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Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 11:34:30 AM
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By upholding a spirit of compassion and sympathy for others and wishing happiness for people in the world, we contribute to world peace.

1. Is the sentence OK?
2. Should a be replaced by the?

Thanks.
Orson Burleigh
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 12:24:10 PM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
By upholding a spirit of compassion and sympathy for others and wishing happiness for people in the world, we contribute to world peace.

1. Is the sentence OK?
2. Should a be replaced by the?

Thanks.

The sentence is OK with either a or the.

Think The choice of a or the is really a philosophical question. Is there only one spirit of compassion and sympathy, or might compassion and sympathy potentially have many iterations, appearing in many differing forms?
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