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    Indefinite article before proper names

    Is there any special grammar rule to explain the article in the phrase the Dark Knight?
    Are variants a Dark Knight, or Dark Knight (without an article) possible?

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    Re: Indefinite article before proper names

    'The Dark Knight' is not a particular phrase. When we are talking about one or more dark knights, then we use articles, or not, as appropriate. In a film title, we can choose what sounds best.

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    Re: Indefinite article before proper names

    If you're using a proper noun to show that something is an example of something, then yes.

    My boss has a Picasso hanging in his study = My boss owns a painting by Picasso and the painting is hanging in his study.
    I went to a Rolling Stones' gig last night
    I'd like to buy a Renault Clio please.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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