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    Is "the" correct?

    "Influential people put sirens on their private automobiles so that they can rush through the New York City traffic."

    (I have written "New York City" in order to avoid mentioning the actual city -- and country where influential people have this kind of power.)

    1. Grammatically speaking, was the author correct in using "the"?

    2. Would you have used "the"?


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    Source: I read a similar sentence in the London Review of Books (print edition of 15 February 2015 on page 16).

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    Re: Is "the" correct?

    I'd use "the". It refers specifically to the traffic in a particular city.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is "the" correct?

    It's correct and I would use it.

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    Re: Is "the" correct?

    I would not use "the".

    I drive in New York City traffic every day.
    New York City traffic can be the worst.

    The article is not needed.

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    Re: Is "the" correct?

    Your examples sound fine without it, and the original sentence would work without it, but sounds better with it to me.

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