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    Red face Some sentences with or without 'the'

    I'm confused because I have no idea if I should put 'the' in the following sentences or not.

    Life in the Middle East is pretty hard.
    The life in the Middle East is pretty hard.


    The Nile is the river in Egypt.
    The Nile is a river in Egypt.


    Everything seems quite easy in English but when it comes to details .... :)

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    Re: Some sentences with or without 'the'

    Quote Originally Posted by marker View Post
    I'm confused because I have no idea if I should put 'the' in the following sentences or not.

    Life in the Middle East is pretty hard.
    The life in the Middle East is pretty hard.


    The Nile is the river in Egypt. (because there is more than one river in Egypt).
    The Nile is a river in Egypt.


    Everything seems quite easy in English but when it comes to details .... :)
    When you are talking about "life" in general, omit the article.

    Life in the Arctic is very difficult.
    The life of a polar bear in the Arctic is very difficult.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Some sentences with or without 'the'

    Thank you :) Your examples are great, now everything's clear :)

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