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Dear Friends,

We don't use definite article "the" before the name of any language.
He speaks fluent english.

But when say English Language, we use "the".
A Comprehensive grammar of the English language.

I would like know why do we need to add "the" in second case.

Take another case.

The Labour party or The Conservative Party. Why do we add the before a political party? Is it a rule or is there any formula which dictates the use of "the" before proper + common nouns.

Another example:
The Iraq War.
The American civil war.

In these cases, why do we need to add "the"? Is it because "Iraq War" is a definite phrase (Everyone would know about it) and so is the American civil war?
Is there any rule that if a proper noun pre modifies a common noun we need to have "the" before it?

Please help me.

Regards,
Sabya
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Have a look at this site and see if it helps: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/esl/eslart.html
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Thanks for the reply Feebs11, I have gone through the document, But I would like to know should a noun be preceeded by the definite aritcle If a noun is premodified.

For example:

The General Electric Company
But Not: The Microsoft Corporation

There are many such examples where the noun phrase is preceeded by "the". Is there ay rule behind doing that.

Can anyone please help me in this regard.

Regards,
Sabya
Sabyakgp Thanks for the reply Feebs11, I have gone through the document, But I would like to know should a noun be preceeded by the definite aritcle If a noun is premodified.

For example:

The General Electric Company
But Not: The Microsoft Corporation

There are many such examples where the noun phrase is preceeded by "the". Is there ay rule behind doing that.

Can anyone please help me in this regard.

Regards,
Sabya
You would use "the" in front of General Electric Company or Microsoft Corporation when referring to them as a company:

I work for General Electric.
He works for the General Electric Company

Microsoft has a massive new promotion going on.
The Microsoft Corporation has again dropped market share.

Going back to your first post, the Labour/Conservative Party are being discussed as specific organizations; the English language is a specific language, just as the French language and the German language are specific.

You will not need "the" if [for instance] you were to say Labour Party members or English language grammar rules, where the phrases are being used adjectively.
Hi,

I hope this helps.

We can use 'the' before 'English' is it's modifying a common noun like 'language'.

For example,

"The English language is very difficult".

In this case, 'English' is used as a modifier for the common noun 'language'.

Conversely, we would never say,

"I study the English".

In this case, 'English' is a proper noun referring to a language.

Good Luck.

Liam
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