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* Played straight for a lot of movie localizations in France. It seems like a tacit "rule" that movie titles that are not translated lose their "the", especially if it can shorten it to a single word. The main reason is probably that "the" is difficult to pronunce to most French speakers, unlike the rest of the titles that get that treatment.

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* Played straight for a lot of movie localizations in France. It seems like a tacit "rule" that movie titles that are not translated lose their "the", especially if it can shorten it to a single word. The main reason is probably that "the" "the"[[note]]which is difficult to pronunce to most French speakers, unlike the rest of the titles title that get gets that treatment.treatment[[/note]], especially if it can shorten it to a single word.


* Played straight for a lot of movie localizations in France. It seems like a tacit "rule" that movie titles that are not translated lose their "the", especially if it can shorten it to a single word.

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* Played straight for a lot of movie localizations in France. It seems like a tacit "rule" that movie titles that are not translated lose their "the", especially if it can shorten it to a single word. The main reason is probably that "the" is difficult to pronunce to most French speakers, unlike the rest of the titles that get that treatment.


Further confusion surrounds the question of whether something which doesn't include a 'the' in the title officially should be supplied with one when grammatically appropriate. The 'United States of America' doesn't have a 'the' in the title, but you'd never use it in a sentence without one; by contrast, several bands which don't include articles [[BerserkButton get very upset]] when one is used. There are times when a 'the' would clash with another article, in which case it's generally accepted that you drop the one in the name; it's "a Strokes song", not "a Music/TheStrokes song".

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Further confusion surrounds the question of whether something which doesn't include a 'the' in the title officially should be supplied with one when grammatically appropriate. The 'United States of America' doesn't have a 'the' in the title, but you'd never use it in a sentence without one; by contrast, several bands which don't include articles [[BerserkButton get very upset]] when one is used. There are times when a 'the' would clash with another article, in which case it's generally accepted that you drop the one in the name; it's "a Strokes song", not "a Music/TheStrokes song".
song". Furthermore, some languages (such as Japanese), don't use articles at all. As such, when translated, the translator will usually add a "the", as just calling, say, a {{Kaiju}} movie "Giant Monster Attacks" would be ungrammatical in English, ([[AmbiguousSyntax unless it's meant to say "more than one giant monster attack" as opposed to " a/the giant monster attacks"]])


* For alphabetization purposes, Website/FanfictionDotNet omits any "the" at the beginning of a fandom's name, leading to such categories as "Movies -> [[Disney/TheLionKing Lion King]] and "Games -> [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou World Ends With You]]".

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* For alphabetization purposes, Website/FanfictionDotNet omits any "the" at the beginning of a fandom's name, leading to such categories as "Movies -> [[Disney/TheLionKing Lion King]] King]]" and "Games -> [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou World Ends With You]]".


* For alphabetization purposes, Website/FanfictionDotNet omits any "the" at the beginning of a fandom's name, leading to such things as "[[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou World Ends With You]]".

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* For alphabetization purposes, Website/FanfictionDotNet omits any "the" at the beginning of a fandom's name, leading to such things categories as "[[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou "Movies -> [[Disney/TheLionKing Lion King]] and "Games -> [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou World Ends With You]]".


* The Future Foundation is referred to with a definite article in ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', but it is omitted in ''VideoGame/AbsoluteDespairGirls''.

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* The Future Foundation is referred to with a definite article in ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', ''VisualNovel/Danganronpa2GoodbyeDespair'', but it is omitted in ''VideoGame/AbsoluteDespairGirls''.''VideoGame/DanganronpaAnotherEpisodeUltraDespairGirls''.


* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' is abbreviated in the manual as "WEWY" (whereas fans are more likely to use "TWEWY"). Website/FanFictionDotNet also has the title of the game written without the "the" in its works listings.

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* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' is abbreviated in the DS version's manual and the name of a handful of fourth-wall-breaking postgame threads as "WEWY" (whereas "WEWY". Most fans are more likely ignored this and referred to use "TWEWY"). Website/FanFictionDotNet also has it as "TWEWY"; the title of Solo Remix and Final Remix {{Updated Rerelease}}s {{ascended|Fanon}} this by renaming the game written without the "the" threads in its works listings.question (they didn't have manuals).


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* For alphabetization purposes, Website/FanfictionDotNet omits any "the" at the beginning of a fandom's name, leading to such things as "[[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou World Ends With You]]".


* This is actually why [[Music/NewFoundGlory (A) New Found Glory]] dropped the "A" from their name: customers at record stores didn't know where to look for their [=CDs=] under "A" or "N."

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* This is actually why [[Music/NewFoundGlory (A) New Found Glory]] dropped the "A" from their name: customers at record stores didn't know where to look for their [=CDs=] under "A" or "N.""N" (although it would be on "N" either way, since articles usually don't count for alphabetical sorting).

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* Sometimes, people call ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', ''The Regular Show''.


* Despite commonly being abbreviated "[=LotR=]", Creator/JRRTolkien's fantasy epic is called ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. (Proper initialism conventions call for the leaving out of articles and prepositions [hence why the Federal Bureau '''of''' Investigation is the FBI and not the FB'''o'''I], so it ''should'' be abbreviated "LR.")

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* Despite commonly being abbreviated "[=LotR=]", Creator/JRRTolkien's fantasy epic is called ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. (Proper initialism conventions call for the leaving out of articles and prepositions [hence why the Federal Bureau '''of''' Investigation is the FBI and not the FB'''o'''I], so it ''should'' be abbreviated "LR.")



** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "Last of the Time Lords"]] only has one "the" in its title. The list of sources to get this wrong include ''the back of the [=DVD=] box set''.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "Last of the Time Lords"]] only has one "the" in its title. The list of sources to get this wrong include ''the back of the [=DVD=] DVD box set''.


* Not averted a lot of movie localizations in France. It seems like a tacit "rule" that movie titles that are not translated lose their "the", especially if it can shorten it to a single word.

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* Not averted Played straight for a lot of movie localizations in France. It seems like a tacit "rule" that movie titles that are not translated lose their "the", especially if it can shorten it to a single word.



* On Wiki/TheOtherWiki, battles have sometimes raged over whether to use the "the" in an article title. ''Series/TheAvengers'' (the TV series) has it but ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' (the comic book) doesn't. The official ManualOfStyle says:

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* On Wiki/TheOtherWiki, battles have sometimes raged over whether to use the "the" in an article title. ''Series/TheAvengers'' (the TV series) has it but ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' (the comic book) doesn't. The official ManualOfStyle Manual Of Style says:


* In general, the rule of thumb seems to be if a band's name is (the) (noun) you always say "the" (i.e Music/TheBeatles, Music/TheCure) whereas if the name is (the) (adjective) (noun) (i.e Music/SpiceGirls), then "the" is either never used or is optional.

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* In general, the rule of thumb seems to be if a band's name is (the) (noun) you always say "the" (i.e (e.g. Music/TheBeatles, Music/TheCure) whereas if the name is (the) (adjective) (noun) (i.e (e.g. Music/SpiceGirls), then "the" is either never used or is optional.


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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' is a ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' spinoff cartoon that aired on Nickelodeon. ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'' is a Madagascar spinoff movie not sharing continuity with the similarly named show.



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' is a ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' spinoff cartoon that aired on Nickelodeon. ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'' is a Madagascar spinoff movie not sharing continuity with the similarly named show.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' is ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' was a ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' spinoff cartoon traditionally animated miniseries about the Clone Wars. ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars Star Wars:]] '''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars The]]''' [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars Clone Wars]]'' was a CG-animated series on the same topic that aired on Nickelodeon. ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'' is a Madagascar spinoff movie ran for several seasons. Thanks, Lucasfilm. That's not sharing continuity with the similarly named show.confusing at all!



* ''[[Franchise/{{Transformers}} The Transformers]]'' or just ''Transformers''? Post [[Film/{{Transformers}} movies]] it seems to have stuck without the "the".



* ''[[Franchise/{{Transformers}} The Transformers]]'' or just ''Transformers''? Post [[Film/{{Transformers}} movies]] it seems to have stuck without the "the".
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' was a traditionally animated miniseries about the Clone Wars. ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars Star Wars:]] '''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars The]]''' [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars Clone Wars]]'' was a CG-animated series on the same topic that ran for several seasons. Thanks, Lucasfilm. That's not confusing at all!


** This troper asked director Brad Bird, and he replied via Twitter ''https://twitter.com/BradBirdA113/status/1006870154930806784''.

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** This troper asked director Brad Bird, and he replied via Twitter ''https://twitter.com/BradBirdA113/status/1006870154930806784''.

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