English is a language

The English are fine people.

I like English language.

I know that we say the English language.

My question is:

I want the red book

There may be many red books and I want a particular red book.

is it ungrammatical to say English language since we are referring to only one language-English?

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    Not all grammatical sentences make sense. "I want the red book" makes sense only in a context where there is no ambiguity. As you note, there are many red books in the world. But a previous sentence (not shown) may make it clear which red book is the one talked about. That goes to show that it's hard to define exactly if a sentence is grammatical in isolation. – MSalters Oct 15 '19 at 16:14

Yes, it is. You should say "I like the English language." Here, English is an adjective. There are many languages, and the one you like is the English language.

Or, you can say "I like English." (not "the English") In this case, English is a proper noun and does not take an article.

  • @pfsalad.I like the English means I like English people. – successive suspension Oct 16 '19 at 7:36
  • Yes, that’s right. If you’re talking about the language, leave out “the”. – pfalstad Oct 16 '19 at 7:54

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