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    Default Princess Diana or the princess Diana?

    My question is about 'the' article with name+noun constructions. I know I can say 'the town of Cambridge'. Also 'king George', 'aunt Mary' and likewise (without 'the') are met frequently in the press or on TV.
    However:
    They headed to Babylon city or to the Babylon city? Can I say also to city Babylon or to the city Babylon?
    Is there a valid rule regarding such cases? There are plenty or contradictive examples in literature.
    Thank you who can help.

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    Default Re: Princess Diana or the princess Diana?

    Quote Originally Posted by Romeo4755 View Post
    My question is about 'the' article with name+noun constructions. I know I can say 'the town of Cambridge'. Also 'king George', 'aunt Mary' and likewise (without 'the') are met frequently in the press or on TV.
    However:
    They headed to Babylon city or to the Babylon city? Can I say also to city Babylon or to the city Babylon?
    Is there a valid rule regarding such cases? There are plenty or contradictive examples in literature.
    Thank you who can help.
    "king George" is wrong and so is "aunt Mary", if they are meant to be names. Titles are capitalised.
    In "the town of Cambridge", 'town' isn't part of the title.
    So, it's Princess Diana.
    "They are headed to Babylon"; "They are headed to the city of Babylon"; "They are headed to Babylon City" (if it was called that). Your options in red are all wrong.

    PS: Do you have some examples of "king George" from the media that you could post a link to?

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    Default Re: Princess Diana or the princess Diana?

    What I am trying to do is to get articles straight.

    Do you have some examples of "king George" from the media that you could post a link to?
    News on TV.

    Your options in red are all wrong.
    to Babylon City - is it right or wrong?

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    Default Re: Princess Diana or the princess Diana?

    Quote Originally Posted by Romeo4755 View Post
    Do you have some examples of "king George" from the media that you could post a link to?
    News on TV.

    The news on TV is generally spoken, so how could you tell if there was a capital letter at the start of "king"?
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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