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Not all languages have a definite article—Latin and Turkish do not, for example. In English, the definite article is the word the. Since the may be part of a proper noun, a proofreader needs to be vigilant. Imagine a story with a place called The Puce Lizard Bar and Grill. Since the is part of the name itself, it always needs to be capitalized.

1. The miners went to The Puce Lizard Bar and Grill.
2. A really bad smell was coming from The Puce Lizard Bar and Grill.
3. The Puce Lizard Bar and Grill is a certified dump.

  We all know that the first word of any sentence is capitalized. So, the third sentence above by itself can’t tell you whether the desired name is The Puce Lizard Bar and Grill or simply Puce Lizard Bar and Grill. A proofreader needs to keep track of the role of The and the in every proper noun being used in a manuscript. Any ambiguous case deserves an email of clarification to the author or editor.