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Sunday can be a day of prayer.
The Sunday can be a day of prayer.
December is the last month.
The 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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Gillian has found a work at the bank
Gillian has found work at the bank.

Don't use the indefinite article before such words as work, fun, health, permission.

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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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The man is born a sinner.
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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My sister goes to school.
My sister goes to the school.

To go to school means to be a student, while to go to the school, means to visit the school.

Similarly, to leave school means to stop being a student and to leave the school means to go away from the school premises.

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