In following sentences, should I use the:

  • Persian is sweet.
  • (the) Persian language is sweet.
  • (the) Contemporary Persian language is sweet.
  • (the) Contemporary Persian is sweet.
  • It's not the question you're asking, but "sweet" is an unusual adjective to apply to a language. Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 12:35
  • @starsplusplus I "sweet" is used exclusively to describe the Persian language. Google it! It is realy sweet! Say some thing in Persian to taste it. Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 14:49
  • I Googled sweet and Persian and didn't get anything. What do you suggest I Google? Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 15:44
  • @starsplusplus "persian is sweet" use quotation marks. Commented Apr 16, 2014 at 11:06

2 Answers 2


Before Persian language, yes, you should use it.

But if you use the name of the language on its own, you do not!

"The Persian is sweet" refers to a specific person of Persian extraction, not to the language (or actually, it could be a cat in this case!).

  • Thanks, what about two last ones? Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 12:19
  • Same thing. Whether you use Persian language, Contemporary Persian language or contemporary often-used sweet-sounding fluent Persian language, you still omit the when you mention language, and you use the when you just use Persian :)
    – oerkelens
    Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 12:42

Okay, to answer it precisely...

Persian is sweet - Okay, what's her name? (So, here the Persian will serve the same as American.
(the) Persian language is sweet - Of course, it's a sweet language.
(the) Contemporary Persian language is sweet - True, the latest words and literary work for the language makes the modern Persian language even sweeter.
(the) Contemporary Persian is sweet - oops! the contemporary person does not sound natural!

A further good read here.

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