I am writing this sentence in a very formal way. the sentence is:

For instance, the artist Sarah Brightman has released the Harem album in 2013.

Do I need to put the before Harem ?

Side note: I know that the sentence could be rephrased to 'Sarah Brightman has release ....', which maybe be better than mine sentence, but for now I'm just asking about the the before Harem

  • We don't usually employ the Present Perfect when a specific time marker is used, like "in 2013". And we are trying not to use wide-ranging tags like "grammar" for posts that are quite specific, like posts about the usage of articles. May 10, 2016 at 15:08
  • @CowperKettle I am with you when it comes to released instead of has released. However, I believe that grammar is a correct tag here.
    – Ania David
    May 10, 2016 at 15:12
  • Grammar doesn't really add any information to the articles tag, I was in the process of fixing it up at the same time CowperKettle did.
    – ColleenV
    May 10, 2016 at 15:15
  • @ColleenV The title is wrong now,
    – Ania David
    May 10, 2016 at 15:15

1 Answer 1


You've got a few issues with your sentence.

My recommended version would read:

For instance, the artist Sarah Brightman released her "Harem" album in 2013.

"Has" is incorrect in this. While you can say something like "He has eaten all of the cake", this is a statement of the recent past that is still ongoing. The cake is still gone. Yes, the album is still out, but it was released, it is a single point in time and now it is simply "released".

We often denote some ownership by saying "her" or "his" in relation to authored content. There may be dozens of albums titled "Harem", so clarifying that it's Brightman's album helps.

Also, depending on what style guide you're using, the album title should be in either quotes or italics.

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