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    (The) television

    Hey,

    should there be the definite or zero article in the sentence below? Could you possibly explain the difference? Thanks a lot.

    Waawe


    My father used to say: '(The) Television is the thief of time.'

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    Re: (The) television

    The rule with “television” is that if you mean the TV set then you have to use an article with it whether definite or indefinite as in a colour television but if you mean the programmes broadcast on TV then no article is used as in do nothing but watch television. I believe in your sentence the TV programmes are meant so no article is to be used.

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    Re: (The) television

    Thanks a lot. I thought so. I just wondered whether we could also use the definite article in its generic meaning as in 'The tiger is a dangerous animal.'

    Thanks for help.

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