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Hello.

I am not a native speaker and I have a question about using the article “the” when writing formal (technical) articles.

First, if I have a structure such as “something of something” and the second something (owner) is definite, then still I need an article for the first one? For example, which of the following sentences are correct?

1. The location of the lamps in the hallway is important.

2. Location of the lamps in the hallway is important.

Second, do we need the articles in the following sentence?

The writing is the human invention.



Thanks a lot in advance, with

Best Regards,

M. Ghashghaee
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Hello, ghashghaee-- and welcome to English Forums.

The use of articles is not always straightforward. These are correct:

The location of the lamps in the hallway is important.-- 'Location' is a countable noun of place.

Location of the lamps in the hallway is important.-- 'Location' is a non-count noun of process

Writing is a human invention.-- 'Writing' is a non-count process; there are many human inventions.
Writing on a wall is called graffiti.-- 'Writing' is a non-count process; any wall is meant.

The writing on the wall was illegible. --'Writing' is a specific sample; a specific wall is meant.

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ghashghaeeHello.

I am not a native speaker and I have a question about using the article “the” when writing formal (technical) articles.
First, if I have a structure such as “something of something” and the second something (owner) is definite, then still I need an article for the first one? NO because first something is not a particular definite object .For example, which of the following sentences are correct?
1. The location of the lamps in the hallway is important.
2. Location of the lamps in the hallway is important.This one is correct
Second, do we need the articles in the following sentence?
The writing is the human invention.

Thanks a lot in advance, with
Best Regards,
M. Ghashghaee

As I am not native speaker I shall be happy if our forum teachers give their comments