Should it be

Grails has integration with jUnit


The Grails has integration with jUnit

If the correct answer is the one without the "The", then why?

P.S. (The) Grails is an open source web application framework.

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    I'm not clear why there are downvotes on this -- isn't the question valid? Jan 25, 2011 at 21:51
  • I'm glad someone asked this. I've heard a lot of people refer to "the Google AppEngine", whereas I think of it as just "Google AppEngine". Seems analogous... Feb 24, 2011 at 19:58

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Usually, as other answers note, names of software products and other proper-noun names don't take the.

Yet some, especially plurals, do, like the Netherlands, the Internet, and the Web. (To be honest, I can't think of a software product whose name takes the. Nonetheless,) I think it simply depends on what the common use is for any given proper noun: try to find Grails and the Grails (and The Grails, I suppose) in use.

  • A few more off the top of my head: the Sun and the Moon; the Grinch; The New York Times and The Washington Post have The as part of their names; Daily Mirror doesn't, and yet people wouldn't say "I read it in Daily Mirror", they would say "in the Daily Mirror".
    – RegDwigнt
    Jan 26, 2011 at 10:35

"Grails has integration with jUnit"

"Grails" is a proper name. So the article is dropped.


"George has a lollipop."


"The George has a lollipop."


We usually do not use the in front of software names. Nobody says the Windows, the Perl or the Python. However, in a sentence like

The Windows computer is still working,

the article really refers to the computer.

  • As a general rule, proper nouns are not preceded from the definite article; it's not limited to software nouns.
    – apaderno
    Jan 26, 2011 at 7:52

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