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Question 1:
What does the phrase make it count mean?
Question 2:
Is it necessary to use definite article the in ''what does the phrase...''?
Question 3:
Which of the following sentences is correct?
1: Is it necessary to use the definite article the in ''what does the phrase...''?
2: Is it necessary to use definite article the in ''what does the phrase...''?
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Jackson6612What does the phrase make it count mean?
Do it in earnest.
Jackson6612Is it necessary to use the definite article the in ''what does the phrase...''?
No. The indefinite article could be used, for example. What does a phrase ... ? It depends what you're asking. If you mean the, say the. If you mean a, say a.
Jackson6612Which of the following sentences is correct?
1: Is it necessary to use the definite article the in ''what does the phrase...''?
2: Is it necessary to use definite article the in ''what does the phrase...''?
The first only.
CJ
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Do it so it has a clear effect/result/importance.
CalifJim
Jackson6612Is it necessary to use the definite article the in ''what does the phrase...''?
No. The indefinite article could be used, for example. What does a phrase ... ? It depends what you're asking. If you mean the, say the. If you mean a, say a.

Sorry for asking you this, what do you mean by saying '' If you mean the, say the. If you mean a, say a''?
Jackson6612Sorry for asking you this, what do you mean by saying '' If you mean the, say the. If you mean a, say a''?
I mean that you need one or the other; you can't just use no article at all, as in *What does phrase ...? So the choice is yours. Choose the if you're talking about the phrase; choose a if you're talking about a phrase.
It's the same as the choice between any two words. If you want to know about my pet cat, not about my pet dog, you have to use the word cat. If you want to know about my pet dog, you have to use the word dog, not cat. These are not questions of grammar. It is equally grammatical to ask me about my dog as to ask me about my cat.

So if you mean the (the phrase) then say the phrase; if you mean a (a phrase) then say a phrase. Both are grammatical. The choice is based on meaning. the and a have different meanings, just like dog and cathave different meanings. Only you know what's in your mind; only you can make the choice. Emotion: smile

CJ
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Thanks a lot for the explanation, Jim.

I submit that the phrase "make it count" means:

  • Succeed! For example, in basketball, saying "Make those free throws count." means "Make those shots and score some points for our team."
  • Achieve what is in front of you. In other words, successfully complete the task or challenge that is before you and make a positive difference.
  • Be successful, do not waste the opportunity at hand.