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    Question Definite Article Pickle

    Hello,

    I have a very precise question to ask regarding the use of 'the'. I am a teacher and some of my students had to comment pictures using comparatives/superlatives.

    My issue is this: Some of them (most) have written sentences like 'In the picture 6..', 'It is bigger than in the picture 3', ...

    You can say 'in picture 3', 'in the picture on the left', 'in the smallest picture' etc, but to me the aforementioned examples are wrong... but I cannot find any reason why. I have obviously checked the rules to see if I could find a reason, but I can't. Does anyone know? I'm starting to doubt myself and would appreciate any form of light on this matter. Thank you!

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    Re: Definite Article Pickle

    "Picture 3" is a name. You've called it "picture 3", etc. but your students don't realise that it's a name.
    Names don't (usually) require "the" eg. "It's in line 5"; "it's in paragraph 4."; "It's in Room 2b".

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    Re: Definite Article Pickle

    I am not a teacher.

    If your students are francophone they would certainly use the article before "photo 3" in French. It is a very common mistake for French speakers when constructing an English sentence.

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    Re: Definite Article Pickle

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "Picture 3" is a name. You've called it "picture 3", etc. but your students don't realise that it's a name.
    Names don't (usually) require "the" eg. "It's in line 5"; "it's in paragraph 4."; "It's in Room 2b".
    Thank you, that was very helpful and makes complete sense.

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    Re: Definite Article Pickle

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    If your students are francophone they would certainly use the article before "photo 3" in French. It is a very common mistake for French speakers when constructing an English sentence.
    Yes, indeed, I am aware that is a common mistake and am half-French myself but I was just unable to see why this was incorrect.

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