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"For the full context, see this."

vs.

For the complete context, see this."

Are both identical in meaning?

Do I need the article "the"?

Please explain.

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Isn't the context always full or complete? Why would not use "for context, see this"? –  user10461 Jun 30 '11 at 3:22
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Though they are nearly identical in meaning, this NGram shows that "full context" is overwhelmingly preferred. And yes, you do need the article "the" if you don't want to sound clipped.

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I prefer them with "the", but they seem OK without. –  GEdgar Jun 29 '11 at 15:49
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Both are absolutely correct. I prefer the second one, but I'm not sure why. Both sentences sound wrong without the. Sometimes we do use the noun context without the definite article, but since here it refers to a specific thing, namely the thing which the word this points to, it's appropriate.

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