- I know
thetower's height — with
- I know
theBryan’s height — without
- What's the general rule for using
thewith possessive (
- In the first sentence
theis used because of definite tower or definite height?
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Answering your second question first: In the first sentence,
the refers to the tower, not the height.
That's the answer to your first question, too: in your examples, the
the has nothing to do with the possessive
's. You could remove "height" and read the sentences this way (with "know" meaning "to be familiar with" instead of "to be aware of a fact"):
People's first names don't require an article in English, but countable nouns like "tower" do, so there you have it. You could also rewrite the sentences as:
"Height" takes the article both times, but "Brian" still doesn't need it.