Some company names begin with adjectives, for instance:

While most company names are not:

I've noticed that when when people refer to companies that do not start with adjectives, they never use the in front of the name, however if the company name does begin with an adjective, they typically do front the name with the word the, which is appropriate?

Is it correct to be "the Wikimedia Foundation" or just "Wikimedia Foundation"? Is it correct to be "the RELEVANT Magazine" or just "RELEVANT Magazine"?

In the same way, is it ok to say "the Google" or do you have to say just "Google"? what about "the Microsoft" or "the Apple"?

  • Just a nitpick: it's not really clear that "Wikimedia" is an adjective. It seems like you are talking more about company names that begin with any element that looks like an adjunct. The use of "the" with organizations is not really predictable from principles in most cases; you usually need to look at usage to see what is "correct" (you can either define "correct" in terms of common usage, or the usage preferred by the organization). – sumelic Feb 23 '18 at 0:47
  • “The quick red fox…” does need it’s article precisely because it’s not a proper noun. If Quick Red Fox were a company name no “the” would be needed, whether the name fell at the start of a sentence or anywhere else. There’s no difference between company names and other proper nouns except that company names are more often more obviously invented. It’s not particularly appropriate - or inappropriate - to use “the” in front of any name that starts with an adjective. It suits some and not others, depending on the context and the individual name. – Robbie Goodwin Feb 25 '18 at 1:10

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