I am having difficulty deciding whether the definite article is required in the following sentence.
An indicator of a strong character is (the) person’s ability to compliment the achievements of others.
I think either a or the is required in the context. If you do not use an article , the sentence becomes ungrammatical
An Indicator of a strong character is a / the person' s ability to compliment the achievements of others.
I thiink it can be simplified as:
An indicator of a strong character is a/ the person's ability to compliment others' achievements.
If you want to talk about persons in general you have to use the article ** a**. or if you want to talk about a particular person you have to use the article ** the**
I think the use of definite article restricts the general sense.and I tend to use a in the sentence
It is required.
In normal writing, nouns nearly always feature in noun phrases. It is rare to find a noun functioning by itself (i.e., without any modifiers) in a sentence.
Nouns are rarely used by themselves in noun phrases, a notable exception being when we use them as subjects when talking about the attributes of categories:
Boys are great!
Life is tough.
Drugs are a problem.