Is it possible to add an article after the preposition "next to" (in case that I want to specify a noun) or it's idiom which includes already definite article such as the idiom "at home")?

For example: "The rice is in the kitchen, in the cupboard next to (the?) sink."

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    Yes, in fact it is more or less mandatory. Such as I sat next to the window. Mar 8, 2018 at 14:53

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You need to use something which specifies the location for

next to

And it is the same general rule using "the" and "a".

I sat next to a window.
I sat next to any window

I sat next to the window.
I sat next to a specific window

But it does not need to be an article

I sat next to my girlfriend.

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