[Neuroscience] Re: articles before brain terminology

J.A.Legris via neur-sci%40net.bio.net (by jalegris from sympatico.ca)
Sat Dec 8 22:48:19 EST 2007

On Dec 7, 12:42 pm, "Zhicheng Lin" <zhicheng... from gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I sometimes find it confusing whether to add "the" before brain terminology.
> For example, people usually use "the amygdala", " the *superior colliculus*",
> but its less clear as to say "primary visual cortex" or "the primary visual
> cortex" (I find that both are used). Any idea on this issue? Many thanks.
> Zhicheng Lin

It all depends on whether you are using the terms as "count nouns" or
"mass nouns" and it can be quite subtle.


For example, as mass nouns your might say "Cortex [amygdala] was
observed" meaning some amount (not countable, although possibly
measurable). As count nouns you might say "The cortex [amygdala] was
observed" meaning a countable number (e.g. just one).


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