Why do I alphabetize movies that begin with “A” (as in “A Beautiful Mind”) in the “A”s? Because unlike “The”, “A” is a powerful word.*
Both of these terms are grammatically correct:
In the above examples, the word “The” is nearly superfluous, because the power is in the word that comes AFTER “The”. Therefore any movies that begin with “The” are filed under the word that follows “The”.
Then consider this:
If “A” was as superflous as “The”, then both of those terms would be gramatically correct. But one of them is not correct (“A Houses”) because the power lies in the “A”, and the word that follows “A” must agree with the condition that “A” set down.
Therefore, I feel comfortable filing movies that begin with “A”, such as “A Beautiful Mind”, under “A”.
Oh yes, I blog about simple things.
*I’ve been out of school too long to remember what exactly “The” and “A” are called. I am sure words such as this have a name.