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    use of the article 'THE'

    Hello~ I'm an English learner ~
    I saw an article on NPR's online news website and i was confused with using the article 'THE' regard to this line of a sentence.

    "... David Roth is head of the youth wing of the Social Democrat Party."
    why did not they put the word 'the' in the sentence, like "David Roth is the head of blahblah~~?

    Is there anyone who could tell me the difference between 'David Roth is head of ~~' and 'David Roth is the head of ~~'??
    thank you~ so much~~!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by roseline View Post
    Hello~ I'm an English learner ~
    I saw an article on NPR's online news website and i was confused with using the article 'THE' regard to this line of a sentence.

    "... David Roth is head of the youth wing of the Social Democrat Party."
    why did not they put the word 'the' in the sentence, like "David Roth is the head of blahblah~~?

    Is there anyone who could tell me the difference between 'David Roth is head of ~~' and 'David Roth is the head of ~~'??
    thank you~ so much~~!!
    There is no difference and both are correct.

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    Re: use of the article 'THE'

    Thank you for your answer~
    but one more question~ do you know the conditions where we can leave out the word 'THE' in a English sentence?
    i thought that the sentence "David Roth is head of the youth wing of the Social Democrat Party." was wrong, because i should use "the head of the ..." due to the modification, 'of the youth wing ...Party', limiting the boundary of the word 'head'.

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    Re: use of the article 'THE'

    Quote Originally Posted by roseline View Post
    Thank you for your answer~
    but one more question~ do you know the conditions where we can leave out the word 'THE' in a English sentence?
    i thought that the sentence "David Roth is head of the youth wing of the Social Democrat Party." was wrong, because i should use "the head of the ..." due to the modification, 'of the youth wing ...Party', limiting the boundary of the word 'head'.
    The use of articles in English is one of the most complicated areas.

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    Re: use of the article 'THE'

    I don't know why the symbol ~ (a tilde) appears in your posts several times. It has no place there. What do you think it means in written English?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: use of the article 'THE'

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    There is no difference and both are correct.

    1. David Roth is head of the youth wing of the Social Democrat Party.
    2.
    David Roth is the head of the youth wing of the Social Democrat Party.

    I am wondering why both are correct.
    "head of the youth wing of the Social Democrat Party" = "the head of the youth wing of the Social Democrat Party"

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    Re: use of the article 'THE'

    We frequently omit the expected 'the' in job titles.

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