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    Two of the three people struck by lightning survived.

    Two of the three people struck by lightning survived. (from my teacher's handout)
    Is this sentence correct? Can I delete the THE before three people? If I do delete it, what are the differences between them, with and without the THE? Thanks!

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    Re: Two of the three people struck by lightning survived.

    Yes, the sentence is correct and no, you can't remove the article. The sentence refers to three specific people who were struck by lightning and gives the additional information that two of them survived. If you remove the article, you are left with an ungrammatical sentence.

    You could remove the article if you were talking about a regular/habitual occurrence. For example, "Two out of three people who are struck by lightning survive". You aren't talking about specific people or about a specific lightning strike but a fact based on previous events.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Two of the three people struck by lightning survived.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Two out of three people who are struck by lightning survive".
    I think that denotes the average number rather than the exact one.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Two of the three people struck by lightning survived.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Two out of three people who are struck by lightning survive".
    Can I say it like this? - "Two of three people who are struck by lightning survive." (I left out "out".)

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    Re: Two of the three people struck by lightning survived.

    I think 'out' should not be omitted.
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