They didn't have the time or the money to go on holidays.

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  1. My parents worked hard their whole life. They didn't have the time or the money to go on holidays. It's from here: http://www.english-grammar.at/online_exercises/articles/art006.htm

My answer was without "the" (They didn't have time or money to go on holidays.) but the "Check" button told me I was wrong. I don't know why it's wrong, frankly. Is it so? If so, could you explain why?
 
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  1. My parents worked hard their whole life. They didn't have the time or the money to go on holidays. It's from here: http://www.english-grammar.at/online_exercises/articles/art006.htm

My answer was without "the" (They didn't have time or money to go on holidays.) but the "Check" button told me I was wrong. I don't know why it's wrong, frankly. Is it so? If so, could you explain why?

I would say "They worked hard their whole lives" but there seems to be an unfortunate trend to use the word "life" as if it is plural.
 

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Thanks for spotting it. It's funny because I did mean "explain" but, for some reason, wrote "understand". Was it magic? :)
 

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Well, you explain something so the person can understand it. So the two words are related in a sense.

Recently, I was thinking one thing and I typed something else.
 
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