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    The use of 'definite article' in this sentence...

    Hi,

    I came across this sentence in a vocabulary book, as a sample context, and I was just wondering if 'the' has to be used before the word 'maintaining':

    "The layer of gases [and ...] are of prime importance to maintaining of life on Earth."

    Shouldn't that be '...to the maintaining of life on Earth.'

    Or, '...to maintaining life on Earth.'?

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    Re: The use of 'definite article' in this sentence...

    You're right that the original is wrong. However, your first suggested alternative doesn't work. It should have said either "... to the maintenance of life ..." or "... to maintaining life ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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