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    Deepurple is offline Member
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    Issue on articles

    Hi, I would like to ask the reason why we say "the history of Ireland" but "Irish history" without the definite article. Thanks.

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    Re: Issue on articles

    I have found in a book:

    the literature of the Middle Ages - medieval literature
    the glass of Bohemia - Bohemian glass
    the lakes of Finland - Finnish lakes

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    Re: Issue on articles

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    Hi, I would like to ask the reason why we say "the history of Ireland" but "Irish history" without the definite article. Thanks.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good morning, Deepurple.

    (1) Great question.

    (2) I recently read a letter in THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT that

    might (MIGHT!) be a little (LITTLE!) helpful:

    (a) The writer explained the difference between two book titles:

    (i) THE Unpublished Works of X.

    (a) "The" = ALL of the unpublished works of X.

    (ii) Unpublished Works of X.

    (a) = SOME of the unpublished works of X.

    Have a nice day.

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