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    Why do we use the article "the" as in "the animal planet" even though animal here refers to all animals and not a specific species as such.


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    The article refers to the word 'Planet'. As far as I remember, it's the name of a TV program or something.

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    For "the animal planet", I think "animal" functions as an adjective. I guess this phrase may mean "where the world's animals come together for your viewing pleasure".

    Need more discussion.

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    Why do we use the article "the" as in "the animal planet" even though animal here refers to all animals and not a specific species as such.
    Animal in this case is being used as an adjective to describe the word Planet. You are writing "The Planet" with "Animal" being used as a descriptive word rather than a noun. It's the same as "the animal kingdom." Animal is the adjective, because it is being used to modify the word "kingdom" which is the main subject (noun) in the phrase.

    But incidentally, the TV channel has no "The" at the start, it is just called "Animal Planet."

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