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  1. During the course of construction, temporary formwork erected by him collapsed.
  2. During course of construction, the temporary formwork...
  3. During the construction, the temporary formwork...

I have played with "the" for the same sentence. Has the meaning been changed? I believe some of them are actually wrong with "the", can you tell me why "the" shouldn't be used?

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  • Can't compare partial sentences since you can't tell the context. #1 does not make sense, did you mean "During the course of construction, temporary formwork erected by him collapsed."? In this case, it seems to refer to a specific framework (erected by him) so use "the". Unless it happened to more than one due to shoddy work, that is. – user3169 Jul 4 '15 at 1:32
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The first sentence might need another "the", before "formwork". It depends whether all the formwork he built collapsed (needs "the") or only some formwork he built collapsed (doesn't need "the".)

The second sentence leaves out a needed "the" before "course" (which is a countable noun, even though each construction has only one course). We are speaking of the course of this construction, not of any other.

The third sentence is acceptable grammatically, but is not idiomatic. We would say

  • "during the construction of [X],... (count noun; this construction, not some other instance)

but

  • "during construction,..." (non-count noun)

Lastly, we would not likely say "formwork erected by him". We would say "formwork [that] he [had] erected" or "formwork [that] he [had] built". But this is just a matter of style, not of grammar.

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