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I have made up an example below.
(1a) Look at the box near the window. There is a lot of rust on the top, front, and right.

All of my non-native English speaking friends think I should use "the" multiple times as given below.
(1b) Look at the box near the window. There is a lot of rust on the top, the front and the right.
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Then, I asked them why. They supported their answer by giving me the next example below.
(2a) There is a lot of garbage in the bathroom and living room.

But, I disagreed with them because as non-native speaker, using "the" twice their example makes it flow better.
(2b) There is a lot of garbage in the bathroom and the living room.
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In both examples (my friends' and mine), do you think the sentences sound better with "the" inserted before each noun?

What is your opinion? Thanks a lot for all your help and time.

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ansonguyIn both examples (my friends' and mine), do you think the sentences sound better with "the" inserted before each noun?

It depends. If I want to emphasize each room or part separately, I use the article before each. If I want to describe the box as quite rusty, or the house as dirty, I would not.

e.g.

Get the wire brush to clean the window box. Note that the top, the front and the right need some heavy brushing..
I've noticed some rust build-up on the window box, especially on the top, front and right.

It's trash day. If you pick up the trash in the bathroom and living room, I will take care of the bedrooms and kitchen.