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Is it okay if there is no "the" in front of "Latest"?

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Rebecca

Yes, it is okay to drop the definite article "the" in front of "latest" here. Although the noun "latest figures" is specific, it doesn't need an article in front of it because it is the subject of the sentence and it is plural. Ex: Dogs are usually bigger than cats. Ex: Doctors have never seen anything like this disease before.

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