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The bravery is a great virtue.
Bravery is a great virtue.

Abstract nouns, if used in a general sense, can't take the article.

Abstract nouns, used in a particular sense, use the article: The bravery of the Spartans was renowned.

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Green is a beautiful colour.
The green is a beautiful colour.

Don't use the definite article before the names of colours when used as nouns

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You must be careful in the future.
You must be careful in future.

In the future means in the time to come: Nobody knows what will happen in the future.

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On Sunday I go to church.
On Sunday I go to the church.

To go to church means to go and pray; while to go to the church means to go and visit the church.

Similarly, distinguish between go to bed and go to the bed, go to prison and go to the prison, go to market and go to the market, go to hospital and go to the hospital, sit at table and sit at the table.

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The Sunday can be a day of prayer.
Sunday can be a day of prayer.
The December is the last month.
December is the last month.

Don't use the definite article before the names of days and months

We say the Sunday before last, the December of 1940, etc

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