Let's suppose there is a cinema house called 'Dream'.
How to refer to it?

  1. In cinema 'Dream'
  2. In the cinema 'Dream'
  3. In 'Dream' cinema


  1. In band 'Abba'
  2. In the band 'Abba'
  3. In 'Abba' band
  4. In the 'Abba' band.


With books and their titles


  1. at the intermediate level
  2. At inter. level
  3. At the level Inter
  4. At level Inter.


  • All are correct, although some forms will require the use of comma before and after the name – Bella Swan Aug 28 '19 at 10:04
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    If all are correct, are there any rules to understand how and why they are correct and what to choose? And when do we need to use commas? – user98919 Aug 28 '19 at 11:05
  • You can choose any one of them, comma will be used if the sentence is continuing. E.g In the cinema Dream, no movies were being displayed. – Bella Swan Aug 28 '19 at 11:11
  • It is better to use the sentences with "the" article, although its not necessary – Bella Swan Aug 28 '19 at 11:11

The definite article with names

Definite Article The definite article is the word the. It is used before a noun to define it as something specific (e.g., something previously mentioned or known, something unique or something being identified by the speaker). I'm the murderer. (This means a specific murderer, i.e., the one previously discussed.) Can we go to the park? (The park is specific. It is known to the speaker and the listener.) Grammar

How to refer to it?

(In) At the 'Dream' cinema Cambridge English Dictionary please note the use of "the" in the examples.

In the band 'Abba' or just In ABBA. Example; The Blonde girl in Abba is very attractive. see Note 1.

With books and their titles (This a Duplicate and is more complicated ref to Previous answer )

at intermediate level or at the intermediate level both can be used although the meaning is slightly different. One is a general statement the other refers to a specific entity.

Note 1 The examples 1,3 and 4 using the word band have a completely different meaning and cannot be used in the form you have written.

  • Thanks. But why is it that we can use 'at the Dream cinema', but not 'in the ABBA band'? In the 'in the band ABBA' the defines band, and ABBA is just the name of the band. But in 'at the Dream cinema', when it is Dream, not 'The Dream', can't Dream be understood as a premodifying word for cinema? If not, as it is a noun, not an adj., it's supposed to be ok to say 'in the ABBA band'. – user98919 Sep 2 '19 at 8:08
  • The problem with "Band" is that it has other meanings. Rubber Band, Bandwidth etc. – Brad Sep 2 '19 at 8:55
  • If you use the form The Band ABBA native speakers will know you are talking about a Pop group. Whilst if you put the Band last then what you mean is ABBA (the) Band (even though you do not write the) as opposed to the Band ABBA, this may be misconstrued that you are talking about another form of Band, not a Pop group. This Band having the name ABBA. It is an arguable point. I would be surprised if non native speakers would pick up on this. I am not sure what Americans would do . But I would not use "ABBA Band – Brad Sep 2 '19 at 9:07
  • So, when we use the name before the category, does this name act as a pre modifyer, and can it be interpreted as smth characterizing the following word. It feels like in 'the Dream cinema' we can read it as 'at the dream cinema', and, accordingly, understand it like 'the cinema of one' s dream'. And 'in Abba band' can be understood like 'band of Abba members' (where 'band' is just a group of people, not 'mus.band). If so, how to distinguish between these two concepts? Only noticing the capital letters? – user98919 Sep 2 '19 at 11:48

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