I want to name an artwork I made but I am not a native English speaker. The title I have selected is vision, meaning having insight. The point is I don't know whether I should name it The Vision or Vision.

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    It is your work; you can name it whatever you like. :) If it were mine, I would leave off the article. We talk about the Mona Lisa, but it is not named by Da Vinci at all, though it is probably a portrait of Lisa del Giocondo. Most works don't have "the' as part of the title. – anongoodnurse Jan 3 '14 at 21:59
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    "Vision" can suggest "eyesight" as well as "thing seen in a dream or trance." "The Vision" much more strongly suggests the latter alone. – Sven Yargs Jan 3 '14 at 22:18
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    How can this be anything other than primarily opinion-based? – TimLymington Jan 4 '14 at 0:14
  • @TimLymington, lack of proper English knowledge :) – Naji Jan 4 '14 at 2:16
  • @Susan, thanks for commenting on the post as a artist. That helps a lot. – Naji Jan 4 '14 at 2:16

An article up front seems redundant: "Vision" looks good to me.

  • Thank you. I am happy that many people confirmed what I have already did. – Naji Jan 4 '14 at 2:19
  • @Naji: except that just as many people said you were wrong. Talk about perception bias. – RegDwigнt Jan 7 '14 at 10:42

To answer this question, consider standard usage of the definite article. At http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/english-grammar/determiners-and-quantifiers/definite-article, there's a fairly comprehensive list of situations where the definite article is used. At least one is relevant here.

"We use the definite article in front of a noun when we believe the hearer/reader knows exactly what we are referring to. ... because there is only one"

There is only one Mona Lisa, and just about every reader know exactly what the name refers to.

You could justify calling your painting "The Vision," since that title would refer to the only vision you were portraying.

  • That is one of the few sources I actually looked but I couldn't relate it to any of the cases with a certainty! I've chosen the Vision but thank you. – Naji Jan 4 '14 at 2:18

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