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Allen165

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"He must report malfunctions to XXX with all available documents attached and with information on the date, time, and the exact attendant circumstances."

Is "the" necessary?

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"He must report malfunctions to XXX with all available documents attached and with information on the date, time, and the exact attendant circumstances."

Is "the" necessary?

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Yes, it is, IMO.
 

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I would like to diagree there. If there is a necessity for a 'the' there, why not also before 'time'?

Do you have some rule up your sleeve, or just a feeling (¿¿up your sleeve??). For me it sounds fine:

"He must report malfunctions to XXX with all available documents attached and with information on the date, time, direction, altitude, course, flying time, and exact attendant circumstances."

There is no call for a lot of 'thes' (if that is in fact the plural of the).

The 'the' is just to lay accent on 'exact', and it would sound like 'thee'.
 

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I would like to diagree there. If there is a necessity for a 'the' there, why not also before 'time'?

Do you have some rule up your sleeve, or just a feeling (¿¿up your sleeve??). For me it sounds fine:

"He must report malfunctions to XXX with all available documents attached and with information on the date, time, direction, altitude, course, flying time, and exact attendant circumstances."

There is no call for a lot of 'thes' (if that is in fact the plural of the).

The 'the' is just to lay accent on 'exact', and it would sound like 'thee'.
Yes, I think it's important to lay emphasis on "exact". I don't think it's necessary before "time" because it goes together with "date". No rule, just style.
 
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