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DG connects the word "the" with proper nouns. In general, proper nouns may not take determiners; but we do allow proper nouns to take the determiner "the". This allows things like

   The Emir of Kuwait died.
   The Supreme Soviet met today.
but not
   *I have known many Kuwaits.
   *We need a Soviet.
Other uses of determiners with proper nouns are allowed with cost 2; see "D: Determiners with Proper Nouns".

DG is used in the construction "The X-er, the Y-er." See "ER". It is also used in certain idiomatic time expressions like "I left the moment I saw him"; see "TT".

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