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About the use of the article



-eva
Spain

About the use of the article
 
Hi dear colleagues,
I īve got a question about the use/omission of "the" in the following sentence:
I was exposed to the rain and the wind and (the???) cold weather tended to shorten battery life.
I īve copied the sentence litteraly from my course book resource pack and students are meant to correct mistakes. The thing is, I īd personally leave "the" before cold weather, but the key says "omit it".
Have you got any clues?
Thanks a lot in advance for your help.
Eva

26 Apr 2013      



jannabanna
France

The key is correct!  As a native speaker - no doubts -
 
I was exposed to the rain and the wind and cold weather tended to shorten battery life.

Janet


26 Apr 2013     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

I īm not happy about this sentence at all. (Maybe I need to get a life?)
Shouldn īt it be it was exposed to the rain... referring to something that the battery is in? Also, it should be tends because it īs a general statement, not something that happened once.
 
The would be needed in the following sentence: It (my phone or whatever) was exposed to the rain and wind and the cold weather shortened the battery life. In this instance, you are referring to that particular patch of cold weather.
 
Well, I have thoroughly complicated matters!
 
Edit: is it metaphorical - i.e you ran out of puff???
 
Lynne

26 Apr 2013     



yanogator
United States

I agree with Lynne, but the sentence definitely needs a comma, either after "rain" or after "wind", depending on which it was exposed to, and which shortened the battery life.
 
Either
   I(t) was exposed to the rain, and the wind and the cold weather (It works with or without "the") tend to shorten battery life.
 
  I(t) was exposed to the rain and the wind, and the cold weather tends to shorten battery life.
 
I(t) was exposed to the rain and the wind, and cold weather (speaking generally now) tends to shorten battery life.
 
And you thought you complicated matters, Lynne!
 
Bruce

26 Apr 2013     



edrodmedina
United States

...shorten it īs battery life. Hhhhm. I can only imagine what we are talking about here. Big smile Ed

26 Apr 2013     



-eva
Spain

Thanks a lot for your more than useful contributions.
Lots of love,
Eva

29 Apr 2013