee

    A sum of S$24 million was allegedly transferred from the building fund account to two companies as bond investments.

    These were "sham transactions" devised to conceal the diversion of the churchís building fund, to finance the music career of Sun Ho, the wife of Kong Hee.

    Is 'the' needed?


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    Re: (the) wife of Kong Hee

    Hi Tan,

    IMO, if you dropped it, it could imply that Kong Hee had more than one wife (polygamy is an accepted practice in certain countries,as you know). With it, the implication is that she was Hee's only wife.

    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: (the) wife of Kong Hee

    You could drop it, but I wouldn't.

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