I came across this sentence the other day and I would appreciate a clarification:

Prepared specially for the students of university of Kerala, this book will also be invaluable to students and teachers of English grammar across the country.

In the first part of the sentence the usage of the is understandable (which according to me the word students is specified by of the university of Kerala), but in the second part of the sentence, even though students and teachers is made specific by of English grammar across the country, the article the is not used.

  • The only explanation is that 'students of English grammar' is not specific enough to require the definite article. Commented Oct 4, 2020 at 7:55
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    I would say further that the article is correct, but not required, in both phrases. Just in case you're interested, I've noticed that many people from India use the word 'doubt' to mean 'question'. One gets used to it after dealing with enough people from the country, but it can be slightly confusing otherwise. It would be more natural to say "A question regarding...".
    – rcook
    Commented Oct 4, 2020 at 14:08
  • thank you @rcook
    – vijay b
    Commented Oct 5, 2020 at 3:15
  • I would add that at least in US English it should be "the University of Kerala". I am not sure about the usage in Indian English. Commented Nov 4, 2021 at 2:25

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I'd say "university of Kerala" is a rather confined concept, whereas "English grammar across the country." is much broader.

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