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    bbudulinek is offline Newbie
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    zero article

    Hello,
    I am confused about using of zero article in the sentences like:

    Source of poisoning has yet to be identified but the local council's environmental health department believes that meat may have caused the outbreak.

    British Minister of Foreign Affairs will pay a three-day visit to Czechoslovakia next weekend.

    Please, could you help me? Thanks a lot for your comments:)

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    Re: zero article

    Quote Originally Posted by bbudulinek View Post
    Hello,
    I am confused about using of zero article in the sentences like:

    Source of poisoning has yet to be identified but the local council's environmental health department believes that meat may have caused the outbreak.

    British Minister of Foreign Affairs will pay a three-day visit to Czechoslovakia next weekend.

    Please, could you help me? Thanks a lot for your comments:)
    Both sentences should start - The - and appear to have been omitted to save space!

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    Re: zero article

    As apex2000 said, it's just telegraphese. Some newspapers do it rather too much, especially when quoting an official source. "The scene of the crime" often becomes 'Scene of crime'; I believe "SOC-" is a prefix sometimes used in police jargon when referring to this.

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