I have problem in recognizing when to use "the" before a noun. In this sentence:

Another problem is the delay between devices.

Should I use the before delay or not?

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Yes, because you are talking about one particular delay, and you are telling me which particular delay you are talking about - the one 'between devices'.

  • I don't think this is necessarily correct. If I had a complicated network of many devices with many different connections between them, all with different-sized delays, I could easily imagine saying, "Another problem is delay between devices," because I'm talking about the general problem of inter-device delay across the entire system, not any particular single delay between two particular devices. Commented Mar 15, 2019 at 21:28

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