I have seen the statements such as the following one in some literature:
"In the book 'XYZ' the word 'House' is never used in the plural."
To me the word 'THE' right before plural seems very wierd.
Would it be incorrect to write it like this?
"In the book 'XYZ' the word 'House' is never used in plural."
Why would the first one be better or correct?