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    "The" with specification

    Hello, I am trying to understand how to use "the"(article) correctly.


    I understand the idea of using 'the' when we have a specific case, not generally.



    What do I need to do when a noun is specified?
    example: if we are talking about a specific song and we have the name in the same sentence, Does we still need to use "the"?
    I saw somewhere this: The song "all we need is love" of the Beatles is beautiful".

    I wonder if we combine "song and all we need is love" we don't need to use "the", because there is no other song "all we need is love of the Beatles". So if there is no other song, Do we need to use "the"?


    EX2: If we want to say that Obama has told that the event in Paris was a war against humanity and we want to use his name and his role.
    Does we need to use: "The president of the United States Obama" or President of the United States Obama? - because there is no other president of the United States with the name Obama.



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    Re: "The" with specification

    The song "All We Need Is Love" by the Beatles.
    The President of the USA, Barack Obama said...
    These are correct. None of the articles can be omitted.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 17-Nov-2015 at 09:59. Reason: Fixing typo.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: "The" with specification

    If we want to say that Jews in the United States is immigrating to Israel now.

    Do we need to use "the Jews in the United States" - my problem is because there is no mention to specific Jews in the United States. So, it is general. From the other side we refer to specification - "who live in the United States" and because the description of this group in the world we need to use the.

    I know my question sounds odd.
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    Re: "The" with specification

    Your first "sentence" is not a sentence. And the verb "is" should be "are". You do not need the article before "Jews". It would make it sound like all of them are leaving.
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 17-Nov-2015 at 10:48. Reason: typo

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    Re: "The" with specification

    Quote Originally Posted by captain1 View Post
    If we want to say that Jews in the United States is immigrating to Israel now.
    See below.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    your sentence beginning with 'If' must not end with a full stop.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: "The" with specification

    Matthew, that quote from Rover in another thread was referring to a conditional question. It is irrelevant to what captain 1 wrote. The only problem with captain1's words were that they did not make a complete sentence.

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