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Hi, I want to write a note to a gift for parents of my wife (and grandparents of our daughter). As it is a special occasion, I want it to be correct, but I am confused how to use "the".

The note says:

"For (THE) parents and grandparents of (THE) wonderful girls".

Should it be with "the" or without it?

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Hello, Lukas, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange.

@Lukas posted:

The note says:

"For (THE) parents and grandparents of (THE) wonderful girls".

Should it be with "the" or without it?

Both ways are defensible. I think it is better not to use "the." The phrase can be read as implying that the gift is for them—(who are) parents and grandparents of specific wonderful girls—rather than as implying that the gift is for all parents and all grandparents of all wonderful girls in the world.

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