Can I take out 'the' before either of these words in this sentence? It doesn't read well to me

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My first sentence: "The microcosm of the department affects the macrocosm of the organization".

GRAMMERLY SUGGESTED CORRECTION: "Microcosm of the department affects the macrocosm of the organization"

See example:

"The microcosm of the department affects the macrocosm of the organization"
asked Jun 16 '13 at 17:20 Cori Hamilton New member

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I agree - the noun microcosm needs to be preceded by an article, in this case "The".

 

By the way, it's Grammarly.

link comment answered Jun 16 '13 at 17:33 Michael Cranfield Expert
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This sounds like a motivational or promotional sentence - which sometimes allows us to throw the rules out the door. As such, I think it sounds just right - including all four instances of "the." My only correction is to move the last word inside the quote. Cori, your example is fine by me - and I think it's a good business quote – one to hang on the wall after a graphic artists spiffs-up the fonts and adds a border. (BTW, it's also true.)

link comment answered Jun 17 '13 at 03:02 Brother Dave Contributor

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