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    Hello,

    I need help.
    It's name of picture. Is it correct?

    Man and cat from Rikko town.

    or "the" is necessary?

    The Man and cat from Rikko town.


    *Rikko is name of town.


    Thank you.
    Last edited by Rooby; 14-Mar-2016 at 04:28.

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    Re: with "The" or without "The"

    "The" is necessary. You've also forgotten to use a verb. It's not a sentence.

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    #3

    Re: with "The" or without "The"

    Yes. Captions of pictures don't have to be complete sentences.

    Your original phrase could be a complete sentence without a verb if it was the answer to a question:

    "Who's in the picture?"
    "The man and the cat from Rikko town."
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    Re: with "The" or without "The"

    If it's the name of a picture (a movie?), you don't need either of the "the" or a verb. Movie names are rarely sentences.
    However, if it's a movie name, you capitalise all non-trivial words. Man and Cat from Rikko Town.

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    Re: with "The" or without "The"

    If it's the title of a work of art, then Man and Cat from Rikko Town is perfectly acceptable.
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    Re: with "The" or without "The"

    Rooby, please note that a better title would have been (The) Man and Cat from Rikko town.

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    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: with "The" or without "The"

    "The Man and the Cat from ..." would really only work if there were only one man and one cat living in that town. That seems unlikely. There is nothing wrong with the original but the more likely alternative is "A Man and a Cat from ...".

    As the others have said, captions for pictures rarely use full grammatical sentences. This applies to the titles of paintings as well as the captions under photos in the press.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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