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One of the most difficult things for non native speakers are the definite / indefinite articles. I have doubts how to use the definite article when listing few things. The particular sentence is:

In particular, I investigated the temperature of black holes and thermal emission, gravitational lensing, gravitational red-shift and gravitational waves.

The first occurrence of the definite article seems intuitively correct to me i.e. I investigated the temperature, but shouldn't I use the definite article with the other nouns from the listing?

In particular, I investigated the temperature of black holes and thermal emission, the gravitational lensing, the gravitational red-shift and the gravitational waves.

The latter case seems to be wrong, but since I would like to include it in my motivation letter, I would like to have a second opinion. For instance, if I had something like the gravitational lensing from black holes, the definite article would be fine.

Thank you for your help.

  • I consider both to be correct - it's just what sounds best to you. – Dog Lover Nov 12 '15 at 21:13
  • I am leaning towards the first one. – Dog Lover Nov 12 '15 at 21:44
  • Thanks, I will use the first version. I hope that this will make my job application more attractive. – Alexander Cska Nov 17 '15 at 17:43

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