For example:

THE graph shows an increase in car ownership...


Graph two shows an increase in car ownership....

In both cases the noun (graph) is specific, so you'd expect the definite article to be used (as opposed to general nouns).


  • There's some relevant answers in the comments of this question, but nothing rule-based
    – gotube
    Sep 24, 2021 at 18:31

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"Graph two" identifies a specific graph, as if it's a name. In fact, I would think one ought to capitalize the "T", "Graph Two." If you said "the second graph," you'd need the article.

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    OK, so it's as if it's a proper noun (whereas the other one is just a noun)...interesting!
    – Gottano
    Sep 24, 2021 at 18:49

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