Sorry for the naive question, is this sentence correct with two the? Maybe the second one is not necessary?

Table 10 summarizes the F1 results on the ABC dataset.

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    Why do you think it might not be correct?
    – ColleenV
    Jul 12, 2016 at 11:34
  • I'm thinking maybe the second one may not necessary?
    – trminh89
    Jul 12, 2016 at 11:46
  • Thanks - that helps us understand what sort of answer will help you. Would you edit your question to include your thoughts?
    – ColleenV
    Jul 12, 2016 at 13:42
  • Actually I think you could leave out the first "the", unless your "F1 results" are a subset of a larger group of F1 results. The second "the" is needed.
    – user3169
    Jul 12, 2016 at 17:24

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The word "dataset" can be counted: one dataset, two datasets. It is a countable noun.

It is in the singular form here. There are cases when you can drop an article before a singular countable noun: usually it's when it is a proper noun. But "dataset" is a common noun, not a proper noun like "George".

Hence, in your particular example, it needs an article before it.

If you're sure that the reader will understand what particular "ABC dataset" you're talking about, you should use the.

My explanation is quite short of being complete, because the use of articles is very complex. I provided only some basic considerations.

You might try reading Quirk et al, "A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language" for an exhaustive explanation of article usage.

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