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You ignored the usually's etc in the original post. In terms of "the doctor" and "the speeches", the definite article "the" doesn't indicate that those people/things were talked about before. It just means that people already know that they exist. After squirrels and balloons, I feel the key word that you missed is the "usually". There other reasons for ...


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With this exact wording, no. It would be ungrammatical. "I have spent..." is a relative clause to "Many's the hour," which is interestingly already inverted itself: Many is the hour is like saying Fair is my beloved! And the relative clause should follow as: Many is the hour (that) I've spent listening to his fatuous ideas. With its adverbial synonym "...


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