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Television or The television #1 (permalink) Mon Jun 05, 2006 22:06 pm   Television or The television
 

Hello

Which sentence is correct?

1- I wonder how people spent their time before the
invention of television.

2-I wonder how people spent their time before the
invention of the television.

Thanks in advance

Tom
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Television or The television #2 (permalink) Mon Jun 05, 2006 23:34 pm   Television or The television
 

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Both are fine.
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Television or The television #3 (permalink) Tue Jun 06, 2006 6:18 am   Television or The television
 

Thank you, Mr.Micawber

But once Amy said that the given sentence would be incorrect without the .

1- Life would be quieter without the telephone.

I need some light shed on both of the sentences, please. Why is "the" mendatory in one and not in the other?

Thanks

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Television or The television #4 (permalink) Tue Jun 06, 2006 6:27 am   Television or The television
 

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Television is a medium; the telephone is not.
Television is uncountable, like telephony (which is also a medium); the telephone is not.
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Television or The television #5 (permalink) Tue Jun 06, 2006 6:31 am   Television or The television
 

Bags and bags of thanks Mr. Micawber.

Last question:

Are we traeting television as a medium in the first sentence and as an invention in the second????? See below, please.

1- I wonder how people spent their time before the
invention of television.

2-I wonder how people spent their time before the
invention of the television.

Ever yours

Tom
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Television or The television #6 (permalink) Tue Jun 06, 2006 6:48 am   Television or The television
 

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Sort of, Tom-- #1 is the process and #2 is the instrument.
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