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    no article vs. article "the"

    Hi! Could you please tell me whether the use of the article "the" (or of no article) is correct?

    -I like Italian food.
    -He loves German music.
    -I love English culture.
    -She loves Russian literature.
    -She likes French people.
    -I love German beer.
    -Several factors caused the downfall of the Italian economy.
    -I love a lot of things about Germany: the food, the beer, the music, the nature, the culture, the literature and the people.

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    Re: no article vs. article "the"

    Yes, that is all correct.
    "I love the English culture" is also right, as is "She likes the French people."
    I don't like "the nature". When talking about nature, and similar abstract phenomena in English, we don't use an article (nature, life, happiness, etc. though many European languages do), but in this case, I'd pass it for convenience.

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    Re: no article vs. article "the"

    Even though I have to say "nature" without the article "the" when talking about "the physical world", can I use it when talking about the "character" of something?
    E.g. I do not know the nature of the problem.

    Furthermore, can I say the following sentences?

    -He is one of the most influential figures in American history.
    -That was one of the most beautiful scenes in the history of television.

    -Most people are afraid of death.
    -The death of Shakespeare (Shakespeare's death)
    -He thinks that marriage is the death of love!

    -He was interested in human behaviour.
    -He was interested in the behaviour of people.
    off-topic: Is the use of "one of the most influential figures" and "one of the most beautiful scenes" correct?


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    Re: no article vs. article "the"

    All of your example sentences are correct. The answer to your final question is "Yes".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: no article vs. article "the"

    Quote Originally Posted by Crowned 91 View Post
    Hi! Could you please tell me whether the use of the article "the" (or of no article) is correct?

    -I love a lot of things about Germany: the food, the beer, the music, the nature, the culture, the literature and the people.
    In your last sentence, it is not necessary to repeat "the" before each word. The first use is sufficient. It is not wrong to repeat it, however.

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    Re: no article vs. article "the"

    Yes, when you are talking about a specific life or death or nature, you use 'the'. I meant the more abstract use where we say "Life is beautiful" where you would say "La vita Ť bella", for example. We say "I enjoy nature", "I don't like the idea of death". But, yes, we talk about the nature of something, the death of someone.

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