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Offline bookworm

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definite article with the school name
« on: December 03, 2019, 09:16:37 pm »
Let's say the management of an unknown school in an unknown location has added the definite article the to the name of their school to make it sound prestigious. 

The John Doe Elementary School
The John Doe High School
The University of St. John Doe

The original names didn't have an article. Do you find these school names pretentious? 

His son is in fifth grade at The Academy of John Doe.​
She graduated from The University of St. John Doe with a degree in economics.​
« Last Edit: December 03, 2019, 09:37:08 pm by bookworm »
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Re: definite article with the school name
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2019, 10:55:09 am »
>Do you find these school names pretentious?
No
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Re: definite article with the school name
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2019, 11:40:19 am »
Not at all. And your last two sentences would sound odd without the article.

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Re: definite article with the school name
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2019, 01:00:02 pm »
 :)
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Re: definite article with the school name
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2019, 02:06:01 pm »
Thanks.

What I mean is that this institution decides to add the to the official name of the school. That is why, in my last two sentences, I capitalized the article The.
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Re: definite article with the school name
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2019, 03:07:36 pm »
Fine by me either way
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Re: definite article with the school name
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2019, 10:51:55 pm »
Fine by me, too. The Lydbury Language Forum is pleased to be of help.  ;)