Couuld you tell me if it is necessary to use the definite article before the adjective proper and a nount? For example:
There are really good Englih dictionaries, but they sometime fail to give (the) proper explanation of when to use one word and not the other.
You had better put on (the) proper clothes for the occasion.
In these two examples I am not talking about some specific explanations or clothes. In my experience, it seems, I've always seen the used with proper, so I wonder if it's correct and natural to omit it in my examples.