I am currently writing my thesis. It is based upon an application that I developed. My question is that should I use the in front of my application's name in my thesis.

In this example suppose my app's name is mSecure:

Applying the concepts of HCI in the development of mSecure.


Applying the concepts of HCI in the development of the mSecure. (This sounds weird to me)

Also, later on if I have a sentence like this:

The user of the mSecure must be healthy.


The user of mSecure must be healthy.

Can some one please point out which of the above sentences are more appropriate?

closed as off-topic by Kris, TimLymington, FumbleFingers, tchrist, bib Aug 3 '14 at 2:32

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    Suggested migration to English Language Learners – Kris Aug 2 '14 at 10:37
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    Usage of "the" is suggested only when you use a word like app with mSecure, ex- "Applying the concepts of HCI in development of the mSecure app". However, go without the "the". – Manish Giri Aug 2 '14 at 10:39
  • @LasciviousGrace Other mistake that I made is using the in front of development? So would this be correct "Applying HCI concepts in development of mSecure." – ρss Aug 2 '14 at 10:52
  • The definite article "the" should be used depending on your sentence construction. For instance- in the sentence in my example- "Applying the concepts of HCI in development of the mSecure app": here you have "the" before concepts and before mSecure, so you can probably skip using the before development. But in the sentence in your comment above, you need a the before development. Lookup the usage of definite article here: writing.utoronto.ca/advice/english-as-a-second-language/… and owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/540/01 – Manish Giri Aug 2 '14 at 11:06

Don't use "the" with your application name. In this case the application name functions in the same way as the name of a person (or dog, or other animal I suppose) and it would be unusual (and highly stylistic) to place a "the" in front of the name.

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