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The Euripides' tragedies are famous.
Euripides' tragedies are famous.

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.

Tim speaks the English very well.
Tim speaks English very well.

Never use the definite article before the names of languages.

We can say: He speaks the English language very well.

Bravery is a great virtue.
The 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.

Sight is one of the five senses.
The sight is one of the five senses.

Don't use an article before the names of the five senses: sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch.

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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