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    Question China is [the] home to 56 official ethnic groups

    From the hinterlands of North China, to the lush forests in the south, and from the Taiwanese highlands in the east, to the “world's roof-top” in the west, China is home to 56 official ethnic groups, of which the Hans form the largest one, accounting for over ninety percent of the total population.
    I would add 'the' before 'home' in the part I highlighted in blue. That is 'China is the home to 56....' Am I wrong? If yes, why?

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    Re: China is [the] home to 56 official ethnic groups

    home
    a place where something normally or naturally lives or is located
    [count] ▪ Australia is the home [=habitat] of the kangaroo.
    [noncount] ▪ The islands are home to many species of birds.

    home
    TOWN / COUNTRY
    [C, U] the town, district, country, etc. that you come from, or where you are living and that you feel you belong to: I often think about my friends back home. Jane left England and made Greece her home. Jamaica is home to over two million people.

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    Re: China is [the] home to 56 official ethnic groups

    Hello Daruma,

    Thank you very much for your help.

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    Re: China is [the] home to 56 official ethnic groups

    I would not use the article. For one thing, there is a large Chinese diaspora, so it is not the only home, and we generally don't use the article in this structure unless it is clearly the only one and we wish to emphasise this, usually when we mean that somwething started the- the home of Rock n' Roll.

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    Re: China is [the] home to 56 official ethnic groups

    Many thanks, Tdol.

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    Re: China is [the] home to 56 official ethnic groups

    They're right.

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