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I've got these two examples:

However, use of these drugs is discouraged by pregnant women or women trying to conceive and should be thoroughly discussed with your health care provider and dermatologist.

https://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/acne-during-pregnancy/

The use of safety belts is mandatory.

https://english.stackexchange.com/a/34714/43581

Are both correct? Is there a reason why the definite article is used or not in these cases?

  • Both are normal usage. Why do you think they aren't? – Mike Brockington Jul 25 at 10:34
  • @MikeBrockington I don't think. I'm just trying to understand when to use the definite article :) Is there any difference that using or not using it here makes? – x-yuri Jul 25 at 10:46
  • The definite article is optional in both examples; different settings may prefer one or the other. – Davo Aug 18 at 16:07

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