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    The use of "the" in the following sentence.

    Hi, everyone.
    I just came across the following sentence in a vocabulary book: "The eminence of Victorian biographer Lytton Strachey is based heavily on his book Eminent Victorians."
    However, I think it should be: "The eminence of the Victorian biographer Lytton Strachey is based heavily on his book Eminent Victorians."
    So which one do you think is correct?
    Thank you very much!
    Please notify me of any mistakes in my posts. It is much appreciated.

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    Re: The use of "the" in the following sentence.

    The original is correct.

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    Re: The use of "the" in the following sentence.

    "The eminence of the Victorian biographer, Lytton Strachey, is based heavily on his book Eminent Victorians."
    Two commas are added, is it correct now?

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    Re: The use of "the" in the following sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    "The eminence of the Victorian biographer, Lytton Strachey, is based heavily on his book Eminent Victorians."
    Two commas are added, is it correct now?
    No, it's not correct now. It would be correct if Lytton Strachey was the only Victorian biographer, or if he was referred to before as "the Victorian biographer", but not by name - but he wasn't.

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    Re: The use of "the" in the following sentence.

    "Victorian biographer" functions as an adjective here, so no article is need.
    Is it correct?

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    Re: The use of "the" in the following sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    "Victorian biographer" functions as an adjective here, so no article is need.
    Is it correct?
    No, "Victorian" is an adjective, and "biographer" is a noun. But even if it was an adjective, how would that affect the need for an article?
    In my opinion, in the original, "the" is optional.
    Perhaps you are thinking that 'biographer' must be an adjective if no commas are used because it must qualify the proper noun "Lytton Strachey". That's not right. This construction is common. I'll give just one example:
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-2...affair/5219362

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