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    #1

    the apartment 21

    I presume that before cardinal numbers we do not use 'the'. On my search I found some phrases like 'in the apartment 21' and I found it a lot on Google. I wanted to be sure whether it's correct or not to use it with 'the'.
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    Re: the apartment 21

    In your title, 'the' is not placed before a cardinal number. There's nothing wrong with 'The 21 committee members meet every week'.

    There may be contexts in which 'in the apartment 21' is fine.

    Please quote two or three.

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    Re: the apartment 21

    The sentence I found wrong in Shahab Anari, page 8:
    1. You won't hear her because she lives in the apartment 501.

    My rule of thumb is not to use 'the' before cardinal numbers in general, although there are some exceptions for clarification as you mentioned above.

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