....depending on the standard of <the> accommodation you choose.

captainx

Member
cantonese, Hong Kong
I have read the following sentence from an official IELTS guidebook.
" The rates may vary depending on the standard of accommodation you choose."

I just feel confused about why "the" is not placed in front of "accommodation".

The adjective clause,"which you choose", following "accommodation" has clearly specified which accommodation we are referring to. As we only choose one accommodation each time, this accommodation are a very unique entity and therefore, shouldn't it be "qualified" to own a "the" (just like "the sun", "the moon" or "the father of [a person name]")?

Thank you.
 
  • The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    In "the standard of accommodation you choose" what's being chosen is a standard; in "the standard of the accommodation you choose" what's being chosen is an accommodation.
     
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