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    (the) ABC school

    Hi,

    Question:

    I don't understand why we don't need to write "the" before ABC school in the following sentences.
    Is it because ABC school is a name?
    When we say "I like Mary", I don't need to say "I like the Mary".
    Correct?

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    I studied at ABC school.
    I worked at ABC school.

    Thanks

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    Re: (the) ABC school

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Question:

    I don't understand why we don't need to write "the" before ABC school in the following sentences.
    Is it because ABC school is a name?
    When we say "I like Mary", I don't need to say "I like the Mary".
    Correct?

    Sentences:

    I studied at ABC school.
    I worked at ABC school.

    Thanks
    Generally, you can leave out "the" if "ABC School" is the name, but not if "ABC" is the name.
    Similarly, you can't say "I don't like Mary character", but you can say, "I don't like the Mary character", or "I don't like that Mary person. (colloquial)."

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    Re: (the) ABC school

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Question:

    I don't understand why we don't need to write "the" before ABC school in the following sentences.
    Is it because ABC school is a name?
    When we say "I like Mary", I don't need to say "I like the Mary".
    Correct?

    Sentences:

    I studied at ABC school.
    I worked at ABC school.

    Thanks
    In your examples, you don't necessarily need to add "the". In my town, there were two main secondary schools, and neither of them would have taken "the" when used in your exampes:

    I worked at Varndean High School.
    I worked at Dorothy Stringer High School.

    Look at the following examples:

    I worked at Oxford University.
    I worked the the university in Oxford.

    In the first example, you are quoting the official title of the university, so you don't need "the". However, in the second, you are talking about a specific university, taking "the" and then stating the location.

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    Re: (the) ABC school

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    The rule is, if you like, the uniqueness of such educational institutions as kindergartens, schools, colleges/universities, as there will not be two Oxford unversities in the world and misunderstanding of which Oxford University will not arise on the hearer. So, the definite article, which specifies the person or object in question if there is more than one of the kind, is not used.
    Last edited by albertino; 29-May-2010 at 04:43.

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