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    The invention of (the) radio has changed the world.

    "The invention of radio has changed the world." (Treasury of English Grammar)
    Is the use of radio itself correct? Is it necessary to add a THE before it? There is no context, just the sentence itself. I feel that using "THE radio" is more correct because it is more reasonable to refer to "a piece of electronic equipment used for listening to radio broadcasts" instead of "the system or work of broadcasting sound programs for the public to listen to". (From Cambridge Dictionary) Thanks!

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    Re: The invention of (the) radio has changed the world.

    I did a thorough search, and I was unable to find that sentence.

    I would say:

    The invention of the radio changed the world, especially communication.

    (I wish someone would explain "Thanks" in the first post to me.)
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    Re: The invention of (the) radio has changed the world.

    It's fine as written.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The invention of (the) radio has changed the world.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    (I wish someone would explain "Thanks" in the first post to me.)
    What do you mean by this? I don't get it. I just put "thanks" in the last to thank everyone that answers my question.

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    #5

    Re: The invention of (the) radio has changed the world.

    Do you think the inventor is famous for inventing "the radio," one piece of hardware for receiving signals? Or is it more likely that he is famous for inventing "radio," the system of using electromagnetic waves to transmit signals wirelessly over distances?

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    Re: The invention of (the) radio has changed the world.

    Quote Originally Posted by z7655431 View Post
    What do you mean by this? I don't get it. I just put "thanks"in the last at the end to thank everyone that answers my question.
    There's no need for that. Just click the 'Thank' button after you get our replies.

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    Re: The invention of (the) radio has changed the world.

    However, it doesn't bother me to see "Thanks" at the end of a post.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: The invention of (the) radio has changed the world.

    The word radio here refers to the technology of radio communications, not the little box you listen to media broadcasts on.

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    Re: The invention of (the) radio has changed the world.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Do you think the inventor is famous for inventing "the radio," one piece of hardware for receiving signals? Or is it more likely that he is famous for inventing "radio," the system of using electromagnetic waves to transmit signals wirelessly over distances?
    Yeah, I feel "radio" is a more likely word now.

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