[Grammar] In (the) light of (the) recent events

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ChessEnthusiast

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I've seen this expression used a lot of times in various article combinations. Which articles are necessary and which are not?
In (the) light of (the) recent events, I regret to inform that the ceremony has been canceled.
 

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'... I regret to inform you that ...'
 

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I find the start much more natural with no articles. I expect to read/hear "In light of recent events ...". If everyone is very clear on which events are being referenced, I might use "In light of the recent [tragic] events ...", but I wouldn't use "In the light of ...".
 
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