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    I would like to know why the definite article 'the' is used in the following sentances.

    1. I have the ability to win any game.
    2. I have the guts to stand up before anyone.

    In the above two sentances why the definite article is used.
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    Re: Article

    Quote Originally Posted by arjitsharma View Post
    I would like to know why the definite article 'the' is used in the following sentences.

    1. I have the ability to win any game.
    2. I have the guts to stand up before anyone.

    In the above two sentences, why is the definite article is used?
    What do you think should be used if not the definite article?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Article

    In #1, we're talking about a specific ability-- the ability to win any game.
    In #2, "guts" means "courage", and again, we are specifying it-- the courage to stand up before anyone.

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