Wednesday, June 6, 2012

"the" before proper nouns

Do we have to put "the" before proper nouns? No, we do not!

What are proper nouns?

Common Noun
Proper Noun
city
Kuala Lumpur
student
Ahmad
school
SAM Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi
state
Selangor
author
J.K. Rowling


Here's a video clip that further explains common and proper nouns:




Students always mistakenly use "the" before proper nouns. Refer to the following sentences:


Wrong: I want to go to the Kuala Lumpur.
Right:  I want to go to Kuala Lumpur. 

Wrong This book belongs to the Ahmad.
Right This book belongs to Ahmad. 

Wrong Ahmad studies in the SAM Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi.
Right Ahmad studies in SAM Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi. 

Wrong I was born in the Selangor.
Right I was born in Selangor. 

Wrong My favourite author is the J.K. Rowling.
Right My favourite author is J.K. Rowling.

However, there are exceptions where we have to use "the" before proper nouns. For example:
  1. The tourists are from the United States of America.
  2. I would like to further my studies in the United Kingdom.
  3. My father bought a Proton Preve. The Proton Preve is white.

Let's speak and write better English!

4 comments :

Anonymous said...

Hi, I would like to know clearly about how to proper use The in sentence...In a few example was given above look like that word of the is used for thing which more than one thing..would you can explain more clearly meaning of the to me?


Thank you..

Teacher Nuha said...

Dear Anonymous,

I hope the following link can help you in understanding the use of "The":

http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/adjectives-determiners-the-a-an.htm

Anonymous said...

Can u give me some phrases that can be use in essay especially for narrative writing? And how to improve my vocabulary?

Thank you =D

Teacher Nuha said...

Dear Anonymous,

The phrases that can be used in a narrative writing depend on the title of the essay. What's the essay about?

One of the ways to improve our vocabulary is by reading a lot of English materials.

:)

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