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You can already see it when you look on your question. You say "The Thames" but complete you mean "The 'River' Thames". So the article replaces the noun. "The" usage duplicate
I believe The Ukraine is slightly demeaning. oo krai in russian means on the edge. Many people say na oo krai to say on the edge. this is a reference to the fact Ukraine used to be on the edge of the USSR. Now that it's its own nation, Ukraine without 'the' is more appropriate.
I don't believe that this is a purely English-language distinction, as there is a direct analog of this pattern in Russian. To say the phrase "in Ukraine" in Russian, you can say "в Украине" or "на Украине". "В Украине" literally means "in Ukraine", whereas "на Украине" literally means "on Ukraine". "Нa" is usually used for regions or geographic features, ...
"The Ukraine" is a region of the world that has existed for some time. "Ukraine" is the name of the country created after the fall of the USSR that more or less governs this region. Parts of what was usually considered part of the Ukraine might be in neighboring nations. Similarly, "The Great Plains" is a region in North America. It extends across part of ...
There is something fundamentally wrong with the statement that “The Ukraine is the way the Russians referred to that part of the country during Soviet times”. Russian has no definite article, and as far as I know, the Russian name for (the) Ukraine has not changed since the country’s independence. ‘The Ukraine’ is how English-speaking people have ...
Ukraine means literally on the outskirts (and that was true from the Russian Empire point of view). I guess the would denote it's a descriptive name rather than a country name (that outskirts, not the other ones). So removing the makes sense, since currently the state is independent, its name is unique and doesn't require any additional classifiers.
You should omit 'the' in the adverbial case if there's no additional context because the verb is ambitransitive. In: `She woke the latest in the family,' "the latest in the family" acts as the object taken by the transitive verb. Consider: "Jan is the oldest child. Then there's Mike and Dan." "Who's the youngest?" "Daniel is the latest of the children in ...
I'd say it's because, when referring to the page by it's number, the number is essentially the "name" of the page. In that sense, you wouldn't refer to someone named John as "The John". Conversely, when it's "the 7th page", you're referring to a page at a specific position, rather than referring to it by "name" ("the guy other there", rather than "John"). ...
If there can be more than one instance of an item in a given set, and you are not limiting your comment or rule to only one of those instances, the reference is indefinite. You should use an indefinite article (not a definite article and not no article) when referring to one instance of an item. You could say An Index 2 cannot be surrounded by two ...
Because there is one end. It is the end. Not an end, of which, in the context, there might be many (unless it's a choose your own adventure book). It's not simply, End. Unless it is, but probably would be done in French for a flourish, fin. But the common usage is "The End."
Why write anything at all ("End" or "The End") at the end of a film? It's basically a tradition for storytelling, so it makes sense at the end of a film that tells a story. IOW, it's not just about films -- open any fairy tale: "Once upon a time..." "The end."
If you were talking about a pencil there would be two ends, a blunt end and a sharp end. Thus it would be ambiguous to refer to 'the end' of a pencil. But as there is ultimately only one 'end' of a film, I suppose we use 'the end', so that no one is mistaken into thinking that just a subsidiary 'end' has been reached and hence think there is more to come. ...
The article is there simply because it is the end of the movie. The rest is convention, plain and simple. In signs, headlines, labels, telegraphic style etc., articles can be dropped alright, so there is no reason for it not to be a simple "End" other than tradition. Note how French does say simply "Fin" and everyone is okay with it. It could just as well ...
I don't see a good reason to use the definite article if there is no prior reference (at least tangential) to these customers, and you do not mention any.
In regards to the use of the word "the" before customers': The word customer I think is kind of an exception to the normal rules. While your thoughts to not use the word "the" before "customers'" would be correct if you were to replace the word "customer" with another word like "college", people will commonly use "the customer" or "the customers" to refer ...
It's a judgment call, I don't see potential for the meaning to be confused. Unless there is a hypothetical customer already being talked about, opposed to general customer opinion, I would leave "the" out. "...could decrease customer trust in the quality..." would work fine and is decidedly more general.
To me this is a judgement call - you can leave the 'the' in or not. It seems to flow a bit better to break up the two big words around it with the word there, so I would leave it in, and make customer singular.
Exactly the same as with any other word. Indeed, scientific means a word is particularly associated with science, or that it has a sense that is. In terms of syntax and grammar they are the same as any other word. So, in taking just mass as an example: In talking about it as a concept, we use no article: Mass is a property of a physical body that ...
Assignments must be done by all the students Every one of the group of students, who are defined either implicitly or by a previous statement, must do the assignments. As well as being identified by a previous statement, we could go on to define the group; "…by all the students who are doing the advanced course". Assignments must be done by all ...
The first two are grammatical, but the third isn’t. Normally, either of the first two will be suitable, but the choice may depend on the context.
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