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    Zero Article?

    Do the following diseases require a definite article?

    (the) Mumps, (the) measles, (the) hepatitis, (the) chicken pox.

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    Re: Zero Article?

    He's dying of pneumonia.
    Appendicitis nearly killed him.
    She has cancer

    (You will sometimes hear "the measles," "the mumps," but these, too, can go without articles.)


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    Re: Zero Article?

    Here's what sounds correct to me.

    the mumps
    the measles
    hepatitis
    the chicken pox.

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    Re: Zero Article?

    Measles and mumps can go either way, with or without an article. Chicken pox sounds better without the article:
    "I had chicken pox as a child."
    "You can't come in the house unless you've already had chicken pox; the kids are all contagious right now."
    Hepatitis never gets an article, although it is often expressed by specifying the strain of the disease:
    "She caught Hepatitis C from sharing a dirty needle."
    "My friend caught Hepatitis while working witht he Peace Corps in Sudan."

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