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Luker4
Posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 12:34:52 PM

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Automation of manufacturing process makes the production cheaper and more effective than it used to be in the past. Original sentence

The automation of the manufacturing process makes production cheaper and more effective than it used to be in the past. Corrected by the teacher

Could you explain the usage of "the" in this sentence. I understand the need for "the" before Automation now, but what about other definite articles in this sentence. why before manufacturing process and not before production ?

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thar
Posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 1:09:11 PM

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Automation of ....
Uncountable concept..
Or
The automation (which we have just been discussing at this meeting....)


I prefer it without the article.
It certainly doesn't need one - automation is uncountable. You would only add it if you were refererring back to a particular programme of automation, of which there is no evidence here.
It depends on the context.
Automation makes production cheaper - two concepts.

The automation (which we have put in) makes production cheaper.
One specified, one not.
Hmmmm. I don't like contradicting your teach but I have to say I don't like that article. It doesn't seem justified.


The process - countable and specified (which process - the manufacturing process)


Production - uncountable concept - the act of making something. You are not specifying 'the production of TVs or the production of chairs, so it is not definite. No article. Just the act of production.



Edit
Used to be in the past is redundant and sounds a bit odd.
Either it used to be, or it was in the past.
'Used to' automatically implies the past, so you don't need to repeat it.
NKM
Posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 11:53:08 PM

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The only "the" that is really needed is the one in "the manufacturing process".

The "the" before "production" certainly seems very much out of place, and should not be there.

The "the" before "automation" might or might not be appropriate, depending on context.

Luker4
Posted: Saturday, December 23, 2017 8:34:21 AM

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Thank you :)


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