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When I want to say on my resume that I was mentioned on that list, should I say

Was mentioned on the Dean's list several times.

or

Was mentioned on Dean's list several times.

?

I think that the first is better but Grammarly (a grammar-checking application) gave an error when I wrote it:

It is unlikely that your sentence needs both the article the and the determiner Dean's. Consider deleting the article.

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    I remain skeptical of automated grammar-checkers in general, but according to their website, Grammarly is supposed to provide explanations when it flags a suspicious word or construction. Why does Grammarly prefer the second?
    – choster
    Commented Sep 7, 2017 at 15:37
  • +1. Here is what Grammarly says: "It is unlikely that your sentence needs both the article the and the determiner Dean's. Consider deleting the article."
    – ammar
    Commented Sep 7, 2017 at 16:24
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    Thanks. In that case, @DoWhileNot 's explanation seems to be correct, and I would retain the article. That said, in a U.S. context, this strikes me as unnecessarily wordy; Dean's List on its own would be self-explanatory, as in, Rice University, AB Philosophy, Cum Laude, Dean's List 5 semesters or some such.
    – choster
    Commented Sep 7, 2017 at 16:41

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"On the Dean's list" is correct. You probably got the error from Grammarly because of the confusion between "Dean" the title and "Dean" the name.

If I was on Dean's list, then I would be on a list made by some guy named Dean.

If I was on the Dean's list, then I'd be on a list of someone who's title was, "The Dean."

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