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    Teachers,
    1\I came across this sentence- Our company decided to cancel the contract, because a number of the conditions had not been met, I am confused why the writer put 'the' here, in my opinion, we should omit it, am I right?
    2\What we said is a flat contradiction to them. How to understand flat here?
    Thanks

    The is correct, it refers to specific conditions relating to the contract.

    'Flat contradiction' is not an expression I'm familiar with. 'Flat refusal' is more common, 'turned them down flat'

    Our response to them was a flat refusal

    Our response to them was to turn them down flat.

    Flat here means absolutey or completely
    Last edited by curmudgeon; 28-Dec-2006 at 13:26.

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    Re: the

    1 It refers to specific conditions- the ones in the contract. It wouldn't be wrong without the article, but I prefer it with.
    2 flat = complete


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    Re: the

    Thanks, both two,
    Tdol, could you pls see my previous post, what is the meaning, a question about a sentence I read in your blog, I can not understand some words in this sentence, Thanks you

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    Re: the

    I've done it


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    Re: the

    Thanks for your timely answer, Tdol,

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