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


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


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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