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In the following two (similar) sentences the definite article is used in one, but not the other.

1 Capital letters are used for the names of people,places and languages.

2.Capital letters are used for names of people,places and languages.

Both sound natural to me. I would be grateful if someone could tell me if one is more technically correct than the other and if so, why? i.e would you use the for a specific meaning Vs no article.

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Simplify the sentence makes it easier to determine it is a definite or zero article

Capital letters are used for the names (X) - any name, not specific names that are known or previously mentioned

Capital letters are used for names (O) - any letter for any name

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