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    definite article

    Dear Friends,

    Though my intuition says 'yes', I am not 100% sure if I must use the definite article in the following:

    'X' expresses the? diametrically opposite of what we generally mean by 'Y'.

    Thank you for your help.

    Palinkasocsi

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    Re: definite article

    Yes, you need the definite article. I would say 'the diametrical...' rather than 'diametrically'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by palinkasocsi View Post
    Dear Friends,

    Though my intuition says 'yes', I am not 100% sure if I must use the definite article in the following:

    'X' expresses the? diametrically opposite of what we generally mean by 'Y'.

    Thank you for your help.

    Palinkasocsi
    An adverb can't modify a noun, so diametrically should be changed into complete. The definte article is fine here.


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    Re: definite article

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
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    An adverb can't modify a noun, so diametrically should be changed into complete. The definte article is fine here.

    X diametrically expresses the opposite of what we generally mean by Y

    The adverb is possible in this construction (so if you really like the word diametrically, here's a solution)

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    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    X diametrically expresses the opposite of what we generally mean by Y

    The adverb is possible in this construction (so if you really like the word diametrically, here's a solution)

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    I've got another idea to supply your sentence with the adverb diametrically:

    X is diametrically opposite to what we generally mean by Y.

    But this time there's no THE.


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    Re: definite article

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    I've got another idea to supply your sentence with the adverb diametrically:

    X is diametrically opposite to what we generally mean by Y.

    But this time there's no THE.
    Thanks Engee30 for this alternative but do you natives agree that this sentence is grammatically correct?


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    Re: definite article

    Quote Originally Posted by palinkasocsi View Post
    Thanks Engee30 for this alternative but do you natives agree that this sentence is grammatically correct?
    I think it is correct. In Engee's sentence diametrically is a predicate adverb, and is the complement of "is".

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