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    Storming Norman

    Norman Osborn is talking on the phone in his office. Harry, his son, tells Pete, who has just come in:
    -- Storming Norman's making his weekly inspection. He's spent half of it on the phone.
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    I'm often unsure as to which article, if at all, to use when an adjective precedes a proper name. Tell me please, how the meaning would change here if it were " the storming Norman" or "a storming Norman". Thank you.

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    Re: Storming Norman

    No article is used in most cases like this one.

    General Norman Schwarzkopf, a military commander, acquired the nickname Stormin', which has since been flippantly applied to countless other guys who happen to have the same forename.

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