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    #1

    definite article confusion

    Hi everybody!

    Hope you're doing fine.

    I'm confused as to why definite article is used before the first pair of words in bold and not in the second. I can't really see any difference between home fans and away fans in the following sentences.

    The home fans cheered the team onto the pitch. ("the" is used before "home fans")

    The ground had been allocated to away fans. ("the" is not used before "away fans")

    Thanks in advance for clearing up my confusion.

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    Re: definite article confusion

    Isn't there anybody to help?

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    #3

    Re: definite article confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Isn't there anybody to help?
    Please remember that all the people who respond here are volunteers, who try to help members in their free time. Most of them need to work, eat, sleep, etc, at some time. Please don't bump a post after just two hours.

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    Re: definite article confusion

    Nathan, Iran time is three hours ahead of UK time and 8 to 12 hours ahead of USA time.

    Give people a chance to sleep.

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    #5

    Re: definite article confusion

    The home fans at that particular game/match.
    Away fans at any game/match, away fans in general.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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