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    Question When do I have to use the article and when do I don't have to use it?

    Hi, everybody.


    I have a question about the correct use of the article in English. For example, now I'm reading "Dubliners" by Joyce and a sentence starts like this: "Old Cotter was sitting...". One Italian speaking must put the article before "Old". So, when I translate from Italian to English I'm not sure about the correct use of the article. Is there a rule in English?


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    Re: When do I have to use the article and when do I don't have to use it?

    "Old Cotter" is a name so an article before it would be wrong.
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    Re: When do I have to use the article and when do I don't have to use it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    "Old Cotter" is a name so an article before it would be wrong.
    "Cotter" is a name, not "Old"...

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    Re: When do I have to use the article and when do I don't have to use it?

    Yes, but "old" is part of the name or rather, it always appears before "Cotter" as far as I can tell. Mind you, I haven't read Dubliners, but I've found some information about it online:

    Old Cotter - The family friend in “The Sisters” who informs the narrator of Father Flynn’s death. Old Cotter voices concern about the priest’s intentions with the narrator, but he avoids making any direct statements.
    SparkNotes: Dubliners: Character List
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    Re: When do I have to use the article and when do I don't have to use it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    Yes, but "old" is part of the name or rather, it always appears before "Cotter" as far as I can tell. Mind you, I haven't read Dubliners, but I've found some information about it online:

    Old Cotter - The family friend in “The Sisters” who informs the narrator of Father Flynn’s death. Old Cotter voices concern about the priest’s intentions with the narrator, but he avoids making any direct statements.
    SparkNotes: Dubliners: Character List
    Ah, ok. I understood now.
    Thanks for your excellent explanation.

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