If I am testing a software, can I say

'The testing is in progress'
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Perhaps someday we'll have a special forum for signs.

"The" is called a definite article. When you wish to indicate that (a) particular (definite) test/tests/testing/series of tests is/are being conducted, "The" is appropriate.

In some cases the article should be omitted; in some cases it may be omitted; in some cases it may not be omitted.

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"The testing is in progress" is the question in particular. That much we can agree; can't we?

If the question were asked by your boss: How is the software testing going? Yes, I agree "the" is required in the answer.

Now, with mom's dinner, in your opinion, should mom yell out :THE dinner is ready? Since we are talking about the dinner she just finished cooking? I think I need to be educated by an expertEmotion: wink
I think whether or not "Dinner is served!" is a true sentence is a grey area. I could go either way. I'm constantly amused by the number of different ways professional grammarians look at things.
Almost by definition, some idioms defy the rules.
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Certainly, it's "THE economy," not "Economy."

Ok, "economy" may be a grey area. Certain general contexts in my search don't include it in them.

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AvangiI think whether or not "Dinner is served!" is a true sentence is a grey area.

I've decided this was a really dumb thing to say.[N]


It's rudimentary that the indefinite article is rarely omitted and the definite article is frequently omitted. Finding examples in which "the" is omitted in no way refutes this fact.

There are plenty of previous threads discussing the circumstances under which "the" should/may be omitted. I'm not sure where we're going. Are we discussing the case of one particular "the"? It's possible to include it or exclude it depending on how you want your sentence to read.
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