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    Use of article "the" in Computers language/IT

    What's the correct way of expressing IT related software names? From what it seems, many would be using "the Internet Explorer", "the My Computer", "the Firefox" without adding the proper descriptor. For example:

    You can find the Internet Explorer on the Desktop; as opposed to:
    You can find the Internet Explorer application on the Desktop.

    From what I know, it's important to define the subject, especially if it's not something you can touch with your bare hands.

    This is similar to expressing:

    I'm eating a Jonathan each day.
    I'm eating a Jonathan apple each day.

    Maybe someone can shed some light onto this matter. Sorry If I didn't post this correctly or if it's a re-post.
    Thank you in advance,
    Adrian.

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    Re: Use of article "the" in Computers language/IT

    Quote Originally Posted by adysanro View Post
    What's the correct way of expressing IT related software names? From what it seems, many would be using "the Internet Explorer", "the My Computer", "the Firefox" without adding the proper descriptor. For example:

    You can find the Internet Explorer on the Desktop; as opposed to:
    You can find the Internet Explorer application on the Desktop.

    From what I know, it's important to define the subject, especially if it's not something you can touch with your bare hands.

    This is similar to expressing:

    I'm eating a Jonathan each day.
    I'm eating a Jonathan apple each day.

    Maybe someone can shed some light onto this matter. Sorry If I didn't post this correctly or if it's a re-post.
    Thank you in advance,
    Adrian.
    With an apple, that is correct only if a specific kind of apple is important. For most people, "I eat an apple every day" is enough.

    For your first, the correct version is: "You can find Internet Explorer on your/the Desktop".

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    Re: Use of article "the" in Computers language/IT

    Thank you for your prompt response. Somehow, I just wanted to bring into discussion the excessive use of "the" when expressing IT related names/objects/properties. Still, would the form "the Internet Explorer application..." be more correct than just "the Internet Explorer..."?

    Is it (really) important/correct to define the object you're talking about in IT/Computers language? Or not that much?

    Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    With an apple, that is correct only if a specific kind of apple is important. For most people, "I eat an apple every day" is enough.

    For your first, the correct version is: "You can find Internet Explorer on your/the Desktop".

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    Re: Use of article "the" in Computers language/IT

    Quote Originally Posted by adysanro View Post
    Thank you for your prompt response. Somehow, I just wanted to bring into discussion the excessive use of "the" when expressing IT related names/objects/properties. Still, would the form "the Internet Explorer application..." be more correct than just "the Internet Explorer..."?

    Is it (really) important/correct to define the object you're talking about in IT/Computers language? Or not that much?

    Thanks.
    No "the Internet Explorer application" is wordy, unnatural, and unnecessary. "The Internet Explorer" is incorrect.

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