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    (The) Cambridge Dictionary. (A/The) Cambridge Dictionary('s) entry

    Hello! I'd like to clarify the use of articles in the title of the Cambridge Dictionary. In one of my previous posts (https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/threads/276465-Article-usage-with-quot-context-quot) Tarheel added "the" to the title (#9). The title of the relevant Wiki article is "Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary", but it starts with, "The Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary (unofficially Cambridge English Dictionary or Cambridge Dictionary, abbreviated CALD) was first published in1995..."
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambri...27s_Dictionary)


    My questions are:

    1. Is "Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary" just the case of omitting articles in titles?

    2. Should I always use "the", or I can omit it in the unofficial variants?

    3. Suppose I mention an entry unfamiliar to the listener, which variant would be correct:
    a) I've found it in a Cambridge Dictionary entry.
    b) I've found it in a Cambridge Dictionary's entry.

    4. Suppose I mention an entry familiar to the listener:
    a) I've found it in the Cambridge Dictionary entry.
    b) I've found it in the Cambridge Dictionary's entry.

    I'm in doubt here because "a/the dictionary entry" sounds to me like a kind of entry, whereas "a/the dictionary's entry" sounds like a part of a particular dictionary.
    Last edited by Alexey86; 16-Jan-2020 at 21:24.

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    Re: (The) Cambridge Dictionary. (A/The) Cambridge Dictionary('s) entry

    1. It's their name. (I'm Tarheel, not the Tarheel.)
    2 I don't understand that one.
    3. I saw it in a Cambridge Dictionary entry.
    4. No.
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    Re: (The) Cambridge Dictionary. (A/The) Cambridge Dictionary('s) entry

    2 I don't understand that one.
    Can I say "Cambridge Dictionary" without "the" since it's an unofficial title?

    3. I saw it in a Cambridge Dictionary entry.
    Thank you!

    4. No.
    Sorry, what particularly does "No" refer to?
    Last edited by Alexey86; 16-Jan-2020 at 21:38.

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    Re: (The) Cambridge Dictionary. (A/The) Cambridge Dictionary('s) entry

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    1. It's their name. (I'm Tarheel, not the Tarheel.)
    I used my name (Tarheel) as an example. Additional examples:

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    Re: (The) Cambridge Dictionary. (A/The) Cambridge Dictionary('s) entry

    Say:

    I found it in Cambridge Dictionary.

    Or:

    I saw it in Cambridge Dictionary.
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    Re: (The) Cambridge Dictionary. (A/The) Cambridge Dictionary('s) entry

    I'm confused, Tarheel. If the title functions as a proper name, why did you add "the" in my previous thread?

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    Re: (The) Cambridge Dictionary. (A/The) Cambridge Dictionary('s) entry

    1. Yes.
    2. When speaking, yes.
    3. a)
    4. They're both wrong.

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    Re: (The) Cambridge Dictionary. (A/The) Cambridge Dictionary('s) entry

    Quote Originally Posted by Alexey86 View Post
    I'm confused, Tarheel. If the title functions as a proper name, why did you add "the" in my previous thread?
    Tarheel added the because it sounds wrong without it.

    Don't worry about it if the official title doesn't include an article—you should use one in almost all cases.

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    Re: (The) Cambridge Dictionary. (A/The) Cambridge Dictionary('s) entry

    2. When speaking, yes.
    Sorry, jutfrank, does "yes" mean that I should always use "the" when speaking, or that I can omit it?

    4. They're both wrong.
    So, what's the right variant when an entry is definite, "Cambridge Dictionary entry"?

    And what do you think of the "a kind of entry/a part of a dictionary" distinction?

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    Re: (The) Cambridge Dictionary. (A/The) Cambridge Dictionary('s) entry

    Quote Originally Posted by Alexey86 View Post
    Sorry, jutfrank, does "yes" mean that I should always use "the" when speaking ...?
    No English teacher likes being asked to say 'always', but as a rule, yes.

    So, what's the right variant when an entry is definite, "Cambridge Dictionary entry"?
    What do you mean? What variant?

    And what do you think of the "a kind of entry/a part of a dictionary" distinction?
    I don't think I completely understand your distinction. Can you put it in different (or more) words?

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