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    #1

    about other neighbours/about the other neighbours.

    Do we need a definite article here?
    My next-door neighbours gossip a lot about (the) other neighbours.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 21-Aug-2014 at 13:38.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: about other neighbours/about the other neighbours.

    No, the article is optional. I would omit it.

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    #3

    Re: about other neighbours/about the other neighbours.

    Why do we have the word gossip enclosed inside parenthesis, please?

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    #4

    Re: about other neighbours/about the other neighbours.

    Good question.

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    #5

    Re: about other neighbours/about the other neighbours.

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Why do we have the word gossip enclosed inside parenthesis, please?
    I was in a hurry.) Now it's not.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #6

    Re: about other neighbours/about the other neighbours.

    Unless there is one specific "other neighbors." Then "the other neighbors" makes sense.

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    #7

    Re: about other neighbours/about the other neighbours.

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Why do we have the word gossip enclosed inside parenthesis, please?
    Parentheses. Plural.

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    #8

    Re: about other neighbours/about the other neighbours.

    I'd say that '...about the other neighbours' means '...about all the other neighbours', and '...about other neighbours' means '...about some of the other neighbours'.

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