Usage of "the"

Hi there, is it necessary to use the in the following sentences?

  • Yesteraday I ordered a refrigerator from a online shopping site. I took (the) delivery of the product today morning.
  • Leverage means (the) influence of one force over another.
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subhajit123 posted:

Hi there, is it necessary to use the in the following sentences?

  • Yesteraday I ordered a refrigerator from a online shopping site. I took (the) delivery of the product today morning.
  • Leverage means (the) influence of one force over another.

Hi, Subhajit,

In the first example, "yesterday" is misspelled and the use of "today morning" is incorrect. English speakers say "this morning," not "today morning." (But it is OK to say "tomorrow morning.") Since "take delivery of (something)" is a phrasal verb (a rather formal one), "the" should not be used.

In your second example, I would change "means" to "refers to" and use "the": "Leverage refers to the influence of one force over another."

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