- I have redefined the size and location of the windows to be opened.
- I have redefined the size and location of windows to be opened.
Which one is correct?
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Sentence 1 implies, or even emphasises, that as well as the windows that are to be opened, thare are some other windows (not to be opened). If that is indeed the case, this form would be preferable.
Sentence 2 carries no such implication, so if there are also some windows without redefined sizes and locations, the reader may at first glance wonder why that is so.
Neither is more correct, nor more proper. In both cases, there are windows – some of which need to be opened – and both the size and location of those windows have been redefined. In that context, the article the doesn't alter the meaning of the sentence. But that wouldn't necessarily always hold true. Consider:
In this case, "the runners" seems more restrictive than "runners." So, Sentence 2 might be used to talk about the runners of a particular race on a hot day (essentially saying, "The runners in this race are having problems with today's hot weather"), whereas Sentence 1 might be used to talk about runners in general (such as in this context: "Now that summer is here, the hot weather will make it harder for runners to train").
In your example, though, the domain is very limited (windows on a computer screen), so the insertion or omission of the word the doesn't seem to alter the meaning in any significant way.
Yes, "I have redefined size and location of windows of the program to be executed" is perfectly alright. You are talking of a particular program's windows here, I guess that's what u wanted. Each "the" changes the meaning of the sentence, no grammar issues though.
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