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Which one is correct?

  1. There is a washbasin under mirror

  2. There is a washbasin under the mirror

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Only OP's second example (with the definite article the) is idiomatically valid in this exact sentence.

But it would (just about) be possible to say There is an under-mirror washbasin. That particular utterance is perhaps a little unusual, but an under-floor pipe (with or without the hyphen) is a perfectly natural alternative to a pipe under the floor - where again, that second version more or less requires the article.

The rule of thumb is we normally include the article where it's part of an "adjectival preposition + noun" element that comes after the primary noun being modified...

They laid a cable under the sea

...but not when that adjectival element precedes the relevant noun (cable, in these examples)...

They laid an under sea cable

(or undersea or under-sea - these are trivial different orthographic choices that have nothing to do with the actual grammar involved).

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