"Download (the) React repository".

I think "the" shouldn't be used in this case, because we already have the name of the repository.

But: "Open React. Download the repository." - download the mentioned repository.

And: "Download a repository." -download any repository, doesn't matter which.

Am I right?

1 Answer 1


If React is the name of the repository, the article may be omitted, though I would probably include it.

If we're talking about a repository that relates somehow to React (e.g. containing it), the article is needed. Consider:

  • "How do I get to Zabranchburg?” “You can catch the Zabranchburg bus over there.”
  • Is React repository a file name? Those are often enclosed ion quotes, with extension included. Under those circumstances (the) is not needed. Sep 28, 2019 at 2:30
  • @Anton Sherwood Thanks. I searched a lot yesterday and your answer is really what I was missing. The analogy with the bus is perfect. The repository contains React, but can also be considered the name of the repository (kind of). So I think both options can hold, although the "contains React" variant seems much better.
    – croraf
    Sep 28, 2019 at 8:06
  • @WayfaringStranger Good note. What about the links. So I think this is correct: "Go to react.git.com link!", "Go to the React link!"
    – croraf
    Sep 28, 2019 at 8:08

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