why do we use "the" in one of this sentence but not the other?

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why do we use "the" in one of this sentence but not the other?

Post by Ketap » Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:03 am

hi..i am new here..and i am glad to see this forum..btw, i want to ask..

why do we use "the" before this sentence : exercise is good for the body
i read once a book which said that the reason is because it is placed before a noun which describe a general type of thing..

but on the other hand...we also have a rule for not using "the" if we are talking general things,such as "dogs hate cats",etc..

i have never been able to differentiate between those two..i guess i am confused...please help.thx
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Re: why do we use "the" in one of this sentence but not the other?

Post by Alan » Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:34 am

You could regard 'the body' here as a kind of fixed expression (more natural than 'bodies').

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