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ENG-articles - Proper nouns: We use the definite article...

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Proper nouns: We use the definite article with certain kinds of proper nouns: Geographical places: the Sound, the Sea of Japan, the Mississippi, the West, the Smokies, the Sahara (but often not when the main part of the proper noun seems to be modified by an earlier attributive noun or adjective: We went swimming at the Ocean Park) Pluralized names (geographic, family, teams): the Netherlands, the Bahamas, the Hamptons, the Johnsons, the New England Patriots Public institutions/facilities/groups: the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Sheraton, the House, the Presbyterian Church Newspapers: the Hartford Courant , the Times Nouns followed by a prepositional phrase beginning with "of": the leader of the gang, the president of our club Abstract nouns: Abstract nouns—the names of things that are not tangible—are sometimes used with articles, sometimes not: The storm upset my peace of mind. He was missing just one thing: peace of mind. Injustice was widespread within the judicial system itself. He implored the judge to correct the injustice. Her body was racked with grief. It was a grief he had never felt before. Zero articles: Several kinds of nouns never use articles. We do not use articles with the names of languages ("He was learning Chinese." [But when the word Chinese refers to the people, the definite article might come into play: "The Chinese are hoping to get the next Olympics."]), the names of sports ("She plays badminton and basketball."), and academic subjects ("She's taking economics and math. Her
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2011 for the course BA 2002 taught by Professor Chan during the Spring '09 term at HKU.

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ENG-articles - Proper nouns: We use the definite article...

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