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    Can I omit these articles "the" here?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Welcome to the forum.

    We are not here to take the place of your grammar books and dictionaries. We are here to answer specific questions about problems you have with the English language.

    Read the other posts in the forum and you will see the types of question we deal with.
    There are two usages of the preposition "the" above that I don't understand.
    I think that the two bold prepositions "the" can be omitted. Is it right?
    What do they refer to?

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    Re: Can I omit these articles "the" here?

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    There are two usages of the preposition "the" above that I don't understand.
    I think that the two bold prepositions "the" can be omitted. Is it right?
    What do they refer to?
    I could have omitted the first "the", leaving "Read other posts ..." although that would suggest only "Read some other posts". The second "the" is obligatory. I wanted to you to understand the specific types of question dealt with in the forum.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can I omit these articles "the" here?

    Thanks, here is my understanding about the use of the preposition "the":
    -The first one, "the" is used to indicate that "there is only one". In this case, you consider "other posts" as an unit, and therefore, "the" used to mean only one as in the moon, the Earth,...
    -The second one, "the" is used bacause
    reader knows exactly what you are referring to.
    Is this right?
    I feel confused.
    Read the other posts in the forum and you will see the types of question we deal with.
    "the forum": here is Usingenglish forum
    "other posts in the forum": any post in the forum excluding the post you are responding
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    the other posts in the forum": use "the" to mean all post? I am not sure about this.
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    the types of question we deal with": I am still not sure about this. Does this mean that there are many types of question in the forum and only some of them can be deal with?



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    Re: Can I omit these articles "the" here?

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post

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    the types of question we deal with": I am still not sure about this. Does this mean that there are many types of question in the forum and only some of them can be deal with?


    Yes, that is exactly what I mean. Sometimes people post a question like "Please help me with grammar" or "How to use the word WHAT". Those are not the kinds of things we deal with here. We expect people to study either at formal lessons or in their own time, using grammar books, dictionaries and of course, other internet resources. When people find something that they can't understand after researching it thoroughly, they come here for more help. We are not a replacement for actual study.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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