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I was watching an interview with Zachary Quinto (the actor who plays SPock in the new Star Trek movie Star Trek: Into Darknaess) on Jonathan Ross and Jonathan introduced them in the first minute and he says:

"Into the darkness"

And Zachary correct him and say "Into Darkness"

You can watch and hear it here (around 0:45 - 0:55): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfKswyqcwR8

I have made the same mistake when I was searching this movie on piratebay :) and "Into the darkness" gives me just "Elvis Presley - Blazing Into The Darkness" and not the new star trek movie, but then I remove "the" and the results appears ;)

So, my question is why Elvis Presley used "the and they don't and which one is correct one?

I assume that "Into the darkness" is gramatically correct and "Into darkness" is wrong.

Or am I wrong?

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It has nothing to do with darkness and everything to do with the definite article. Brush up on the definite article or follow ell.stackexchange.com –  Kris Jun 10 '13 at 6:09
How can I "brush up", if both possibilities are possible? –  Derfder Jun 10 '13 at 6:33
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'into the darkness' seems to imply that there is some specific darkness that is being entered - 'the darkness of the night', 'the all-consuming darkness of a black hole', 'the darkness of the soul', etc. When the definite article is removed, that phrase has a much less specific meaning; darkness here seems like it conotes the more general things we think of when we say darkness - the darker human emotions, evil, etc. Grammatically, they both work, but I would only use 'into the darkness' if there is a clear indication of what darkness I'm referring to.

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Why the author chose "Into darkness"? Is it more common in the US? Because the show host Jonathan Ross sid it as: "Into the darkness" and the actor corrected him after that to : "Into darkness". –  Derfder Jun 9 '13 at 14:58
Perhaps because Star Trek is two words, so there's better rhythm to the full title. –  Nick T Jun 9 '13 at 16:59
@Derfder Likely because the darkness that is being described in the title isn't really a specific darkness... I'd read it as more of the description of Khan's character as pseudo-evil. –  Daniel Jun 11 '13 at 5:01
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