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Why do we say the first example with (ال)and the second without (ال)?

1-هي تتسوق لشراء المجوهرات
2-هي تتسوق لشراء قميص(why not القميص)?

For learning: Arabic
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    You can use ال in both sentences, and you can omit ال in both sentences too. They'll be correct. If it's a specific thing, you should use ال, if it's not, don't use ال.

    ال = The
    if this thing is known
    هي تتسوق لشراء المجوهرات/القميص
    if this thing is unknown
    هي تتسوق لشراء قميص/مجوهرات

    هي تتسوق لشراء المجوهرات
    i know which jewelry she will buy
    هي تتسوق لشراء مجوهرات
    i don't know which jewelry she will buy

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