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Question about “the” article [duplicate]

Which one of each is correct? A1 - He asked a simple question about the use of articles. vs A2 - He asked a simple question about use of articles. B1 - All universities in Vancouver are amazing. ...
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“A” before an adjective and an uncountable noun [on hold]

Are there any cases when I need to use a/an before an adjective and an uncountable noun? For example, This is uncountable_noun_1_is_here. This is a an_adjective_is_here uncountable_noun_1_is_here. ...
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Why is liquid a countable noun?

I read this sentence in a description to a podcast from https://www.eslpod.com/website/index_new.html Batter, “batter,” when we talk about cooking is a liquid, made usually with eggs, and ...
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Difference between “one of the states” and “the one of states”

I have a question about the following: Texas is only one of the states that still have sizable wheat production. Texas is the only one of states that still has sizable wheat production. I want ...
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“In the case of” or “In case of”

I am wondering whether "in the case of" is a correct expression. I know "in case of" can be used, for example "In case of an emergency" but when would be appropriate to use "in the case of" as long as ...
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article - the or a? [duplicate]

The US is usually associated with the bald eagle and the bison. or The US is usually associated with a bald eagle and a bison. I suppose the first sentence is much better(?) But can the second be ...
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Is “fish” starting to be treated as countable? [on hold]

Recently, I've passed through a phrase "a fish" in several serious contemporary books on international politics. Is "fish" coming to be used as countable?
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Din - with or without an article

I want to ask about an article. "Cars are going back and forward with (a?) din (noise)" Should "din" have an article? I don't concretize it and perceive the word as a concept, that is I don't pay ...
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Little boy or That little boy

I recently saw this sentence: Best wishes for little kid which I think she should put a determiner or an article before little kid, E.g: Best wishes for my little kid or Best wishes for that little ...
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What's the difference between “in the room” and “in room”? [closed]

I usually tend to tell i'm in the room. But i get confused when i get doubts with respect to what to use between "in the room" and "in room" for the formation of error free sentence.
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In the given sentence, is the article ''an'' needed or not?

A computer is both a useful and an essential device.
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A journey from Yekaterinburg to Moscow takes 28 hours by train - or “the journey” - or “journeys”?

Could we use all three following sentences to refer generically to a "typical journey": The journey from Yekaterinburg to Moscow takes 28 hours by train. A journey from Yekaterinburg to Moscow ...
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repetition of articles

Let's say you have three nouns separated by "or" or "and", and all three are always used together and have the same attibutive noun : Example: market force, market strategy and market segmentation ...
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“an alarm” vs “the alarm” [closed]

Which ones correct ? All the guests on the boat got frightened when they heard an alarm. (or) All the guests on the boat got frightened when they heard the alarm. I expect the second sentence to ...
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Use of articles with adj.+country name

Often in writings, I see use of the articles "a", the" with country names preceded by adjectives: a strong China, a friendly Cyprus, the rich Paraguay, etc. What rule is that?
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Should I use “the” before “checkout”?

I currently develop an e-commerce website. I got confused about this sentence: use coupon code at checkout use coupon code at the checkout Which should I use? Is "the" neccessary?
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What is the difference between 'in the bed' and 'in bed'?

I really don't know the detail meaning between 'in the bed' and 'in bed' I think that generally 'countable noun' has 'article' like 'a/an' or 'the' But I can find the sentence like 'I usually read ...
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To the school vs to school [closed]

As I know, I go to school every day,(because I am a pupil) I went to the school yesterday to meet my first teacher. But: what if I work there? I go to school or I go to the school.
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A and an usage and difference [closed]

This is an excerpt from newspaper. Without a overhang of heavy handed security. Why does the author use a and not an?
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How to call the first 20 banks of some rating

If we consider banks that are in the first 20 of a rating, what do we call these banks in short? I suppose we can call them "TOP-20 banks". I need this phrase in the sentence. The assets of ...
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Second 'the' in the 'The Age of the Cathedrals' song title [closed]

Why does the famous song 'The Age of the Cathedrals' from the Notre-Dame de Paris musical have the second article 'the'? Shouldn't it be titled 'The Age of Cathedrals'?
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(The) TIF is (the) IRT analog of (the) CTS theory. To use or not to use definite articles?

I have no clue whether to use "the" or not in such academic examples. Is there a definite correct choice for these sentences? (the) TIF is (the) IRT analog of (the) CTS theory. It depends on the ...
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What is the proper usage of the article “a” when a pronoun begins with “the”?

I believe I am stuck with only these two options, but would appreciate an alternative usage. I am somewhat limited on sentence structure as this application is part of a mail merge document. The ...
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Should I use “the” before “…same… ” in this sentence?

Which one of these sentences is correct? Different instances of a class have different values for the instance variables of the class, but the values of the static variables are same for every ...
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…in (the) university?

I believe the following to be correct: What did you do in university? My student, however, asked me why it has no 'the'. I thought I had better ask folks here for the answer.
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Question on use of either/either the and both/both the

As a second-language learner of English, I have been encountering many English expressions that I cannot grasp intuitively, but could find the most sound answers to some of my questions. However, I ...
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How do I know which article to use before a noun specified by a relative clause?

How can I explain the usage of the indefinite article in the following sentences? Thanksgiving is a day when we celebrate the harvest. New Year' Eve is a night when I have fun with my ...
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The article before “adjective + person's name”

I am trying to write this sentence, but cannot decide if I should use a or the here: It would be minutes before [a/the] slightly agitated Mrs. Smith finally finds him in the crowd. If the ...
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Should articles follow “the … of” phrase [closed]

Which one is the proper form: The chapter of a book. or: The chapter of book. What are the rules and exceptions for skipping an article after "of" ?
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Does “Magna Carta” require an article?

I have seen (the) Magna Carta referred to both with and without an article, a distinction that doesn't seem to have any relation to nationality (i.e. I've seen British sources and American sources ...
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I need a list of geographical places where the article “THE” is used [duplicate]

I need a list of places where the article "THE" is used For example: The USA but not "the" India" Why does one country have the article the and the other not?
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what article should go before specific games?

I came across an article in the below link about general and specific nouns General and specific Nouns My question is which article (grammar article) should go before these general, more specific, ...
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Pronunciation of a (article) /ə/ vs /eɪ/ [duplicate]

When to use the weak form /ə/ and when to use the weak form /eɪ/ of the article "a"? I figure if I would emphasize anything I wouldn't emphasize an article like "a", but rather, the noun (phrase) ...
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Why is it: “A Unicorn” [duplicate]

Why is it a unicorn instead of an unicorn. Unicorn starts with a vowel and so shouldn't it be an?
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Can I use both “a/an” and “the” to point out same thing? [closed]

How can I use the indefinite article "a/an" to point out something and, to accomplish the same thing, use the definite article "the"?
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Relevancy of article a in this example [duplicate]

When a new love blossoms, journey of life begins. In this sentence using the article 'a' is correct or wrong and why?
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Was or Were in a list of three [closed]

A man, a woman and a dog were in the park. or A man, a woman and a dog was in the park. ...and what's the rule please? Also, is there a difference if we write A man, woman and dog ...
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Using the words sunset and dawn

which of these phrases is correct? his practice ends before the dawn/sunset of a day in June or his practice ends before dawn/sunset on a day in June
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On page seven vs. on [a/the] page seven [closed]

Do I need to place an article in a phrase like: You could find it on [a/the] page seven. What is the corresponding grammar rule? Thank you in advance
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Article before “two” with intervening adjective?

Consider the following sentence: (1) The project will include Alice, Bob, and an expected two new hires. This sounds correct to me; it means we are expecting to hire two new people and will put ...
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Article 'a' in a sentence twice [closed]

Please help me about this sentence: Friday local time, sending a dense a black cloud as high as 9,000 meters and a flow of hot gases and rock down the mountainside into the ocean. Why is the ...
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Use of the definite article with combinations noun+number when the number includes letters

I know that the definite article is not used with combinations noun + number, such as "Room 250" or "Platform 10", but what if the number contains also letters? For example: On 6 June [the] ...
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Is “education” a count noun?

I'm getting confused about these two sentences: The government should provide education to its citizens. She has received a great education since high school. I think education is an ...
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When to use “the” and when not? [duplicate]

Let's look at these two sentences: People are always looking for a bargain. The people have made their choice. Here come my questions: How can I be sure if I should use "the" or not? Are there ...
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Client or the client?

I am a programmer working on a solution composed of a service and a client application which will use it. There will be only the one dedicated application to work with the service. In our ...
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“Moments of best friends” or “Moments with best friends” [closed]

Best moments of best friends. I wanted to name a picture with this which was taken with my friends. Or will it be more correct if I say Best moments with best friends. And this sentence: ...
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Using “the” in a compound subject

The Software Engineers and the Electrical Engineers will work together in the project. The Software Engineers and Electrical Engineers will work together in the project. Which of these ...
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use of article a before pain

I have a doubt of using article a before pain.As pain is not countable there should not use article a but mostly book used article "a".can any one explain why?
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When to use 'al' in front of 'Qaeda'?

I've noticed over the years that certain publications use 'al' in front of 'Qaeda' in certain situations, and others do not. From the little I know, I understand that 'al' is the definite article in ...
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Why “be king”, not “be a king”? [duplicate]

I've heard people say "be king" (as in "I can't wait to be king") in movies and TV. Why don't they say "be a king"? Which is correct?