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    again the definite article

    In English the names given above are sometimes preceded by the definite article,like the Buddha, the Christ and the Sai Baba.Why? Are they really proper names or descriptive names?

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    Re: again the definite article

    These are technically titles, not proper names, although they have acquired proper name use over the centuries.

    "Christ", for example, comes from "Christos" = "Anointed"/"The Anointed One".

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