As a part-time English tutorial teacher who isn't specialized in language, I would like to ask about article usage for proper nouns and abbreviations.
Do you add 'the' for the following sentences?
"I have just returned from _____ Massachusetts Institute of Technology."
"I have just returned from _____ Hong Kong."
"I have just returned from _____ MIT."
"I have just returned from _____ HK."
The reason of asking this question is because from where I live (Hong Kong), we have a public transportation named MTR (Mass Transit Railway), which we always seem to add 'the' before 'MTR'. (Example text: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MTR)
'The MTR' also appears in one of my students' text book. ("I go to school by the MTR.")
I am a bit confused by the article usage before abbreviation. My guess is:
'The' for organizations/companies;
No 'The' for location and individual's name;
But I still do not know if 'the' is needed for algorithms. For instance I am writing an academic paper about Neural Network. Should I put 'the' in front of NN?
(ie: The prediction is then carried out by ______ NN.)
I would like to hear your thoughts about article usage for abbreviations. Thanks in advance!!!
(Also I may have made some mess in the question, apologies to you who read this but passed by before.)
My confusion continues as I read more stuff:
Organization and Companies: (full name)
"Dragonair became a wholly owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific after completion..."
Meanwhile: "A charter for the incorporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology..."
But there is some new understanding that I would like to share:
When a proper noun/abbreviation is used to describe an object, the article usage will follow the object unless it's a location.
E.g.: an HMO facility, a SWAT team
Exception on location: "It started operations in July 1985 with a Boeing 737-200 service from Kai Tak International Airport..."
I will keep on updating when more questions pop up in my head. Great thanks!
Update 2: I have marked this as duplicate with this link.