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    Question Why should there be a "ZERO ARTICLE"? Why not "THE"?

    So,there is a sentence in an exercise section of advanced grammar book dedicated to articles:
    "Sue bought the Picasso I was telling you about THE/ZERO ARTICLE last week".
    The right answer is "ZERO ARTICLE". But I can't comprehend why. Could somebody, please, explain it to me?

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    Re: Why should there be a "ZERO ARTICLE"? Why not "THE"?

    There is no need for an article before "last week". Why do think think there should be one?

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    Re: Why should there be a "ZERO ARTICLE"? Why not "THE"?

    @daryaizmaylova:

    last week
    next week
    the previous week
    the following week
    two weeks ago
    the week after next
    the week before

    Why? It's idiomatic. Just make a note of it and learn it.

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    Re: Why should there be a "ZERO ARTICLE"? Why not "THE"?

    Ohh, ok. Thank you very much! :D

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    Re: Why should there be a "ZERO ARTICLE"? Why not "THE"?

    I just thought for some reason that this "last week" was somehow definite. :D

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    Re: Why should there be a "ZERO ARTICLE"? Why not "THE"?

    It is adverbial.

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