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


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 '18 at 15:44
  • it's in the preposition - 'year 2003' becomes a noun phrase and needs a determiner – JMP Apr 4 '18 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 '18 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 '18 at 15:57

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