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In the second clause of the following sentence, would it be necessary to put 'the' before 'vegetables'?

In the store, he bought fruits and cookies but not vegetables, because his kids don't like vegetables.

Although 'vegetables' is used once in the first clause, it does not specify any objects. Then, I wonder if 'the' is needed in the following clause.

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It isn't needed. It would still make sense with 'the' but it doesn't sound so natural.

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It would be wrong to use a definite article in the second clause. The first one mentioned an absence of vegetables, not any particular ones.

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