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    All participants or all of the participants

    This is a synthesis exercise.

    Question: Not a single participant was absent during the training.

    (A) My answer: All of the participants were present during the training.

    (B) I'm wondering if I can leave out 'of the' and still stay in context, as in without changing the meaning of the question.

    (C) What if I leave out only 'of'? As in, 'All the participants were present during the training.'

    Thank you!

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    Re: All participants or all of the participants

    Hi Oceanlike,

    I would say that all your options work well. 'All participants' might have a bit more of a 'succinct' feel to it, and may be more commonly found in report writing, for instance. But this is a very subtle difference and in practice I would say that they all work equally well.

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    Sue

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    Re: All participants or all of the participants

    By saying the training, you seem to be specifying so you should use the same kind of reference for the participants. The definite article (the) is a specific reference. Therefore, you should say all (of) the participants. (The of is optional.)

    If you do not use (of) the, you are using a more general reference.

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