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Do I have to use the before first year? In the 14th episode of the 9th season of the Walking Dead it was dropped. Here is the context:

Judith: But she was a bad person.

They all were.

It's why you did what you did.

Michonne: All this time, I thought you didn't remember.

I hoped you didn't. And you... You never said anything

after that first year.

I don't understand why the was omitted there.

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Because you have "that" acting as a determiner, you don't need an article as well.

after that first year.

Consider as an example:

  • Look at the car.
  • Look at that car.

Both "the" and "that" in these two examples serve to highlight which particular car you mean.

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