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    reception vs. the reception

    Hello, this is a question from an English Proficiecy test, which requires correcting an error in the dialog.

    A: Hey Aaron! How was your friend's wedding last night?
    B: Great. It was beautiful ceremony, and reception was lots of fun.

    The answer is to put "the" right before "reception" but I can't understand why. I think reception is different from the friend's wedding ceremony, so it can be considered new information. Am I wrong? If i am wrong, could you tell me why?

    Thank you in advance!

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    Re: reception vs. the reception

    There was only one reception so the definite article is appropriate.
    It does not matter whether it is the same or different from the wedding ceremony.

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    Last edited by tedmc; 18-Dec-2014 at 08:35.

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    Re: reception vs. the reception

    Anything said about the day would require the definite article as you are talking about a specific event and about specific aspects of that event.

    Jane: How did it go yesterday?
    Sarah: Oh, it was lovely. The wedding ceremony was perfect, the reception was great, the bride looked radiant, the dress wasn't too meringue-like, the cake was delicious and the venue was absolutely beautiful.

    I don't know what you meant about something being "new information". What rule of English do you think you are following by saying that something which is new information doesn't need an article?

    Note that in the original question, there is another error. The indefinite article should appear before "beautiful ceremony".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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