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'The' is usually used before a noun. But in sentences that refer to specific action, is 'the' necessary?

Example:

The release of the bending moment results in opening and closing of the pipe.

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In that sentence, bending is an adjective, modifying the noun moment, and the entire phrase begins with the, because it’s definite. (I can’t envisage a moment being released, but perhaps it makes sense in the context.)

  • Moment as in distance x force. Though 'release of' same still sounds peculiar. Release of pressure? Apparently, closing bending moments and opening bending moments merit their own initialisms. – Edwin Ashworth Oct 21 '13 at 9:00
  • Shows once again how important context is. – Barrie England Oct 21 '13 at 9:30

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