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The original sentence:

With mother earning and his older children drawing substantial wages father is seldom the dominant figure that he still was at the beginning of the century.

Is it also fine to say:

With the mother earning and his older children drawing substantial wages the father is seldom the dominant figure that he still was at the beginning of the century.

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Are "father" and "mother" used as uncountable nouns?

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    "father" and "mother" in the first sentence are used as proper nouns, not uncountable nouns. And they should be stated with a capital first letter (i.e, Father / Mother). This Dictionary addresses this issue. – Tasneem ZH May 23 '19 at 11:14
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Yes. Using the article the in this sentence definitely makes it grammatically better than the original.

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  • It's a bit late, but for anyone coming across this answer (since it is marked as the accepted one), this is actually not correct. "Father"/"Mother" do not have the same meaning as "the father"/"the mother". The comment above by @TasneemZH actually has the correct answer. – Foogod Mar 31 at 16:15

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