According to some recent research, the definite article is in radical decline.
On the other hand, let’s look at why this sentence from George Washington in 1790 sounds so old fashioned:
I embrace with great satisfaction the opportunity which now presents itself of congratulating you on the present favourable prospects of our public affairs.
The main factors are:
- It is long.
- It is passive.
- Look at how he uses “the”.
And the list goes on. For example, we don’t often talk about prospects these days.
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