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I am developing a user interface with a search field and unfortunately I am not a native English speaker.

This is the placeholder / help text for that field:

Search restaurant to read the menu

The problem is that the sentence is a little bit long for the input field and it would be useful to omit the word "the".

Is the following sentence correct? Does it sound good? Or the word "the" is required?

Search restaurant to read menu

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    well, you omitted an article before restaurant, so why not before menu also? anyway, the omission of small words such as articles and the be verb are often done in telegraphic language or telegraphic speech. for more information, please search this site for those terms. whether it's an acceptable language form for your needs is beyond me, but I think requests for computer notation is off-topic on this site – Arm the good guys in America Nov 17 '19 at 0:49
  • Just label it “menu search” and have “restaurant name” as prompt in the search field. – Jim Nov 17 '19 at 2:15

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