Rob and Ashlie discuss how to use ‘going to’ and ‘will’ to talk about plans and make predictions.

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Hello raj.kumar123,

The use of articles is more complex than that. You can find a good general explanation of when to use 'the' on our definite article page, and I'd also recommend you look through our indefinite article page as well. The sentence you ask about doesn't sound like an introductory sentence, and so presumably the possibility it speaks about has already been mentioned. This is one way of understanding why 'the' is needed here.

Best regards,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Kirk, there is no concept of 'the' in my mother tongue. Consequently, I face difficulty while using it in English. The following sentence is the introduction to one my papers:
"A, B, C Works have been chosen for a brief study of the representation of India, a country which is marked by pluralism. The paper attempts to reveal that possibility of multiple perspectives problematizes access to Truth." In the second sentence, I have not used 'the' before possibility because I have used it in very general sense. Is this a correct sentence? What is your take on it?

Hi raj.kumar123,

Thanks for providing the full context for the sentence you ask about. Some kind of article, probably 'the', is definitely needed before 'possibility'. I don't see 'possibility' being used in such a general sense here; it seems to me you're speaking about a definite, specific possibility, i.e. that there can be multiple perspectives. These perspectives can be diverse, but the possibility of them existing is something you've already mentioned in the first sentence.

I hope this helps. Articles can be a challenge, even for people whose native languages have them, so I'd encourage you to keep working on this. The more you read and write, the more you will come to understand them.

By the way, could you please ask questions such as this one on a more relevant page, e.g. definite article? That way other uses can benefit from your questions, too. Thanks.

Best regards,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Kirk,
May I kindly request you to read one of my papers and give suggestions for improvement? May I have your personal email i.d.? I know it is against house rules. However, kindly consider my request keeping in view my dedication to learning English.

Hello raj.kumar123,

I can see you are very dedicated. However, this is not a service that we can offer; for this you need to find a local teacher.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Kirk,
Thanks for your reply and the link to 'definite article'. I have read all these rules a number of times. However, I find Articles challenging when it comes to practice.

One of my teachers has suggested me to focus on descriptive grammar instead of prescriptive grammar. She says we will be speechless if we become fussy about Prescriptive grammar.

Dear Kirk, Thanks for your response. I am studying English in India. I want to excel in British English, as I aspire to be an IELTS examiner.

At present, I can't afford the services of a private international teacher to learn the subtleties of British English. I write articles, but I hardly find any expert of English to check them.

What should I do to improve my level of English? Could I submit my articles here and request the experts to spare some time to check them?

I am an ardent learner of English. Kindly guide me.

Where are you, Peter? I have been waiting for your response.

Hello raj.kumar123,

Please remember that LearnEnglish is a free service offered by the British Council which is primarily a materials resource; the answers we provide in the comments sections are what we can manage in what other time we have. The more questions we have to answer, the longer it takes us and you have posted a large number of questions, some very long, in a very short space of time. Please be patient when waiting for answers to your questions - we answer when (and if) time allows, as an extra service which is not part of our primary role.

If you need quicker or fuller answers to your questions then I am afraid you will need to find (and pay for) a teacher; otherwise, I am afraid you will need to be patient.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Peter, I am really sorry. I am feeling embarrassed. I am a new user here. Now, I will keep in my mind what you have told me.

Wish you a very happy new year.

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