[Grammar] definite article

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Hello,

Could soemone tell me if I have to use 'the' at the beginning of this sentence?

The TV was invented by John L. Baird in 1926.

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Hello,

Could soemone tell me if I have to use 'the' at the beginning of this sentence?

The TV was invented by John L. Baird in 1926.

Thank you very much,
heyt:roll:

No, it's not necessary. These days "the TV" is taken to mean "the television set" (the actual equipment). Whilst that may be true, Mr Baird is better known for inventing the whole concept/practicalites of television as a whole.

So - "TV was invented by..."
Radio was invented by...
Plastic was invented by...
Teflon was invented by...
 

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I'd like to ask you one more thing related to this:

If I say only that

The TV was invented in 1926 , do I need the definite article?

Thank you,
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