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    "the" before a university name of a non-English speaking country

    Should I add "the" to the name of a Japanese university?
    Some universities in Japan have "the" in their official English name and others don't.

    For example, Kobe University doens't have "the". http://www.kobe-u.ac.jp/en/

    When I write about them, like "I read a press release of (the) Kobe University, should I always add "the"?

    Also, how about hospital names?
    I'd appreciate replies from both British and American people (and other native speakers.)

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    #2

    Re: "the" before a university name of a non-English speaking country

    In English, the general rule is that if the name of the city comes first, don't use the article. If the word "university" comes first, use the article.

    Oxford University.
    Cambridge University.
    Brighton University.
    The University of Norwich.
    The University of Manchester.
    The University of East Anglia (at Norwich).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "the" before a university name of a non-English speaking country

    Emsr2d2's reply is also applicable to American universities.

    New York University
    Iowa State University
    Michigan State University
    The University of Michigan
    The University of Chicago

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    #4

    Re: "the" before a university name of a non-English speaking country

    A notable exception is The Ohio State University.

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    Re: "the" before a university name of a non-English speaking country

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    A notable exception is The Ohio State University.
    Which makes this Wolverine fan throw up in her mouth a little each time she hears it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #6

    Re: "the" before a university name of a non-English speaking country

    LOL!

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    Re: "the" before a university name of a non-English speaking country

    Thank you everyone.

    Does the same rule go for hospital names?

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    Re: "the" before a university name of a non-English speaking country

    I'd say so in most cases.

    There will be exceptions, of course.

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    Re: "the" before a university name of a non-English speaking country

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    A notable exception is The Ohio State University.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Is it possible that the "the" is now being dropped by some publications?

    I have just read this sentence in Bloomberg Businessweek:

    "In early 2012, 54 members of the Fit Club, a gym in Columbus, Ohio, went to a lab at Ohio State University."

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    #10

    Re: "the" before a university name of a non-English speaking country

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Herbivorie:

    I am sure that you already know this, but just in case ...

    One would not use "the" if one is using an initialism (a word consisting of the first letter of each word):

    For example, I (was) graduated in 1959 from the University of Southern California. Since then, many other students have (been) graduated from USC.






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    Last edited by TheParser; 08-Sep-2014 at 11:33. Reason: Decided to put more letters in boldface.

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