[Vocabulary] I like the tranquility of the quiet countryside.

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Are these two sentences correct?

I like the tranquility of the quiet countryside.
The countryside has a tranquilizing effect on visitors.
 

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They're grammatical, but which one do you think is better?
 

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You're right that the first is better. Can you also see which word is not necessary in it?
 

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You're right that the first is better. Can you also see which word is not necessary in it?
I think the article "the".
I like [STRIKE]the
[/STRIKE]tranquility of the quiet countryside.
 

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I like the tranquility of the countryside.
 

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I think the article "the".
I like [STRIKE]the [/STRIKE]
tranquility of the quiet countryside.
No, the definite article is needed because we are talking about a specific "tranquility", that of the countryside.
The word "quiet" is not wrong, but it does not really add much in that sentence.
 

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The word "quiet" is just about redundant there because you've already used "tranquility". You're hardly going to say "I like the tranquility of the chaotic noisy countryside"!
 
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