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Post time 2006-5-6 14:46:57 |Display all floors
A recent report predicted that all ____ sea water will be polluted by 2040.
The answer is "no article" not "the".
Why?
Thank you for your help.
I am a beginner in learning English.

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Post time 2006-5-9 17:26:33 |Display all floors
There are lots of examples where there is no "the". This occurs when you are talking about the general case.

Examples:

Owners must keep pets under control.
**NOT** "the pets" -- but "their pets" is ok.

Polluted air is a danger to health.
**NOT** "the polluted air" -- unless you mean a specific location, like "The polluted air of Beijing..."

So in your example -- the article is talking about sea water in general. So no "the" is required.

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Post time 2006-5-14 09:03:10 |Display all floors
Thank you for your help.
Thank you!
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