Good morning, let’s begin from where we left in the previous blog:
Incorrect :The Sachin is a great cricketer.
Correct : Sachin is a great cricketer.
Correct : Uday is the Sachin of India.
So what is the governing rules? Let us see:
We are taught that proper nouns do not take articles with them. It is partially true and incomplete in itself. Proper nouns do take articles with them but in some special cases.
A) To honor the eminent personalities.
e. g. The Shakespeare, The Subhas Chandra Bose, The Einstein ctc.
B) To denote the qualities the eminent persons possess or they are known for.
e. g. The Shakespeare = a great poet.
The Subhas Chandra Bose= a great leader.
The Einstein = a great scientist.
B) needs explanation –
1) Bankim Chandra Chatterjee is the Shakespeare (=a great poet) of India.
2) Satyendra Nath Bose is the Einstein (=a great scientist) of India.
*** here we can see that ‘a great poet’, ‘a great scientist’ – these are common nouns, so what about ‘the Shakespeare’… etc.?
Yes, in this particular case ‘the Shakespeare’ … etc. are common nouns. I think, this explanation demystifies the three earlier sentences. Any comments?