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    Definite article

    Hi, everyone!
    An expert's opinion is required here.
    Could you please explain to me the use of the definite article before the noun "identification" in the following sentence:

    "Inspections carried out December 3–5, 2013, February 27, 2014, and June 26, 2014 resulted in the identification of three Severity Level IV violations (the lowest level of violation) at the site."

    The question is basically -- What if a zero article was used instead, would it change the meaning in any way?

    Thank you.
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    #2

    Re: Definite article

    The article is needed here.

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    #3

    Re: Definite article

    I would accept the zero article.

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    Re: Definite article

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    The article is needed here.
    Gotchya. Thank you. Which one -- that is the question. (Joking)

    Anyway, "needed" is not what I was asking for. The question is why "definite" and not "zero"?
    And if "zero" is used, how does it change the meaning?
    Is it possible to explain at all from the viewpoint of grammar?

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    #5

    Re: Definite article

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I would accept the zero article.
    Thank you. Me too. But does it change the meaning?

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    #6

    Re: Definite article

    The meaning is the same.

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    Re: Definite article

    Please don't use non-standard words. Informally, and outside this forum, you could use "Gotcha" (note the spelling) but we encourage all users to use full, standard English words on the forum.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: Definite article

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack8rkin View Post
    Thank you. Me too. But does it change the meaning?
    Only to the extent that it makes it a specific identification, rather than a more general concept.I would use the article to associate the result with the particular inspection. However, zero article wouldn't strike me as an error.

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    #9

    Re: Definite article

    Roger. Over.
    Thanks everyone for the explanations.

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