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    help me with this definite article explanation

    I have a library card from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh.

    Why the article is used before (university of Khaka)?

    is it because of the phrase in Bangladesh. because this phrase is defining where the university is so we use the definite article.

    or is it because the definite article is used because the university is a public institution???

    thanks



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    Re: help me with this definite article explanation

    The definite article is used here because you're speaking about a particular university rather than an arbitrary one. You give the name of this university and its location, which allows us to understand which university is deing discussed.

    Compare:

    In the university of Dhaka you can find a lot of foreign students
    If you happen to be in Bangladesh try to visit a university (= any university) and you'll see how big and beautiful it is.

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    Re: help me with this definite article explanation

    Quote Originally Posted by EvilsEye View Post
    I have a library card from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh.

    Why the article is used before (university of Khaka)?

    is it because of the phrase in Bangladesh. because this phrase is defining where the university is so we use the definite article.

    or is it because the definite article is used because the university is a public institution???

    thanks


    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    EvilsEye,


    (1) I believe that "in Bangladesh" has nothing to do with the

    definite article.

    (2) I believe that people can say:

    He attends the University of Dhaka.

    She attends Dhaka University.

    (3) As a non-teacher, I am expected to give reasons for my

    opinions.

    (a) I found the following information in a super-respected

    grammar book --A Comprehensive Grammar of the English

    Language (London and New York: Longman, 1985). This 1,779-page

    book was written by Professors Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik.

    I believe that I can quote their words:

    Names of British universities ... usually have two forms: the

    University of London (the official name) and London University [which, I

    guess, is the unofficial name used in quick conversation]. In names of

    American universities, there is a fairly regular contrast ...the

    University of California and California State University [Notice that there

    is no "of" phrase]. Universities named after a person [do not use the

    definite article]: Yale University, Brown University, etc.

    The professors remind us that there is no 100% rule. There are

    always exceptions. They give these examples:

    She attended York University/ (the) Hatfield Polytechnic/ the Paris

    Conservatoire. [In the second example, some people feel comfortable

    without the "the"; others want the "the."]

    Bottom line:

    Sometimes the use of "the" is arbitrary. That is, an institution decides to

    use "the" or not to use "the." It has nothing to do with a "rule."

    If you want to know what a particular institution calls itself, just

    google its official website and see what it calls itself.

    THANK YOU


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