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# In many of the world’s regions, increasing pressure on water resources

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Re: In many of the worlds regions, increasing pressure on water resources [#permalink]
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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".
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Hi GMATNinja

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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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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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