Good morning lovelies, last week we looked at "a" and "an" wrongly ommited with countable nouns. Today, we are taking our lessons on articles a step further by looking at "the" wrongly used.
"The" is a definite article and errors frequently occur where the definite article is concerned because most, if not all nouns must sometimes be preceded by the definite article and at other times must not. We'll run through this lesson this week and next week.
WRONG: The love is a virtue few people really practise.
CORRECT: Love is a virtue few people really practise.
WRONG: We are neglecting the railways and spending too much on the road transport.
CORRECT: We are neglecting the railways and spending too much on road transport.
WRONG: The society disapproves of those who do not respect its traditions.
CORRECT: Society disapproves of those who do not respect its tradition.
"The" can however be used with "society" when it has a capital "S" and means a professional body or a club, etc.
The Society will be obliged to you for your annual subscription.
WRONG: The superpowers spend colossal sums of money on the defence.
CORRECT: The superpowers spend colossal sums of money on defence.
WRONG: I loathe the administration, I prefer teaching.
CORRECT: I loathe administration, I prefer teaching.