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    articles before proper nouns

    Hi,

    I am trying to understand why 'Pension Investment Academy' should be preceded by 'the'. Shouldn't we treat that phrase as a proper noun. Please comment.

    ‘The trip was one of several conducted by the Pension Investment Academy.’

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    MG.



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    Re: articles before proper nouns

    It is regarded as a proper noun, just as in "The trip was one of several conducted by the school’, 'school' is a proper noun.
    In both cases, use of 'the' indicates we are referring to a specific Academy, or school.

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    Re: articles before proper nouns

    Pardon me, but I think school is a common noun. Common nouns used for a class or category like dog, cat etc. Proper nouns are names of things/places, e.g. John, Tokyo, and France.


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    Re: articles before proper nouns

    sorry - I misjudged your level of English. I thought you were using proper = 'actual,real'

    Is the Pension Investment Academy some kind of academic training establishment, or a corporation?

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    Re: articles before proper nouns

    It is an industry association (fictitious).

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    Re: articles before proper nouns

    There's no rule that says which proper nouns take the "the" and which do not. I went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institue, my brother went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. My sister-in-law attended the University of Michigan, but my friend when to Penn State.

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    Re: articles before proper nouns

    There's no rule that says which proper nouns take the "the" and which do not.
    Thanks. So, how do you decide whether or not use an article in such situations?

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    Re: articles before proper nouns

    You refer to how the organization uses it. Google is your friend!

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