"And you can see hints of fall with the golden yellow leaves on the tree tops" Do I need article "the" in front of the word hints, and if I don't why not? :)

Also, in the sentence : I should visit places with the most beautiful views. Does article go in front of the word places or not?

Thanks in advance!

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    Both your sentences are correct as they stand, and would be awkward if you added an article. – Dan Bron Sep 22 '15 at 16:38
  • @DanBron I see nothing 'awkward' about them at all. I see hints of autumn... versus I see the hints of autumn, are are clearly different in meaning but so are persons were seen entering the building versus the persons were seen entering the building. – WS2 Sep 22 '15 at 21:55

No, you don't want an article there. "Hints of fall" conforms to a poetic formula, like "memories of Spring", "legends of the fall", "premonitions of mortality".


Both of your sentences are grammatically correct without the, and would be equally correct with the.

If you had to come up with a rule regarding article use, it would be that the is used when referring to a specific thing or group of things, and not used when the thing is more general. The refers to "this particular group of hints" or "this particular group of places".

(Due to that, I think the second sentence should have a the, or at least would sound better with, because it's specific places with a specific characteristic.)

But, practically speaking, it's a small difference. The rule isn't a hard and fast one in regular English, and I don't think using one or the other (in your case) will make things particularly awkward.

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