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In the first example, Doctor is being used as the name of the person; the doctor is more of a descriptive phrase. It's short for Doctor <his name>. tend bar is a set phrase, it's a synonym for being a bartender. It's also similar to the way other people describe their work: a mailman could say I deliver mail, a programmer would say I write code, a ...


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The answer to your question is yes. These are wrong: In *United States, many railroads were constructed. In nineteenth-century *United States, many railroads were constructed. These are right: In America, many railroads were constructed. In nineteenth-century America, many railroads were constructed. In the United States, many railroads were ...


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Following usage manuals are gold standard, recognized and highly regarded and used in the USA. New Oxford Style Manual :NOSM Fowlers Modern English Usage (Burchfield Editor): FMEU.Bu. Merriam-Webster Dictionary of English Usage: M-W.DoEU Garners Modern American Usage: GMAU Published by Oxford by Brian Garner and NYT Manual of Style and Usage: NYT-SM, ...


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The word earth is commonly used to mean two things 1) soil, dirt, the substance that keep the trees upright and help you to grow beans and tomatoes, the material of the world; the ground, the world 2) the second meaning of earth is the planet Earth; a member of the Solar system of the planets; the third orb from the Sun. (that is called Astronomical sense) ...


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There is really no reason to use the here. I mean on the Earth is not correct since planets do not pair with definite articles, unless we say something like The red planet. I say just go with on Earth.


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You are confused, but that is not surprising: this is not an easy area. First of all "man" is a special case (I will come back to this). In normal speech, for general statements we normally use the plural without "the": Lions are carnivores. Computers need power. Icebergs float. There is a rather old-fashioned use of the singular with ...



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