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    The English language/English language ?

    Which is correct-
    "The English language"
    OR "English language"
    I know that is - The English language
    But Can I use "English language" in any case to mean the language in general.
    Is it correct-
    e.g.- They are confident in using English language

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    Re: The English language/English language ?

    Quote Originally Posted by drkfuture View Post
    Which is correct-
    "The English language"
    OR "English language"
    I know that is - The English language
    But Can I use "English language" in any case to mean the language in general.
    Is it correct-
    e.g.- They are confident in using English language
    As usual, it depends on context. In your specific example, we would normally say "They are confident in using the English language" or "They are confident in using English".

    Examples:

    The English language is hard to master. (The specific language - English - is hard to master.)
    I have a qualification in English Language. (English Language is the actual title of the subject I studied.)
    English language students must be very dedicated. (Here, English language is used as a general term for students of the subject.)
    People who are learning the English language must work very hard. (Again, as in the first sentence, it refers to the language of English.)

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