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    #1

    word or the word?

    All these sentences come from MACMILLAN, LANGMAN AND OXFORD:
    1. He sent word by an army messenger that they had arrived in Jakarta.
    2. Word of the incident spread quickly.
    3. Word/ Rumour/ Legend has it that her husband is not the father of the child.
    4. The word is that the two companies are planning a merger.
    5. spread/ pass the word: Health officials are encouraging people to spread the word about the benefits of exercise.
    6. send/ bring word: The mayor sent word he'd be late.

    Dear sir, could you tell me why some sentences are with word, others are with the word? Is there a rule for the use of "word" which means information or news?
    Last edited by joham; 14-Nov-2007 at 08:51. Reason: A post a week ago, can anyone help?


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    Re: word or the word?

    All these sentences come from MACMILLAN, LANGMAN AND OXFORD:
    1. He sent word by an army messenger that they had arrived in Jakarta.
    2. Word of the incident spread quickly.
    3. Word/ Rumour/ Legend has it that her husband is not the father of the child.
    4. The word is that the two companies are planning a merger.
    5. spread/ pass the word: Health officials are encouraging people to spread the word about the benefits of exercise.
    6. send/ bring word: The mayor sent word he'd be late.

    i'm not sure if there is a hard and fast rule. The meaning is nearly the same so it is more about using in context.

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