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    A simple question about usage of "THE"

    Hi, I sometimes get these really minor grammer questions that just bite me like a bug every now and then.

    Really stupid ones too...

    Now onto the question:

    Which of the following is the correct usage? Please explain why so i dont forget.

    1. The south and north squads were misplaced.
    2. The south and the north squads were misplaced.
    3. The south squad and the north squad were misplaced.

    I am assuming 1 and 3 options are the correct ones but I wonder if option 2 is correct.

    Thanks in advance.


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    Re: A simple question about usage of "THE"

    Quote Originally Posted by vcolts View Post
    Hi, I sometimes get these really minor grammer questions that just bite me like a bug every now and then.

    Really stupid ones too...

    Now onto the question:

    Which of the following is the correct usage? Please explain why so i dont forget.

    1. The south and north squads were misplaced.
    2. The south and the north squads were misplaced.
    3. The south squad and the north squad were misplaced.

    I am assuming 1 and 3 options are the correct ones but I wonder if option 2 is correct.

    Thanks in advance.
    They are all correct, but the first is the most succinct.

    The and squads only need to appear once in the subject to make it understandable.

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