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D00M
Posted: Monday, July 9, 2018 2:41:53 PM

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Hello respected teachers,

What is the difference in meaning between the two following?

Did your parents require you to help out with the cooking and cleaning at home?

Did your parents require you to help out with cooking and cleaning at home?

The custom of speaking is the original and only just standard of any language. Joseph Priestly- Rudiments of EG, 1761.
FounDit
Posted: Monday, July 9, 2018 3:01:31 PM

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D00M wrote:
Hello respected teachers,

What is the difference in meaning between the two following?

Did your parents require you to help out with the cooking and cleaning at home?

Did your parents require you to help out with cooking and cleaning at home?


There is no difference in the meaning.

The only time we might use "the" would be if we are speaking of that specific set of chores, rather than general work that might be done at home, such as taking out trash, cleaning rooms, general cooking and cleaning, etc.


We should look to the past to learn from it, not destroy our future because of it — FounDit
Romany
Posted: Monday, July 9, 2018 3:52:13 PM
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Whereas, in BE we use the article.
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