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    #1

    Definite article before of-phrase

    In my opinion, the definite article before "of-phrases" can be left out, but I am not confident.

    1. I would like to tell you about the growth of the steel industry.
    It is not natural to leave out "the" before "growth," because it is impossible to say, "I would like to tell you about growing the steel industry."

    2. What do you think of the liberalization of rice imports in Japan?
    It is optional to leave out "the" before "liberalization," because it is possible to say, "What do you think of liberalizing rice imports in Japan."

    I would like to know your opinion.


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    #2

    Re: Definite article before of-phrase

    I don't think your theory works. To my mind, you can't leave out the in What do you think of the liberalization of rice imports in Japan?


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    #3

    Re: Definite article before of-phrase

    If the noun modified by an of-phrase indicates a process, you need 'the' with it.
    E.g. the development of science
    the growth of the economy
    the implementation of the plan

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