## Can I omit "the" in this sentence?

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Dan has already given you a sense of the dramatic change that occurred between the '20s and the '30s.

Can I omit the second highlighted the in this sentence? I know there is a thing called ellipsis, that allows you instead of writing the A and the B just write the A and B.

3Yes, you may. To be persnickety, however, nothing occurred between the 20s and the 30s: there was no time between them, the transition was instantaneous. What you probably mean is either the dramatic change that occurred during the 20s or the dramatic difference between the 20s and 30s. – StoneyB on hiatus – 2013-11-17T22:58:47.337

3It's the [A and B] or [the A] and [the B]. Either way is fine. – snailplane – 2013-11-18T04:12:20.410

3Also, that "distributive property" works with the indefinite article as well, and different conjunctions, too: an [A or B] can be also be expressed as [an A] or [a B]. – J.R. – 2013-11-18T09:44:05.567

There are 18 years between the 20's and the 30's from 1922 to 1938. – user2617804 – 2017-04-18T10:37:18.630