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    Is "the" necessary?

    Teachers,

    Suppose you are yelling out to the other members of your family, that the food on the table is getting cold...

    Food is getting cold! (Come and get it.)
    The food is getting cold! (Come and get it.)

    Which would it be? Is "the" necessary?

    Thank you


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    Re: Is "the" necessary?

    (Not a teacher)

    Use "The food is getting cold."

    The article "the" focuses attention on which food is getting cold. All the food in the world? All the food in the house? Admittedly, in this situation everyone knows which food is getting cold whether "the" is used or not. But that's how English works.

    GF


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    Re: Is "the" necessary?

    After I posted my reply, I realized that in everyday informal speech one is perhaps more likely to hear "food's getting cold" or even "it's getting cold" (so much for being specific!). The first sentence is another example of the common spoken language not following grammatical rules.

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