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The boy whose the father is ill has left.
The boy whose father is ill has left.

Don't use the article after the relative determiner whose, because it takes the place of the article,

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Man is born a sinner.
The man is born a sinner.

Use man, denoting the human race, without the definite article. Also, mankind requires no article: Disease is the enemy of mankind.

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We'll start after breakfast.
We'll start after the breakfast.

Don't use the definite article before the names of meals, breakfast, lunch, inner, or supper unless you are referring to a particular meal: The lunch they provided was excellent

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A thief is a danger to society.
A thief is a danger to the society.

Use the definite article if society is used (1) in a particular sense: The society of the Greeks was based on freedom; (2) in the sense of companionship:  enjoy the society of my friends.

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Dogs are faithful animals.
The dogs are faithful animals.

Omit the definte article before common nouns in the plural if used in a general sense.

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