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I read somewhere that we have to use article "the" for general type nouns in general concepts for example:

We don't know the effects of such chemicals on the body.

here body is a general type.

which one of these sentences are correct and why?

  • Computers play a very important role in education nowadays.
  • Computers play a very important role in the education nowadays.
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    If the noun can be non-count ("education") then we don't use the definite article to refer to it in general terms. "A quiet place is good for meditation". In contrast, "After medical school, his specialty was the heart". – Tᴚoɯɐuo May 25 '17 at 12:56
  • This might be a duplicate of “the” before general concepts – ColleenV parted ways May 25 '17 at 18:32
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In the cases of your usage

Computers play a very important role in education nowadays.

is correct, education is a general noun, however

Computers play a very important role in the education nowadays.

is more specific and would need to be qualified

Computers play a very important role in the education of children nowadays.

also acceptable might be

Computers play a very important role in education of children nowadays.

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  • Yeh, it's basically the same as "education" in general or some specific education. This works with any non-count noun. – SovereignSun Nov 14 '17 at 6:43

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