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Chapter 3. Parts of Speech: Coming to Te... > Verbs: All the Right Moves - Pg. 26

Parts of Speech: Coming to Terms 26 A Note on Nouns for Non-Native Speakers Nouns sometimes take the definite article the. Follow these rules: 1. Use the with specific singular and plural nouns. · I need the hammer and the nails. · I need the tools. Use the with one-of-a-kind objects. · Look at the sun! · This is the last cupcake. Use the with the names of oceans, seas, rivers, deserts. · the Atlantic Ocean · the Sahara Desert Use the with the names of colleges and universities containing the word of. · She studied at the University of New Mexico. 2. 3. 4. At other times, nouns do not take the definite article the. Do not use the with the names of people, general positions, continents, states, cities, streets, reli- gious place names, titles of officials, fields of study, names of diseases, and names of magazines and newspapers (unless it is part of the title). · · · George Bush, not the George Bush Europe, not the Europe New Jersey , not the New Jersey