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magic dragon feeders

Senior Member
Japanese
I'd appreciate it if someone would answer my question about the following sentences. Thank you in advance.

A: Teachers and students work together as equal partners in pursuit of the common goal of discovering new knowledge.

B: Teachers and students work together as equal partners in the pursuit of the common goal of discovering new knowledge.

What's the difference between "in pursuit of" in A and "in the pursuit of" B?
 
  • lingobingo

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    English - England
    To be “in pursuit” of something is a common collocation (also, when meant literally, “in hot pursuit”). So in your context the definite article is not appropriate. A is the correct version.
     
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