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In this country, the rain falls mostly near the coast.

Isn't it better to say : In this country, rain falls mostly near the coast?

Is it necessary to use 'the' here?

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Omar Ahmed

In this country, the rain falls mostly near the coast.

Isn't it better to say : In this country, rain falls mostly near the coast?

Yes, in an isolated sentence, but "the rain" is OK, especially if there is a contrast between "the rain" and something else.

In this country the rain falls mostly near the coast, but the snow almost always falls inland.

That said, even my example can be written without the two "the"s, not to mention that the sentence describes something unlikely to be true.

CJ

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"The rain" is okay - thiis is a question of sentence rhythm, which can be the deciding factor in usage. "Rain" with no article is also grammatical, but using the article here gives better rhythm.

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