Say you want to refer to your project which you have chosen the name "X" for it. What is the difference in referring to it as "Project X" or "X Project"? Is the first one more suitable for branding? I am not a native English speaker so I am not sure if they feel and/or have grammatically different usage.

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    My take: Project X sounds more like X is the name of the project; X Project sounds like a project having to do with X. Let X = Zebra. Project Zebra = Zebra is name of project. Zebra Project ~= unnamed project about Zebras. – developerwjk Aug 24 '16 at 19:40
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As a matter of typical usage, "Project X" uses the word Project as a title and doesn't require a determiner. The project's name includes the leading word Project, as "Project America" illustrates.

The word project can also be used as a simple noun in the form "the project X" where X is the name of the project. It is less common, and either relegates X to near parenthetical status or promotes it theatrically. This form, however, is more commonly used where X is an attribute of the project, for example in the following title.

The second form, "the X project", is always used with a determiner such as the definite article. Here, the word project is treated as a simple noun that takes X as an adjective as illustrated by the following sentence:

  • Your president or business owner may not be directly involved in the website project, but in most cases they still have a strong sense of what they want and don’t want on a website. - tbhcreative

The second form can be treated as a proper noun (e.g. The Hunger Project), in which case both the determiner and the trailing Project are included.


"Project X" is like a proper noun in a way because it is the official naming of the project meaning the project itself is named Project X. "X Project" sounds more vague and general as in when people say "X variable/Y variable" or it is like another way of saying "etc" such as "Tom had a lot of excuses. He said his car wouldn't start, he woke up late and xyz." So if you have a project and you want to call it X you should refer to it as Project X

  • Counterexamples are not hard to find; most people have heard of the Manhattan Project and the Human Genome Project for example. – choster Aug 24 '16 at 20:22
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    @choster, Those work because of the "the" in front of them. – developerwjk Aug 24 '16 at 20:49

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