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    Definite article before the graph's name

    Hi,

    Imagine I'm writing an essay about, say, the line plot (as one of the plot types). I'm using the name "line plot" a lot throughout the essay. Should I use the definite article before the "line plot" every time, or can omit the definite article before "line plot"? I'm getting overwhelmed by the the line plots.

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    Re: Definite article before the graph's name

    It's hard to say without seeing the text. Can you upload it to our Editing and Writing Topics sub-forum?

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    Re: Definite article before the graph's name

    You have to use the article when writing about a specific line plot. When referring to line plots in general (as I have just done in this sentence), you don't use an article. When using line plot as an attributive noun, you don't use an article.

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    Re: Definite article before the graph's name

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    You have to use the article when writing about a specific line plot. When referring to line plots in general (as I have just done in this sentence), you don't use an article. When using line plot as an attributive noun, you don't use an article.
    Thanks. I did mean line plot in general, so it seems I can get rid of all the definite articles that fill the page as monkeys fill a jungle with their screams. I'll get what I need: the page with line plots without the thes, like the jungle with monkeys without the screams.

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    Re: Definite article before the graph's name

    Submit an excerpt to the writing forum to see if you're on the right track.
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    Re: Definite article before the graph's name

    An example here (submitting here not to the writing forum because it's from Wikipedia).

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