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    Smile hi

    hi. my name is Gerel.

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    Re: hi

    Quote Originally Posted by gerel View Post
    Hi. My name is Gerel.
    Hello, and welcome to the forum. We look forward to helping you with your specific questions about English language.

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    Re: hi

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Hello, and welcome to the forum. We look forward to helping you with your specific questions about English language.
    Hi, emsr2d2. I have always thought I should say "the English language" when I use it as a noun. Why is it OK not to use the article?

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    Re: hi

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Hi, emsr2d2. I have always thought I should say "the English language" when I use it as a noun. Why is it OK not to use the article?
    I don't have a satisfactory answer to that!

    Initially, I was just going to write "...your specific questions about English" and at the last second I added "language".

    However, I would not usually say "Ask me questions about the English language". I would say "ask me questions about English".

    My only explanation is that (in my head) I was thinking about it as the name of a subject. At school I studied "English Language" and "English Literature" so perhaps "English Language" without the article just came naturally to me.

    I love the fact that these forums even make the native speakers think long and hard about what they say and why.

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