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When “The The” Isn’t Redundant


I’ve seen numerous posters, billboards and signs announcing that the sequel to “The Hunger Games” comes out Nov. 22. It made me think about how people don’t like to repeat the word the when it’s part of a title.

People probably would ask me, “Will you see the new ‘Hunger Games’ movie?” That’s grammatically correct, but it’s even more correct to say, “Will you see the new ‘The Hunger Games’ movie?”

This is because the word the is in the title, and even though it’s awkward (and a bit wordy), it’s nonetheless correct to say, “Yes, I will see the new ‘The Hunger Games’ movie, ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.’ ” However, I know many people, myself included, will simply call the second movie “Catching Fire,” which is the name of the second book in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy. But it’s not wrong to repeat the the.

Another unrelated example of repeating the without redundancy is to refer to the actual name of an English musical and multimedia group.

It’s called The The.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

 

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November 7, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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