That's a great question, Joan. Smile

Art class is being used as the name of this course, and we don't normally use the definite article with names. That's why I wouldn't say "the Joan," at least not in this context. The names for all basic classes are without the definite article: history, geography, typing, art, ceramics, math, etc.

By the way, in your example art classes, notice that classes can be singular or plural, but not art since it's the descriptive element of this noun adjunct.

Richard

Richard
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The names for all basic classes are without the definite article

Dear Richard:
So you mean either the indefinite article or the plural countable noun is also possible version of my
example?Like these:
Do you have an art class today?
Do you have art classes today?
Even though it's more common simply to say Class is over, Joan, it's okay to say The class is over, too.

By the way, your example needs to be tweaked. You can write it one of two ways.

  • as two sentences: We can leave now. Class is over.

    OR

  • as one sentence, but with a semi-colon, not a comma: We can leave now; class is over.
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