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The definite article THE and Hurricane Sandy...

 
 
Reply Mon 21 Jan, 2013 07:47 am
Is the use of the definite article THE in the following sentence grammatically
correct? "I survived the Hurricane Sandy."
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 21 Jan, 2013 07:49 am
Without commenting on what is or isn't grammatically correct, that's not how i would expect a native speaker to say it. One would say: "I survived hurricane Sandy."
blackfoot yankee
 
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Reply Mon 21 Jan, 2013 07:59 am
@Setanta,
What about in written form?

If the definite article THE can be used to mark a natural phenomenon that is well-known or unique, then the above sentence must be correct in writing, right?
ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 21 Jan, 2013 08:11 am
@blackfoot yankee,
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 21 Jan, 2013 10:28 am
@blackfoot yankee,
You're hopeless . . . bye . . .
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 21 Jan, 2013 10:35 am
@blackfoot yankee,
blackfoot yankee wrote:
a natural phenomenon


In the example you've provided, Hurricane Sandy is a proper name.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 21 Jan, 2013 10:41 am
By the way--why do you keep writing "the definite article THE?" There is only one definite article in English, the.
blackfoot yankee
 
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Reply Wed 23 Jan, 2013 07:42 am
@blackfoot yankee,
Such harshness.
I am just asking a simple question. Thanks for your answers.
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JTT
 
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Reply Wed 23 Jan, 2013 09:41 pm
@Setanta,
Quote:
You're hopeless . . . bye . . .


Next post ...

Quote:
By the way--why do you keep writing "the definite article THE?" There is only one definite article in English, the.


Setanta uses verbal aggression to keep people off guard. It's his way of protecting himself because he doesn't know much about language and how it works.
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blackfoot yankee
 
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Reply Wed 23 Jan, 2013 11:40 pm
@blackfoot yankee,
Thanks everyone for your input.
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JTT
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jan, 2013 06:12 am
@blackfoot yankee,
Is the use of the definite article THE in the following sentence grammatically
correct? "I survived the Hurricane Sandy."

Normally, as you are well aware, BY, or you wouldn't have asked the question, we don't use 'the' with names. However, if there's a valid reason to do so, then it's a possibility.

After this thread, you might well say to your friends,

I survived the Setanta.

"I survived the hurricane Sandy."

This is also a possibility.


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