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    Cool dawn or the dawn?Hi,

    Hi,

    Do you say: "He stayed awake until dawn" or "He stayed awake until the dawn" or neither of them?

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    Re: dawn or the dawn?Hi,

    "He stayed awake until dawn."

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    Re: dawn or the dawn?Hi,

    Until dawn!

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    Re: dawn or the dawn?Hi,

    whay isn't correct to put an article? the dawn
    although I never use "the" in such a sentence, I don't know the reason.

    e.g: it's good for you to speak english language. without the
    but why ?

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    Thumbs up Re: dawn or the dawn?Hi,

    It has to be used when the time you're referring to is specific. For instance:
    It wan't until the dawn they first met that... (Here the reference is to 'a specific dawn')

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    Re: dawn or the dawn?Hi,

    Quote Originally Posted by mkss View Post
    It has to be used when the time you're referring to is specific. For instance:
    It wan't until the dawn they first met that... (Here the reference is to 'a specific dawn')
    what about this one:
    e.g: it's good for you to speak english language. without the
    because we talk about english in general, but if we say the english language will the sentence be wrong or unacceptable?


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    Re: dawn or the dawn?Hi,

    With prepositions like 'before', 'until, 'after' no article would normaly be used with parts of the day, however you can have 'the' with these nouns in other constructions.
    E.g. We were enjoying the dawn.

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