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Do I need to use articles in front of proper nouns that are used as adjectives?


"I joined [the] Warp Engine team."

"I want to share [the] Warp Engine roadmap with you."

marked as duplicate by Drew, Glorfindel, tchrist Apr 4 '17 at 16:57

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    Usually, yes. I joined the [green|fast|Smithsonian|Apollo|Johnson] team. Unless it is posessive: I joined Johnson's team. – Davo Apr 3 '17 at 21:37
  • Not in certain cases, eg She's a member of [the] Boarshurst Brass Band / He's a member of [the?] Garforth Working Mens Club. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 3 '17 at 21:55
  • @EdwinAshworth - But your examples are true proper nouns, not regular nouns modified by proper nouns used as adjectives. The OP's example's are of regular nouns modified by proper noun-adjectives, and the article is determined by the noun. – Hot Licks Apr 3 '17 at 22:23
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    @Drew - That's not a duplicate. The referenced question does not discuss using proper nouns as adjectives for common nouns. – Hot Licks Apr 4 '17 at 0:06
  • Yes, since there is only one "Warp Engine" you need the definite article "the". Note though, that "Warp Engine" is not an adjective; it is a proper noun functioning as modifier (there is a difference!). – BillJ Apr 4 '17 at 6:49

The general rule with articles, when applied to adjective-modified common nouns, is that you use (or not) the article you'd use if the adjectives were not present (with the usual caveat about a/an).

So, since you would say "I joined the team" you would likewise say "I joined the Warp Engine team." The fact that the adjective "Warp Engine" is developed from a proper noun is irrelevant.

On the other hand, note that if "Warp Engine Team" is considered a proper noun then the article might or might not be used -- the use of articles with proper nouns is a bit idiosyncratic.


It varies. On a case-by-case basis.

We went up on the Empire State Building.

We were in Central Park this afternoon.

You'll need to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge.

You should spend some time in Washington Square Park.

  • Re-read the question carefully. – Hot Licks Apr 3 '17 at 22:24
  • @HotLicks Re-read the answer with a similar degree of care. – Ricky Apr 3 '17 at 22:41
  • You're answering a different question. What part of "used as adjectives" do you not understand? – Hot Licks Apr 3 '17 at 22:42
  • @HotLicks None of them. – Ricky Apr 3 '17 at 23:41

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