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Bus/Financial - Business/Commerce (general) / english grammar: use of "the"
|English term or phrase: ABC company or the ABC company?|
|In many different contexts, I was twisting my brain at which way of putting it would be right: "artwork for ABC company" or "artwork for *the* ABC company"? |
In some cases, though, like "I work at/in..." the question doesn't even come to mind: I work at ABC, or I work in the ABC company.
Is there any rule for this?
Then again, sometimes I get confused because, say, "the Pepsi-Cola company" sounds right to me, but "the Nike company" doesn't, it's just not right rhythmically.
Does the problem at all exist, or am I making it up?
Thanks in advance.
|There are two questions here.|
The first questions relates to the word "company."
If the word "company" is part of the official name of the company, as in "The Coca Cola Company," then it needs to be included, usually capitalized.
If the word "company" is not part of the official name, then using the word "company" after the official name technically makes the official name an adjective that serves to qualify the real noun, which is the word "company." In this case, you need the definite article, as in "I like working for the Cool_Dude.com company." I would rather say, "I like working for Cool_Dude.com," but I can imagine some situations where I want to clarify that I am talking about a company.
The second question relates to the definite article.
Again, if the definite article is part of the official name of the company, then it must be included.
In this case, capitalization must be treated with care.
Some companies realize that although the definite article is integral to the name, it does not have the same standing as the other elements; therefore, if the company name occurs in the middle of the sentence, it is OK for the definite article to take the lower case.
There are other companies that insist otherwise. They want the definite article capitalized even in the middle of a sentence. When I worked for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, I was our department's "graphics representative," which meant that I had to learn all the rules of representing the hospital in formal settings. One of the rules was that the full name was The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. The definite article was deemed part of the name, and it was to be capitalized no matter where it appeared.
If the definite article is not part of the official name, then one would not usually use it, unless the sentence structure requires it, as in when you use the company name as an adjective, followed by a generic noun, like "company," "hospital," "drug store," or "restaurant." Example, "Mary Jo was my boss when I worked for the Chow-Chow restaurant."
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|Fuad, thank you very much for such a marvellous explanation! |
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