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    Hard work is a/the key to success.

    Which is correct?


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    'The', because you are emphasising it is the most important element. If you used 'a' you would be suggesting it is one of many and no more important than the others.


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    Re: article

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    Hard work is a/the key to success.

    Which is correct?
    There are several keys to success, like perseverance, talent, etc., and hard work is one of them:
    Hard work is a key to success.

    To achieve your goal, all you need to do is work hard:
    Hard work is the key to success.

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