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    Smile "English language" or "the English language"

    #1 English language is beautiful.

    #2 The English language is beautiful.


    Could someone tell me which sentence above is correct? And please explain the reason. Thanks!

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    Smile Re: "English language" or "the English language"

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post

    #1 English language is beautiful.

    #2 The English language is beautiful.
    I'd say:

    # English is a beautiful language!

    # The English language is beautiful!

    I don't know why, actually I still don't need to, the fact is that it sounds good to me!
    Maybe a teacher can clarify and proofread that for us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    I'd say:

    # English is a beautiful language!

    # The English language is beautiful!

    I don't know why, actually I still don't need to, the fact is that it sounds good to me!
    Maybe a teacher can clarify and proofread that for us!
    Absolutely correct.

    In both sentences "language" takes an article.

    # English is a beautiful language!

    # The English language is beautiful!

    The first (indefinate) is referring to English as one of the beautiful languages, and the second is referring to English (in particular) as being a beautiful language.

    In both cases the adj English plays a modyfing role: it modifies the noun language.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Smile Re: "English language" or "the English language"

    Marciobarbalho and Colloquium:

    Thank you for your replies. I've understood.

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    Default Re: "English language" or "the English language"

    One little comment. In the sentence "English is a beautiful language", "English" is a noun.

    The English language is a kind of exception. Cf.: English history, English literature, etc.

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    Smile Re: "English language" or "the English language"

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    One little comment. In the sentence "English is a beautiful language", "English" is a noun.

    The English language is a kind of exception. Cf.: English history, English literature, etc.
    Hi Clark,

    Thank you. This is useful.

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