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    #1

    Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe were (the) two writers . . .

    Hi,

    *self-made sentences*

    - Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe were (the) two important writers of the Elizabethan era.
    - Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe were (the) two writers of the Elizabethan era.
    - Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe were (the) two of the most important writers of the Elizabethan era.

    I would like to ask if I must use 'the' before 'two' in the sentences or not.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe were (the) two writers . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    Hi,

    *self-made sentences*

    - Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe were (the) two important writers of the Elizabethan era.
    - Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe were (the) two writers of the Elizabethan era.
    - Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe were (the) two of the most important writers of the Elizabethan era.

    I would like to ask if I must use 'the' before 'two' in the sentences or not.

    Thanks.
    "The" is incorrect before "two" in all three of your sentences.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe were (the) two writers . . .

    You could use "the" in "Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe were the two most important writers of the Elizabethan era.

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    #4

    Re: Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe were (the) two writers . . .

    There were many writers in that time, and a number of important ones, so they're all wrong with the definite article.

    BTW, many would argue that Marlowe was not the second most important writer of that time- a case could be made for people like Ben Jonson.

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    Re: Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe were (the) two writers . . .

    And then there are those conspiracy theorists who believe that Shakespeare and Marlowe were one and the same person or, at least, that Marlowe actually wrote quite a lot of the works attributed to Shakespeare.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe were (the) two writers . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    And then there are those conspiracy theorists who believe that Shakespeare and Marlowe were one and the same person or, at least, that Marlowe actually wrote quite a lot of the works attributed to Shakespeare.
    Yes, but they're almost certainly wrong, and I love Marlowe.

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