I read a thread in a dictionary:
The right of freedom of speech is enshrined in law/in the constitution.
How about '...in the law', OR 'in laws'?
"When we wish to talk or think about a class of objects in the abstract, we can use "THE + SINGULAR NOUN". The = one (imaginary) member of the class is used to represent the whole class.
Could I apply this rule to the sentence? Thanks for advice.
(not a teacher)
Generic reference is used when one refers to a whole group or class, to generalize about all possible members of a group:
Children like sweets - no definite article [generic use]
The children in that school don`t like sweets [ although it`s hard to believe that there are children who don`t like sweets ]- specific use of the definite article. OR,
The Chinese have an ancient culture. -definite article plus plural nationality noun.
Chinese is a difficult language. - no definite article with language [general statement]
We use the definite article with reference to a known object or to an object that the listener or reader is already acquainted with.
The, when placed before the pluralized abstract noun, marks it as half abstract or a common noun.
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Last edited by Teia; 29-Sep-2007 at 09:07.
So why we say, i.e. "The movies at Cannes Film Festival" and not "The movies at the Cannes Film Festival"? We are talking about a very specific Film Festival , that in Cannes.
Q. Are both sentences correct:1. Parents' Day is on the seventh of December.1a.The Parents' Day is on the seventh of December.2. Mid-Autumn Festival is on the twelfth of September.2a. The Mid-Autumn Festival is on the twelfth of SeptemberA. Normally, if a day has a special name, such as Parents' Day, it doesn't have an article. So, usually, Parents' Day and Mid-Autumn Festival would be correct. However, the mid-autumn festival could also be correct, if you were not referring to the name of the festival, but just the description.
Source: ELI Grammar Hotline -- Articles
Last edited by albertino; 29-Sep-2007 at 14:46.
I am not sure if we can use the definite article with law as one of the class nouns.
We can use the in front of the noun law if we refer to a specific law, although , while googling I read `dictionary of the law` meaning not a specific law but laws in general.