How can you use Magna Carta in a sentence?


Though technically a proper noun referring to a single document, the term "Magna Carta" can either be referred to with or without the article "The" preceding it. Both forms are grammatically correct, but in either case the name of the document must be capitalized.

"Magna Carta," which is Latin and means "The Great Charter," does not necessarily require an article in order to be correctly used in a sentence, as the article itself is a part of the direct translation from its original Latin name. The document itself was a pivotal part of world history, and British history specifically. Though the tenants were only applied for 10 weeks, it presented a number of key points that live on today in many democratic governments. The freedom of the church from secular laws, the specific rights of landowners and several other policies made it the inspiration even for the American Constitution. While these policies may not have seen long-term use in their original application, they went on to become the foundation modern government. Indeed, England itself later employed many of the same concepts when it was reinvented in its current style of government, which is a far cry from the monarchy of the 13th century.

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