Is it common to use ' food here is good.'? I wonder whether it is right to use this description without an article'the'. I think this sentence is to emphasize that the food in this specific place is nice. So I am confused.

  • You're able to correctly write "I think this sentence is to emphasize that the food in this specific place is nice" using "the" so I don't think you should have any confusion.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Jun 17 at 19:22

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Food here is good is perfectly grammatical, but you're right that The food here is good is more idiomatic.

When we're making a comment about what is available or to be experienced in a place, we usually particularize it with "the".

  • Thanks ! Dear Colin, could you please tell me whether English native speaker use 'food here' more frequently in daily communication? Or we could use it in some casual talking? Does the emphasis change when we use 'food here is good' instead of ' the food here is good'?
    – kungno
    Commented Dec 13, 2022 at 10:28
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    No, I can't think of a context where we are likely to refer to "food here" without the article.
    – Colin Fine
    Commented Dec 13, 2022 at 12:01
  • Food here [in this country] is plentiful.
  • Great wealth brings great responsibility.
  • All is fair in love and war.
  • Money is a necessity of life.

mass nouns

Mass nouns in general statements don't require a determiner.

BUT: The food at this restaurant is very good.

That is specific food at a particular restaurant. The same goes for the mass nouns below.

  • The war in [some place] is so unfair to the people there.

  • The money you left on the table disappeared.

  • The wealth of that man is disgusting.

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