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I'm not sure when I can omit preposition such as 'a', 'an', 'the', so I just add these preposition whenever I use nouns.

  • I didn't add 'the' in front of 'nouns' in the sentence above just because I feel it sounds right to me...

Added, from OP's comment: The reason why I chose to use the zero article before "nouns" in my sentence is because I know I can omit 'the' when I'm not talking about a specific thing. For example, we can say like 'Dogs are cute' when we talk about something in general. So, I didn't use 'the' before nouns in my sentence. But... now I'm not sure. Would it be wrong if I had used 'the' in front of 'nouns' in my sentence? In that sentence in my question, I was talking about the five 'nouns' in my sentence which I didn't add 'the' in front of them. So, I feel like I should've used 'the' in front of them.

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  • All your instances of the there are perfectly fine, and indeed mandatory. I'm going to send your question over to our sister-site for English Language Learners where you may get answers better suited to your needs. – tchrist Jul 15 '17 at 4:25
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    Fortunately, your feeling is reliable here. Can you tell us why you chose to use the zero article before nouns, or was the decision based only upon your feeling? Unfortunately, your feelings about prepositions are not reliable.. "A, an" and "the" are not prepositions. Do you know what an article is in English? – P. E. Dant Jul 15 '17 at 5:33
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    @tchrist Thank you for leading me to ell.stackexchange.com. – user59365 Jul 16 '17 at 2:02
  • @P.E.Dant The reason why I chose to use the zero article before "nouns" in my sentence is because I know I can omit 'the' when I'm not talking about a specific thing. For example, we can say like 'Dogs are cute' when we talk about something in general. So, I didn't use 'the' before nouns in my sentence. But... now I'm not sure. Would it be wrong if I had used 'the' in front of 'nouns' in my sentence? In that sentence in my question, I was talking about the five 'nouns' in my sentence which I didn't add 'the' in front of them. So, I feel like I should've used 'the' in front of them. – user59365 Jul 16 '17 at 2:11
  • Your reasoning is good. It would not be good English to use the before nouns in your sentence. However, it would also be good English to say "..whenever I use a noun." Can you see why that is so? (It is important for you to understand that a, an, and the are not prepositions, too.) – P. E. Dant Jul 16 '17 at 3:48
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I would change nothing. As a native English speaker, I will tell you that there is no sense of overuse of the word the in your example sentence.

The word the (also a, an) is actually considered an article and not a preposition. It is quite essential to precede many nouns with such an article as you have done.

  • Thank you for your answer! Oh yes, it meant an article not a preposition ;) I made a mistake! – user59365 Jul 16 '17 at 2:13

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