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hello!

this can be confusing for beginners as to as and when to use "the" (definite) or "a/an" (indefinite) article correctly.

in grammar rules, the definite article (the) is used in occasions like stating a unique object, e.g. The moon, The sun and etc. secondly, when the same noun is mentioned again, e.g. a boy meets a girl. in an uncanny coincidence, the boy meets the girl again.

while the indefinite article (a/an) is mainly used in cases like indicating the concept of 'one' or 'everyone'.

my question: the police is bestowed with powers and laws to maintain social order.

in this case, do i use an indefinite article "the" for the phrase 'social order'?

thank you.
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Hi,

My question: the police is bestowed with powers and laws to maintain social order.

In this case, do I use an definite article "the" for the phrase 'social order'?

I put the here.

Quoc
i see. could you care to explain more of it? thanks.
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i see. "the social order" is an unique object as it is the specific noun being determined here with a full-stop at the end of it.