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    The usage of definite article in some cases.

    Hello there.
    I revised the English articles and came across some curious examples of their usage.
    I confused a bit and hope you will help me.


    1. Who President of France is? Who Queen of England is? Could I leave "the" out? Who headmaster of the school? In latter example I shouldn't capitalise "headmaster" because it is not a title or rank, should I?
    2. Next question is about the apposition. Mr. Edwards, dean (or "the dean"?) of the English department, has left for New York.
    3. In early/late morning. In the early/late morning or summer or winter. They sound the same or not? For example: In (the) early morning I went for a walk. On (the) late Monday morning I ran through the woods.
    4. He turned musician. He became a musician. It is right to use the articles in this way?

    Thank you in advance. I hope you will not go angry over such stupid questions, but articles are quite tricky things to understand.

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    Re: The usage of definite article in some cases.

    Quote Originally Posted by Little man View Post
    1. Who President of France is? Who Queen of England is? Could I leave "the" out? Who headmaster of the school? In latter example I shouldn't capitalise "headmaster" because it is not a title or rank, should I? No, "headmaster" should not be capitalized there. Ask "Who is the headmaster of the school?
    2. The (or "My") next question is about the apposition. Mr. Edwards, dean (or "the dean"?) of the English department, has left for New York. Either version is OK.
    3. In early/late morning. In the early/late morning or summer or winter. They Do they sound the same or not? For example: In the early morning I went for a walk. It's more common to write "Early in the morning...." On (the) late Monday morning I ran through the woods.
    4. He turned musician. He became a musician. It is right to use the articles in this way?
    See above.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The usage of definite article in some cases.

    1. Who is the President of France? Who is the Queen of England?
    3. In early/late April/May. In early/late summer/winter. In the early morning but on late Monday morning. When you have a specific day (Monday, Tuesday, etc) you don't need "the".
    4. He became a TV correspondent/physician/musician, etc.

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    Re: The usage of definite article in some cases.

    Ok, thank you. I have a few additional questions so that I can get rid of confusion completely.
    3. In the early morning I went for a walk. But if I use a sentence like this: In late evening all birds fly up into the trees to roost. Can I omit the article because I'm speaking about late evening in general.
    Another example It was September. It was early autumn. Is this sentence correct?
    4. I thought that I can trust him, but he turned a liar. This sentence make sence?

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    Re: The usage of definite article in some cases.

    Quote Originally Posted by Little man View Post
    Ok, thank you. I have a few additional questions so that I can get rid of the confusion completely.

    3. In the early morning I went for a walk. But if I use a sentence like this: In late evenings all birds fly up into the trees to roost. Can I omit the article because I'm speaking about late evenings in general?

    Another example: It was September. It was an early autumn. Are these sentences correct?

    4. I thought that I could trust him, but he turned out to be a liar. Does this sentence make sence sense?
    See above.

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    Re: The usage of definite article in some cases.

    "It was early autumn" is fine. It means it was early in the fall season. "It was an early autumn" means the season had changed earlier than usual.
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    Re: The usage of definite article in some cases.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    "It was early autumn" is fine. It means it was early in the fall season. "It was an early autumn" means the season had changed earlier than usual.
    That's right. Without further context, it can be either way.

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