"On Horse Market"


"On the Horse Market"

I suspect the latter is correct, but I do not know why? I did some research. I know that market is countable. Is that a rule that I always have to put an article before countable nouns?

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    Can you add some more context? Neither "On Horse Market" nor "On the Horse Market" make much sense standing alone. – Mike Harris Jun 19 '19 at 19:17
  • Mike Harris: The phrase is to be the title of my facebook post. – Jerzy Brzóska Jun 19 '19 at 20:30
  • Unless 'Horse Market' is the name of a website I don't think you can't really use the first one. – Smock Jun 20 '19 at 12:30
  • You can use whatever you want in a title. Titles don't need to be grammatical—and very often aren't. Titles of most things are simply noun phrases. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Jun 21 '19 at 14:14
  • This is basically asking for editing. – Lambie Nov 20 '19 at 20:49

Although horse markets are rare in the modern world, there are other types of market, e.g., the stock market or the bond market. The word "market" takes an article because it is a countable noun.

I bought this horse at a horse market

The speaker does not think the specific location is relevant.

I bought this horse at the horse market last year

implies a specific market for horses that is presumably understood by both speaker and audience.


Is that a rule that I always have to put an article before countable nouns

When the noun is not a proper noun, and referring to something that, in that sentence, can be counted, then yes.

If you can answer the question which X sensibly, then X is countable.

On Horse Market

Proper nouns in English are capitalized. You don't use an article here because of that.

Horse Market also happens to be composed of words that also work as non-proper nouns. When used in a non-name sense, the normal article rules would apply.

I went to the horse market that's down the street.

I went to Horse Market yesterday.

I talked to that guy yesterday.

I talked to John yesterday.

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