when I post here in LEO, many times i will suggest an alternate word or word pair in parenthesis or follow. the alternative word with a "/" or to suggest / re-inforce the real meaning of my thought. Might be a bad writing style,
in my post, you could write "treasure is something of great value or worth" or "treasure is some object of great value or worth." So I tried to make it easier to understand by writing "treasure is something (some object) of great value or worth." The reader can choose what sounds best.
I saw you asked a similar question in this thread, so I tried to explain what I meant / wrote by encapsulating words in parenthesis ()..
Sometimes I try to re-inforce or clarify thoughts. For example, "I hear that...."
But here in LEO (and online news), everything is typed, so I might write "I heard / read (online in the Internet) that..."
This thread is really long, so hard to follow the updates and revision and suggest whether "the" treasure is best.
It can go either way, and it really matters if you are trying to say with certainty (the (some) treasure) exists or without certainty (a treasure) exists (on the map and in the castle).
Katja:Look at this!
Tim: It's an old treasure map leading / pointing (to the dungeon, tower, etc.).
Katja: Maybe we'll find the treasure there - (would definitely use the here)
OT: A child might find / consider boxes of candy a treasure, but an adult / grown-up might not think so. So somewhat depends on what one thinks a treasure (objects of value) might be.