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    Definite Article Use

    Hi there, teachers

    Which of the following two sentences is (more) correct?

    1. "The procedure can include the replacement of the joint."

    2. "The procedure can include replacement of the joint."

    I would like to know if the definite article is required (or correct) before "replacement."

    Are both sentences grammatically correct?

    Thanks in advance for your valuable help.
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    Re: Definite Article Use

    Quote Originally Posted by en_buff View Post
    Are both sentences grammatically correct?
    Yes.

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    Re: Definite Article Use

    Thanks for the response. So the definite article is optional in that case?
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    Re: Definite Article Use

    Yes.

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    Re: Definite Article Use

    Quote Originally Posted by en_buff View Post
    Which of the following two sentences is (more) correct?
    They're equally correct to me. I can't say that I would be more likely to use one.

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    Re: Definite Article Use

    I'd probably use either 1 or 2 in speech, and be more likely to use 2 in writing. That is purely because option 1 has three "the"s in it, and I'd notice that more in writing than in speech.

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