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    #1

    Articles

    I understand that articles are used according to the following conditions.

    1. Indefinite articles - 'a' and 'an'
    • singular countable noun (not specific)


    2. Definite article - 'the'
    • plural noun
    • people, things or animals which are specific or exact
    • only one such thing (eg: the sky, the Rex Cinema)
    • names of places, mountains, oceans and so on
    • talking about the same thing the second time
    • superlative form


    3. Zero Article
    • common nouns
    • names of people, places and countries (proper noun)
    • abstract nouns
    • languages


    I'm confused with the article 'the' and zero article (in blue). Rex Cinema is considered as a proper noun, how can I differentiate whether 'the' should be used.

    And what about the following:
    1. Taj Mahal
    2. Mount Everest
    3. White House

    Thanks for the help.

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    #2

    Re: Articles

    Quote Originally Posted by snoopy5376 View Post
    I understand that articles are used according to the following conditions.
    They look like guidelines. Guidelines allow for exceptions.
    As far as cinemas go, you should call it what the locals call it.

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