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Cholera is a dreadful disease.
The cholera is a dreadful disease

As a rule, don't use the definite article before the names of diseases.

The indefinite article is needed with common names of illnesses: I was suffering from a cold (a fever, a cough, a headache).

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My favourite game is football.
My favourite game is the football.

Don't use an article before the names of games like football, hockey, tennis, cricket, volley-ball, basket-ball.

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The boy whose father is ill has left.
The boy whose the 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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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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The gold is a precious metal.
Gold is a precious metal.

Don't use any article with material nouns, if used in a general sense.

Material nouns, used in a particular sense, require the definite article: The coal from the Midlands is exported to many countries.

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