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    #1

    Christian missionaries converted many keralities.

    The Christian missionaries converted the Keralites.

    The Christian missionaries converted (the) many Keralities.

    Why 'the' is omitted in second sentence?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Christian missionaries converted many keralities.

    It's not omitted. It was never there.

    In most contexts, the articles are not used with the determiners much and ​many.

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    #3

    Re: Christian missionaries converted many keralities.

    In your title, you wrote "keralities".
    In your first sentence, you wrote"Keralites".
    In your second sentence, you wrote "Keralities".

    Which one of those three do you think is correct?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: Christian missionaries converted many keralities.

    Keralites.

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    #5

    Re: Christian missionaries converted many keralities.

    Quote Originally Posted by rock-onn View Post
    Why 'the' is omitted in second sentence?
    The subject and the auxiliary should be inverted in a question, and an article is missing before 'second sentence'.

    P.S. You did not have to send me a private message asking me my location. Simply click on 'Member Info' under my username.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Christian missionaries converted many keralities.

    rock-onn, members generally give as much/little information about themselves as they wish to be public knowledge on their About Me page. Some would regard requests for more information as intrusion.

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    Re: Christian missionaries converted many keralities.

    Quote Originally Posted by rock-onn View Post
    The Christian missionaries converted the Keralites.

    The Christian missionaries converted (the) many Keralities.

    Why 'the' is omitted in second sentence?
    It would be unusual, but you could use the article in the second if you wanted to say that they were a particularly numerous population and the missionaries managed to convert all of them. The more natural form would not use the article.

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    Re: Christian missionaries converted many keralities.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    P.S. You did not have to send me a private message asking me my location. Simply click on 'Member Info' under my username.
    BTW If Matthew's location and first language are being raised on the grounds of his knowledge of English, I see him as a native speaker of English. I can't comment on his command of Chinese.

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