(the) symbols of peace

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Senior Member
Chinese - China
Since then, people have always taken the dove and the olive branche as symbols of peace.

(from an English textbook for junior high school students in China, co-published by DC Canada Education Publishing and Hebei Education Press)

I wonder if a ‘the’ could be put before ‘symbols of peace’.

Many thanks in advance.
  • heypresto

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Not really. There may be other symbols of peace besides the dove and the olive branch. To say 'the symbols of peace' would mean that they are the only such symbols.
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