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    Using articles with words like British, American

    Good afternoon! What is the right way to say: THE British economy or just British economy, THE British agriculture or just British agriculture? And why?Thanks
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    Re: Using articles with words like British, American

    Quote Originally Posted by anyut_ka View Post
    Good afternoon! It might have been afternoon when you wrote your post but it could be any time of day when people read it!

    Hello.

    What is the right way to say: Which of the following is/are correct and why?

    1. THE The British economy or just
    2. British economy
    3. THE The British agriculture or just
    4. British agriculture

    And why?

    Thanks.
    Welcome to the forum.

    Please note my corrections and my changes to the layout of your post above.

    All four could be correct, depending on the context. Please give us complete sentences to consider.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Using articles with words like British, American

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Welcome to the forum.

    Please note my corrections and my changes to the layout of your post above.

    All four could be correct, depending on the context. Please give us complete sentences to consider.

    1. The British economy is boosted by North Sea oil and gas production; its reserves were valued at an estimated £250 billion in 2007.
    2. British agriculture is efficient, for it is based on modern technology and research.

    Still there’s no understanding the use of the definite article. Sorry.

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    Re: Using articles with words like British, American

    First of all, in those sentences, economy is a countable noun and agriculture is an uncountable noun, so the normal rules apply.

    Do you know the rules for article use concerning countability of nouns?

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    Re: Using articles with words like British, American

    Yeah, thank you. The rules I know. But what about these sentences:

    The main sectors of British economy are manufacturing, services and agriculture. Manufacturing plays a vital role in the British economy.

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    #6

    Re: Using articles with words like British, American

    Where did you see those sentences?

    Are you sure you didn't miss out a the before British economy in the first sentence?

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    #8

    Re: Using articles with words like British, American

    It should be the British economy. Where it's written otherwise, it's an error.

    The text is written by a non-native (probably Russian) speaker with a less than proficient use of articles.

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    Re: Using articles with words like British, American

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    It's not perfect.
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