Learn English – Definite article, repetition in lists

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Which would be correct?

  • The fridge, the shelves, the walls, the floor, and John himself, were all covered in foam.
  • The fridge, shelves, walls, floor, and John himself, were all covered in foam.

The the can be applied to all the nouns, so is there a need to repeat it?

Best Answer

Using the definite article for each item in a list is redundant. "The fridge, shelves, walls, floor, and John himself, were all covered in foam," is the best phrasing.

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