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As an English speaker, the definite article is not used before language names under any circumstances, so my intuition offers no help in this matter. Are you quite sure? What about something like "The English spoken in England is quite different from ..." or "The American English of the 17th and 18th centuries ...? I don't think it's all that different ...


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First, let's call things by their right name to avoid confusion: der, die or das can mean different things depending on the context: They can be definite articles, relative pronouns, or I could take the question to mean "when are things masculine, feminine or neuter"?. As I understand your question, what you're asking really is "when should I use a definite ...



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