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    Enter the room No.3

    Please explain if the article "the" is used correctly or it mustn't be used when the number is mentioned. Thank you!

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    Re: Enter the room No.3

    Don't use the article.

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    Re: Enter the room No.3

    I think "room" should be capitalized since the name is "Room No. 3".
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    #4

    Re: Enter the room No.3

    It's not a name as such. There is no need for any capital letters.

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    #5

    Re: Enter the room No.3

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It's not a name as such. There is no need for any capital letters.
    Some sources do recommend rooms with numbers to be capitalized:

    http://www.darton.edu/programs/Human...talization.pdf (Item 8)
    https://brand.utexas.edu/editorial-style/capitalization
    http://web.calstatela.edu/faculty/pt...talization.htm
    Last edited by tedmc; 24-Jul-2016 at 03:54.
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    #6

    Re: Enter the room No.3

    Q: What's my room number?
    A: Number 3. Here is the key to room number 3.

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    Re: Enter the room No.3

    I agree with the non-capitalisation of "room" in Tarheel's last post. However, if the word "number" were omitted, I would write "Here is the key to Room 3".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Enter the room No.3

    In my opinion, the simplest and clearest way to approach this is to follow this simple rule of use: capitalise if you intend to show a word is part of a name and don't capitalise if not.

    This rule, though, may have a bearing on whether to use an article. For example, we would not say:


    • She entered room.


    because, since room is a general noun, this is ungrammatical without an article. But we would say:

    • She entered Room 3.


    without an article, since Room 3 is a name.

    So when we encounter a phrasing as in the OP, which includes the word 'number':


    • She entered the room No.3.

    we must decide whether to keep the article, in which case we're saying the name of the room is just 'No.3',


    • She entered (the room) No.3.


    (which sounds a bit odd to me) or remove the article and make the name of the room 'Room No.3',

    • She entered Room No.3.


    which I personally think is more logical and more elegant.

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