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Is the first option correct, please?

The components A, B, C will be denoted by indices 1, 2, and 3, respectively.

The components A, B, C will be denoted by the indices 1, 2, and 3, respectively.

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    The sentence will be meaningful only if you have previously indicated in the correct order what 1,2 and 3 refer to. Oct 22, 2022 at 14:14
  • The article is optional in your cited context (but it wouldn't normally be included). Note that in superficially very similar contexts, such as Pictures A, B, and C can be described by the words "happy", "sad", and "horrific" it's not idiomatic to discard the article. So I'm not sure whether it's possible to define even a "general principle" here - there's certainly no "fixed rule" to tell you whether you do or don't "need" an article. Oct 22, 2022 at 16:15

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The first option sounds good to me.

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    You really should explain why that is. :)
    – Lambie
    Oct 22, 2022 at 14:03
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    The definite article could be used if for example it was previously mentioned that the 1, 2, and 3 indices have some sort of special meaning. Actually the article is not necessary for a plural noun. I assume the question concerns programming. lst = ["a", "b", "c", "d"], "b", "c", "d" - they will be denoted by indices 1, 2, and 3, respectively. Oct 22, 2022 at 14:54
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    You need to delete that paragraph and use the edit button to revise your answer. :)
    – Lambie
    Oct 22, 2022 at 14:55
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    Yes, it has no special meaning, thanks a lot.
    – Anna-Kat
    Oct 22, 2022 at 15:09

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