Why we don't use the definite article 'the' before 'page 33'?

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The definite article 'the' and the cardinal number '33' are both determiners, and nouns (in this case 'page') only take one determiner.

TheFreeDictionary: Determiners

  • Thank you. But why we should say 'in the year 2003' but 'page 33'?
    – Alwind
    Apr 4, 2018 at 15:44
  • it's in the preposition - 'year 2003' becomes a noun phrase and needs a determiner
    – JMP
    Apr 4, 2018 at 15:49
  • JonMark, I've got it! Thanks! And one more quesion, I thought that 33 in my case is a cardinal number, not ordinal, am I wrong?
    – Alwind
    Apr 4, 2018 at 15:54
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    Probably - I read TFD's definition as ordinal meaning position in a list, which a book sort of is. Then I remembered ordinals are usually 1st, 2nd. I'll edit I think.
    – JMP
    Apr 4, 2018 at 15:57

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