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1)Study of the methods evaluating evacuation time of passengers from a burning bus

2)Study of the methods evaluating evacuation time of the passengers from a burning bus

I'd like to imply that the passengers are from the burning bus, which was mentioned as "a burning bus"

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    I don't think it makes any difference. No-one would understand the sentence in any other way. Apr 6, 2020 at 8:27
  • That's true, but I'd like to get to the bottom of this, so that I can amp up my understanding of the definite article. Being a non-native speaker, these articles are driving me crazy.
    – Paul J.
    Apr 6, 2020 at 8:48
  • In this case there are no 'different meanings'. It would also be possible to put another the before evacuation time, but that wouldn't change the meaning either. It looks like the title of a research article, so the more concise the better. Apr 6, 2020 at 9:34
  • Thank you for clarifying this matter. But I can't rate your answer, because it is in the comment section.
    – Paul J.
    Apr 6, 2020 at 10:01

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The presence or absence of the before passengers (or before evacuation time, for that matter) makes no difference to the meaning. The phrase looks like the title of a research article, so the more concisely it's written, the better.

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  • //Study of methods evaluating evacuation time of passengers from a burning bus// While I agree with you, doesn't it also make sense with no 'the' in it?
    – Ram Pillai
    Apr 7, 2020 at 0:58
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    @RamPillai That is what I said - the presence or absence of the makes no difference. Apr 7, 2020 at 7:17

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