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    remote from (the) daily workings

    Hello teachers,

    Greetings!

    In the following sentence, I feel the usage of the definite article is correct, but I am not hundred percent sure!

    In Why Look at Animals? (1980) John Berger links the growth of pet keeping in the affluent urban centers of capitalist modernity to the tensions implicit in the material and cultural processes by which the animal “other” became increasingly remote from the daily workings of human society.

    Could you please explain the rule behind its usage, or not, in this sentence?

    Thank you!

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    Re: remote from (the) daily workings

    What is the source of that text?
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #3

    Re: remote from (the) daily workings

    The OP told us, bhai:

    Why Look at Animals? (1980) John Berger

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    #4

    Re: remote from (the) daily workings

    Mr. bhaisahab, the book is at manuscript stage, and the author is quoting the book Why Look at Animals? in this particular sentence.

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    Re: remote from (the) daily workings

    The definite article is correctly used.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #6

    Re: remote from (the) daily workings

    Mr. bhaisahab, is it because of the prepositional phrase of human society, which makes the noun daily workings specific?

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    Re: remote from (the) daily workings

    "The" is used because it refers specifically to the daily workings of human society.

    Please note that there is no need to prefix a username with "Mr". For a start, it's inappropriate but you are also making assumptions about the gender of the user. Simply type the username.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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