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Hi

Dial the number again without the first digit zero.

--- Should there be "the" before "first" or not? When is it possible to omit the article "the" before "second/third etc"?

Thanks
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Yes, 'the'... and a comma after digit. You cannot omit 'the' when 'first' is serving as an adjective for a countable noun or is a pronoun acting in lieu thereof. You need no article when it is an adverb. I suppose there might be other cases.
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Hi,

Dial the number again without the first digit zero.

--- Should there be "the" before "first" or not? Yes. It's a specific reference to one of several zeros.

When is it possible to omit the article "the" before "second/third etc"?

I drank a second cup of coffee. non-specific reference.

Second place is better than third. General reference.

Clive
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Clive I drank a second cup of coffee. non-specific reference.

Clive

Hi

I know you either put "the" or nothing, but I think I've never heard about putting "a" before second, third etc.

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Hi,

It's similar to saying 'a big cup of coffee'.

Clive