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    Use of articles with linguistic terms

    Hello,

    What are the rules for using articles with linguistic terms such as gerund, subject, object, lexical verb, subject complement?

    Note that I am interested in the first time introduction of the term or first mention.
    Examples:

    The first term is subject/gerund.

    X

    The first term is the subject/the gerund.

    I have seen both variants used in academic papers. Can I apply "no article before a singular countable term" politics?

    (voluntary but related questions) Another question is what a term is and what is a usual, general noun.

    Thanks
    Last edited by nemesisgrw; 06-Jun-2014 at 19:28.

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    Re: Use of articles with linguistic terms

    I always use "the" before linguistic and grammar terms. I do so in my academic essays, and on this forum. I haven't noticed any native speakers not doing so. It's very possible that the academic articles you've read have been by non-native speakers.

    Note, you should make a new thread for each unrelated question. Your second question is more complex than I can go into now, and I don't understand your third.

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    Re: Use of articles with linguistic terms

    Thanks Raymott. I have edited the post so that it would be clear that the last two questions were more or less voluntary.

    So, you as a native speaker, do not see terms more like names of people or any official names? Then there would not be any article (or zero article) required.

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    Re: Use of articles with linguistic terms

    Quote Originally Posted by nemesisgrw View Post
    So, you as a native speaker, do not see terms more like names of people or any official names?
    No I don't see terms as names or official titles.

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