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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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