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Tell me please which sentence is correct.

1) I will vote for those with the characteristics that I like.
2) I will vote for those with characteristics that I like.

I am confused whether I need to use "the" or not. However, I favour the first one.

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    I can see why you're confused; it doesn't really matter. This is one of those cases where the article is purely optional. They both read fine to my native ear, with virtually no difference in meaning. – J.R. Dec 27 '17 at 21:32
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Both are correct with a very slight difference in meaning.

"The characteristics that I like" implies all of the characteristics that I like.

"Characteristics that I like" implies some of the characteristics that I like.

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