In this sentence,

"This site made organizing and viewing "the" photos in groups a snap."

is the use of "the" correct? (assuming that there are no specifically mentioned photos in the context) Or should it just be "photos"?

I think the "the" can be used to represent photos in general, but was not so sure.

I would greatly appreciate any thoughts!

  • 2
    No - if the context doesn't clearly identify some specific photos to be referenced by the, you shouldn't include the article. Jul 5 at 11:31
  • 'This site' would not really be warranted unless you'd already discussed in general what you were doing / intending. If you've already communicated that you're dealing with image processors and/or managers, the definite article is licensed. Jul 5 at 13:07
  • If "Groups" is an app, then "the photos in Groups" is the specified photos, and "Groups" needs a capital "G". Otherwise, it's a mistake
    – gotube
    Jul 6 at 1:50

"the" in this case would refer back to a set of photos that were already specified. E.g.

  • "Once I uploaded all my vacation videos and photos, the site made organizing and viewing the photos in groups a snap."

If referring to photos in general, do not use "the":

  • "The site made organizing and viewing photos in groups a snap."

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