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    Determiners with numeral units

    Hi. I am wondering: why is "the" not used when expressing number units. e.g.

    Cited Invention 1 and Cited invention 2 are not related.

    We don't use "the", why? Because the number is a modifier of the noun?

    However: The cited inventions are similar. (We use the to express the plural inventions.)

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    Re: Determiners with numeral units

    Hi Moxiest

    The numbers 1 and 2 tells us which inventions, and so 'the' isn't required--the inventions are already specified. But they aren't here, The cited inventions are similar which is why 'the' is used.

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