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Never use the definite article before the names of languages.
We can say: He speaks the English language very well.
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).
Don't use the definite article with proper nouns in the possessive case.
If the name ends in an s or x or is difficult to pronounce with the extra syllable 's we omit the final s. Maria Callas' voice is divine.
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.
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.