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    #1

    'the' confusion

    Hello,

    when I'm writing to somebody about an event that took place in my school and I want to say something like that:
    (The) teachers were pleased.
    Should I use the deifinte article here? Because I mean the teachers who work in my school. I would use 'the' but on the other hand I'm mentioning them for the first time so maybe I should omit the article?

    Thanks for your replies,
    regards

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    #2

    Re: 'the' confusion

    Yes, you should use the definite article here because you're writing about a certain group of people ( the teachers working at your school ) and not about teachers in general.

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    #3

    Re: 'the' confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterValk View Post
    ...([no space]the teachers working at your school[no space])...
    Don't leave a space after an opening bracket or before a closing bracket.


    Peter, please read this extract from the forum's
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    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language. If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly at the top of your post.

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    #4

    Re: 'the' confusion

    I am not a teacher, just a kind soul wanting to help others...

    Oops, my bad! (not good English, so please disregard )
    I was reading so many posts that I completely lost track of which part of the forum I was in...
    I will of course abide by the rules in future posts or replies.
    As far as the () are concerned, I have noticed a tendency to do this recently.
    But was my post at least a little bit helpful to the OP?

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