I have a friend in Japan who sometimes translates scholarly papers from Japanese to English and back again as part of her job. Her spoken English is pretty good, but when it comes to written English she has alot of questions regarding grammar.
One of the more difficult things for her is deciding when to use the word "the".
For example, "The parliament in London could be a role model for democracy in Myanmar."
She is asking me why can't she say,
"The parliament in London could be a role model for *the* democracy in Myanmar."
I unofficially think the latter just doesn't sound right. What is the grammatical rule regarding the use of the word *the* before nouns,etc. I used to know this but it's been way too many years.
OTOH she speaks two other languages besides Japanese and English. That is way more than I can do!