When should one put a definite article before the word "fullness"?

UPD: To be precise, I have the following sentence.

The first condition is just (the ?) fullness of A.

Here fullness is some kind of property. What I also know is that I'd say:

Here we prove fullness of A.

Please, correct me if I'm wrong.

P.S. I'm also looking for a good consistent English grammar and punctuation book. Would be very grateful for any references.

  • Hello Anton. The second question is not really On Topic here. About the first one, can you be more specific and also provide more context? Is there a particular reason why you're asking about the word "fullness"? Where would you need to use it? Edit this info inside your question. :) Thanks in advance.
    – Alenanno
    Aug 9, 2011 at 14:39

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Use fullness without the article to refer to the general concept of fullness:

A pleasant feeling of fullness usually comes after a hearty meal.

Use the definite article to refer to a specific instance of fullness:

The fullness I felt after the meal was most welcome, as I hadn't eaten for three days.

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