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Snappy"I would like to tell you about growing the steel industry."
The sentence above is perfectly OK. There is no connection between using "the" and the -ing form in the sentences you have compared.
Snappy2.
a) What do you think of the liberalization of rice imports in Japan?
b). What do you think of liberalization of rice imports in Japan?
There is a difference in these 2. In (a), I would assume there is a new law to liberalize rice imports, and you are asking about it.
In (b), you are asking my philosophy in general about the subject.
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Thank you for your quick reply.
AlpheccaStars
Snappy"I would like to tell you about growing the steel industry."

The sentence above is perfectly OK. There is no connection between using "the" and the -ing form in the sentences you have compared.
Would you clarify the following things?

1. Do you mean the sentence, "I would like to tell you about growth of the steel industry," (without "the" before "growth") acceptable?

2. Isn't the sentence, "I would like to tell you about growing the steel industry," different from the sentence, "I would like to tell you about the growth of the steel industry." in meaning?

3. I found this on a UK site.

"Turbulent markets took a further toll on financial jobs yesterday as Citigroup, the US banking giant, announced the closure of two UK sub-prime businesses, and Ingenious, the media investment company, shut its fledgling stockbroking arm."

Is the definite article before "closure of two..." optional and can be left out?

Sorry; I may have posted this twice as a result of line trouble.
SnappyWould you clarify the following things?

1. Do you mean the sentence, "I would like to tell you about growth of the steel industry," (without "the" before "growth") acceptable?>> Yes. It would be a general topic for a lecture or discussion. If you put "the growth", then that means you are talking about some specific time (for example, the last 5 years) when the steel industry grew, and you will tell me, perhaps, the reasons why it grew during that time.

2. Isn't the sentence, "I would like to tell you about growing the steel industry," different from the sentence, "I would like to tell you about the growth of the steel industry." in meaning? >> Yes, they are different. In the first sentence, for example, you could be a government official and could make new laws regulating the steel industry. I am the preseident of a steel company. I would like to hear your ideas on how you can grow my industry (more profits for my company!) In the second sentence, you are an economics professor and lecturing sutdents on what happened when the steel industry grew.

3. I found this on a UK site.

"Turbulent markets took a further toll on financial jobs yesterday as Citigroup, the US banking giant, announced the closure of two UK sub-prime businesses, and Ingenious, the media investment company, shut its fledgling stockbroking arm."

Is the definite article before "closure of two..." optional and can be left out? >> the closure means a specific event that happened yesterday. "The" is not optional.

Thank you AlpheccaStarts for your quick reply.
AlpheccaStars"Turbulent markets took a further toll on financial jobs yesterday as Citigroup, the US banking giant, announced the closure of two UK sub-prime businesses, and Ingenious, the media investment company, shut its fledgling stockbroking arm."

Is the definite article before "closure of two..." optional and can be left out? >> the closure means a specific event that happened yesterday. "The" is not optional.

I am a little confused, because I found this on the Internet (a UK news site).

"WASHING machine makers Indesit have announced they are closing their Bodelwyddan factory with more than 300 jobs facing the axe.

Closure of the factory was the ‘only feasible option’ for the company, which was originally Hotpoint in Llandudno Junction."

There is no definite article before "Closure." Is this just because it is the top of the sentence or it is a news article?
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