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    a range of

    Hi! teachers.

    The company encountered a range of( )that needed to be
    overcome last year.

    (a) a technical problem
    (b) the technical problem
    (c) technical problems
    (d) the technical problems

    (C) is the answer but I wonder why (d) is not right. Is it wrong to use article "the" after "a range of"?

    Thanks for your explanaions in advance.

    Regards!
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    Re: a range of

    Quote Originally Posted by Grinkl View Post
    Hi! teachers.

    The company encountered a range of( )that needed to be
    overcome last year.

    (a) a technical problem
    (b) the technical problem
    (c) technical problems
    (d) the technical problems

    (C) is the answer but I wonder why (d) is not right. Is it wrong to use article "the" after "a range of"?

    Thanks for your explanaions in advance.

    Regards!
    Hi, Grinkl.

    I'd like to give you some information from the book named Practical English Usage(Michael Swan). On page 62 it says :

    the does not mean 'all'

    We do not use the with uncountable or plural nouns to talk about things in general - to talk about all books, all people or all life, for example. The does not mean 'all.' Instead, we use no article.


    So, in your sentence,
    "a range of technical problems" is appropriate because the writer(speaker) is talking about "technical problems" in general, not the particular "technical problems."

    I hope it will be a great help to you.
    (I'm not a native speaker of English, so please forgive me if I'm wrong.)

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    Re: a range of

    I've just visited BRITISH NATIONAL CORPUS, and searched the usage of " a range of..."
    It seems to be used with plural nouns with no article.
    For reference, please go to the link below :
    http://sara.natcorp.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin...?qy=a+range+of



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    Re: a range of

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hi, Grinkl.

    I'd like to give you some information from the book named Practical English Usage(Michael Swan). On page 62 it says :

    the does not mean 'all'

    We do not use the with uncountable or plural nouns to talk about things in general - to talk about all books, all people or all life, for example. The does not mean 'all.' Instead, we use no article.


    So, in your sentence,
    "a range of technical problems" is appropriate because the writer(speaker) is talking about "technical problems" in general, not the particular "technical problems."

    I hope it will be a great help to you.
    (I'm not a native speaker of English, so please forgive me if I'm wrong.)


    Thanks for your kind and earnest explanation, but because "technical problems" is modified by relative clause "that needed to be overcome last year, is particular "the" possible in the sentence above?


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    Re: a range of

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    I've just visited BRITISH NATIONAL CORPUS, and searched the usage of " a range of..."
    It seems to be used with plural nouns with no article.
    For reference, please go to the link below :
    http://sara.natcorp.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin...?qy=a+range+of

    WOW! THANKS MILLIONS! TZFUJIMINO^^

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    Re: a range of

    Quote Originally Posted by Grinkl View Post
    Thanks for your kind and earnest explanation, but because "technical problems" is modified by relative clause "that needed to be overcome last year, is particular "the" possible in the sentence above?
    I understand what you mean.
    Well...all I can say at the moment is...
    I haven't been able to find "a range of the..."
    I can't really explain it well.
    I'm really sorry I can't be of much help to you...
    Please wait for native speakers to respond.

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