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    #1

    The definite article before "responsibility"

    Hello.

    Should I use the definite article before "responsibility"?
    1. "I decided to take all the responsibility to myself."

    2. "I feel the responsibility." ( When leaving children alone. So I will never do that)

    3. "All the responsibility is mine." (When I have to watch my sister's kids).

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    #2

    Re: The definite article before "responsibility"

    Yes.

    In other contexts, the article would be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: The definite article before "responsibility"

    I don't like disagreeing with Rover, but my answer is different.

    I find the first one totally unnatural. I would say:

    I accept the responsibility.

    For the second one I would say:

    I am responsible for them.
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    #4

    Re: The definite article before "responsibility"

    I tend to agree with both posts. In all three sentences the use of the definite article is correct but it would be difficult to construct a dialogue in colloquial English where either of the first two would be appropriate.
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    #5

    Re: The definite article before "responsibility"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Hello.

    Should I use the definite article before "responsibility"?
    1. "I decided to take assume all the responsibility to myself."

    2. "I feel the responsibility." ( When leaving children alone. So I will never do that) OK.

    3. "All the responsibility is mine." OK. Or "The responsibility is all mine." (When I have to watch my sister's kids).
    My shot.

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    #6

    Re: The definite article before "responsibility"

    I'm confused about article usage with "responsibility". Here're some examples I've found:

    1) "You feel responsibility for everybody in some way — what they're feeling, how they're going, even the guys who aren't playing."
    (The New York Times - Sports)

    2) "We feel the responsibility for the fans in New York, and we think that major women's tennis is on a real upswing."
    (The New Yourk Times - Sports)

    3) "There are times that I am afraid, but that makes me stronger. I feel a responsibility for my ancestors when I play." (Vice)

    These contexts seem quite similar to me, and yet the articles are different.
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    #7

    Re: The definite article before "responsibility"

    For the first, I would use:

    I accept all responsibility.

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    #8

    Re: The definite article before "responsibility"

    Quote Originally Posted by Alexey86 View Post
    I'm confused about article usage with "responsibility". Here're some examples I've found:

    1) "You feel responsibility for everybody in some way what they're feeling, how they're going, even the guys who aren't playing."
    (The New York Times - Sports)

    2) "We feel the responsibility for the fans in New York, and we think that major women's tennis is on a real upswing."
    (The New Yourk Times - Sports)

    3) "There are times that I am afraid, but that makes me stronger. I feel a responsibility for my ancestors when I play." (Vice)

    These contexts seem quite similar to me, and yet the articles are different.
    Number 1 and 3 work well for me. Number 2 doesn't work as well but I wouldn't say it's wrong.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: The definite article before "responsibility"

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Number 1 and 3 work well for me.
    What makes responsibility uncountable in the former and countable in the latter? Would it work the other way around?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Number 2 doesn't work as well but I wouldn't say it's wrong.
    What would work well?
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    #10

    Re: The definite article before "responsibility"

    Quote Originally Posted by Alexey86 View Post
    What makes responsibility uncountable in the former and countable in the latter? Would it work the other way around?
    It would work the other way around. I don't know the answer to your first question.
    I am not a teacher.

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