Reply to "Article usage in "X wrote a book entitled XYZ.""

Alexey86 posted:

What about the "conclusion" example? Why does it differ from the "book/song" example in terms of article usage? The "that..." part is added afterwards as well, but it makes the conclusion definite. Why doesn't the "entitled/called..." addition do the same?

I find it hard to find a parallel between both examples. The only similarity might be that in both cases what follows specifies the noun, but in the case of "book" what follows is a modifier, while in the case of "conclusion" what follows is a complement.

Anyway, "that"-clauses functioning in apposition to abstract nouns always (or almost always, just in case there appears an exception ) follow nouns with a definite article:

- the conclusion that the new year would be better ...
the idea that the new year would be better ...
- the suggestion that the new year would be better ...

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