I've got a number of problems with articles and would be very glad for your help. I'll put them in different threads so as to deal with each of them separately. The first is with the articles referring to famous persons, e,g, Chaplin, Dickens etc. Do we use the article with such names if they are preceded by an adjective? And what about their being preceded by nouns? I read that it's possible to say: the famous comedian Chaplin. Can it be just the famous Chaplin?
What about regular names? Will it be not 'the girl Betty'? Then what's the difference between the use of articles with famous names and ordinary ones?
Thanks for your help in advance!