determine <the> mindset and <> formation of character


Senior Member
There is a sentence:
Whether it is genes that determine the mindset and formation of character
is a question that causes wide controversy.
My question is, why there is a "the" before "mindset" while there isn't any article before "formation of character"?

  • boozer

    Senior Member
    The definite article is possibly there because the mindset has already been defined or we are supposed to know what mindset the author is talking about. The definite article is quite capable of defining the two nouns that follow it so a second one is not required.
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