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The word "the" seems to be missing in the correct option D. Can you please help explain why this is not an issue? I have come across questions where an option was incorrect due to the absence of the word "the".

The absence or presence of an article (such as "the") will create only a very very subtle meaning difference, so it's usually not a major decision point in GMAT questions. Generally speaking, you’re better off focusing on more concrete issues instead.

But can you be more specific here? Where do you think the word "the" should be, and why?
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Hi GMATNinja

Thank you for your reply!

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But can you be more specific here? Where do you think the word "the" should be, and why?


I have a question in my error log which I had got wrong, and the reason was pretty much due to failing to notice the absence of "the" in the wrong options. So I thought "the" would be important in this case too. The future supply sounds more emphasized than future supplies.

*sorry couldn't be more specific than this.
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Hi [url=https://gmatclub.com:443/forum/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&un=GMATNinja%5D%5Bb%5DGMATNinja%5B/b%5D%5B/url%5D

Thank you for your reply!

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But can you be more specific here? Where do you think the word "the" should be, and why?


I have a question in my error log which I had got wrong, and the reason was pretty much due to failing to notice the absence of "the" in the wrong options. So I thought "the" would be important in this case too. The future supply sounds more emphasized than future supplies.

*sorry couldn't be more specific than this.

The difference in meaning between a sentence such as "future supplies will be limited," and "the future supply will be limited," is so subtle that it's hard to come up with a scenario where the difference is all that meaningful.

I guess you could argue that "future supplies" is a more general statement, maybe covering multiple time periods, and "the future supply" is about a specific supply and time period. But there's no way I'd be comfortable using that as a decision point on an actual GMAT question. Both seem logical enough to me.

Here's a better takeaway than trying to remember when you'd use "the" and when you wouldn't: in the rare case that the word "the" does matter, it won't be because of grammar -- it'll be because of meaning.

So ask yourself, "Is one version more logical than the other? If the presence or absence of a "the" creates an incoherent meaning, okay, great, use it! But if it doesn't, or if you're not sure? Use anything else.

I hope that clears things up a bit!
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