Are articles used before titles of nouns? Example:

Take the last date from the/∅ DataStatus table.

Take the last date from the/∅ Address table.

  • You'd either say "...from the DataStatus table" or "...from DataStatus". Or if it's clear from context that you're talking about DataStatus you could say "...from the table". You wouldn't say "...from the DataStatus".
    – nnnnnn
    Commented May 14, 2016 at 3:56

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Are articles used before titles of nouns?

Yes, they can be. The title can be considered an adjective so it's the same situation as writing the red car, etc.

BUt, do you have to use an article here?

Articles are determiners. Here's what Wikipedia says about it in the "Zero determiner" section from this article.

  • with plural or uncountable nouns used to refer to a concept or members of a class generally: cars are useful (but the cars when specific cars are being referred to); happiness is contagious (but the happiness when specific happiness is referred to, as in the happiness that laughter engenders...).

  • with plural or uncountable nouns used to refer to some unspecified amount of something: there are cats in the kitchen; I noticed water on the floor (here it is also possible to use some cats, some water).

  • with many proper names: Tom Smith, Birmingham, Italy, Jupiter.

  • with singular common nouns in some common expressions: smiling from ear to ear, leaving town today.

The closest point that could apply would be the first one above, but you are not refering to a concept of a table, or members of a table class, but an actual instance of a date from an actual instance of a table. A table is definitely countable anyway. So you should use the article.


If there is only one table that's identified as "DataStatus" (or "Address"), you can omit the article. It won't hurt to have the article, either, especially if in preceding text you spoke of those tables.

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    In the context of a data model, every table (name) is unique. However, I would never omit the article when referring to the X table. Imagine you have physical tables (the things with legs) and there is a blue one in the room, amongst others. Would you say put the vase on blue table or put the vase on the blue table? There's only one table identified by the adjective blue, but I bet very few, if any, native speakers would omit the article!
    – oerkelens
    Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 11:55

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