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    #1

    "the" in front of "theory"

    I've noticed that they almost always omit "the" in front of the word "theory". Is that OK?

    Here's my sentence:

    In 1973, David McClelland, considered the founder of the competency theory, published an article called "Testing for Competence Rather Than Intelligence".

    Do I have to place "the" in front of "theory" here? Thank you in advance.

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    #2

    Re: "the" in front of "theory"

    Is that a recognised theory? If so, I would expect to see the article and then for the theory to be capitalised:

    "In 1973, David McClelland, considered [to be] the founder of the Competency Theory, published an article ..."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: "the" in front of "theory"

    Yes, judging by what the article is talking about, that is a recognized theory. I'm a kinda perplexed now as to whether the article should be placed before "theory". I just want you to tell me if these are wrong:

    Hobbes, perhaps the founder of social contract theory, writes that without some form of government, "...the life of man [is] solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short."

    Research by Bowlby, the founder of attachment theory, showed that the bond between a child and their primary caregiver was essential in aiding a child’s survival both physically and emotionally.

    What bothers me is that the article is omitted in the majority of cases.

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    #4

    Re: "the" in front of "theory"

    I wouldn't use the article.
    Where did you find the sentence?

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    #5

    Re: "the" in front of "theory"

    It's from a paper I'm translating from Russian.
    Last edited by Bennevis; 10-Mar-2014 at 19:50.

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    #6

    Re: "the" in front of "theory"

    As an aside, I've just figured out that it's actually called "competence theory".

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    #7

    Re: "the" in front of "theory"

    I think the founder of competence theory sounds OK.

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    #8

    Re: "the" in front of "theory"

    Despite my original response, so do I. I like a good rethink.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: "the" in front of "theory"

    But we say 'My old physics teacher, Tess Choob, taught me all about the Theory of Relativity' and 'I gradually came to understand Einstein's [no 'the'] Theory of Relativity'.

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    #10

    Re: "the" in front of "theory"

    We also say "chaos theory", no "the". The application of articles is often quirky.

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