When do we use "a" or "the" before "major part of" or just "part of"?

as in the examples of: "I use the major part of my energy on studies" "I use a major part of my energy on studies"

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    'The major part of' means 'most of'. 'A major part of' means 'a very significant part of'. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 17 at 21:16
  • Thank you. What's the difference between "most of" and "a very significant part of"? By the way how the function differs between using the equation mark of " and ' ? – Ceyhun Özsoylu Apr 18 at 1:14
  • I would consider 40% of a billion pounds a very significant part of the whole. // I usually use single quotes other than for actual direct speech. There are other conventions, and even people saying 'this is the way it's done in the UK' (here I'm giving a paraphrase rather than an actual quote I've seen) etc. They often mean 'should be done'. But conventions are not binding, especially when different ones exist. // It does get difficult in threads where different conventions are in use. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 18 at 16:49

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