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Why is the indefinite article inappropriate in time constructions?

Why is the indefinite article inappropriate in time-telling constructions with the word half, like the following: It's half past five. But It's a half past five. sounds extremely odd. Why ...
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Next week, in the next week, for the next week

I have an easy question about the usage of the expression: next week / month/ year. What is the difference between these three sentences? I'll probably go the mountains next week. I'll be on ...
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Definite article with numbered nouns

I often encounter a problem with adding "the" or not. I had a proofreading teacher last year that gave us a concrete example as follows: Cows eat grass = Cows, in general, eat grass The Cows ...
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Difference in pronunciation of “a team” and “A team”?

I noticed that I pronounce the A differently based on the intended meaning: I belong to the A-team. (like ey in they) and I belong to a team. (like a in apple) Are the pronunciations ...
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How to use the word “mainstream” in a sentence

Should we use "the" before the word "mainstream"? I have found some sentences on the internet and not sure if they are right and if they right then not sure why they are right without the word "the." ...
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Oversight or the oversight

Totally confused on the need for an article in front of "oversight". Google gives examples of all the different variations. Would appreciate help choosing the right one from the below. A. Operated ...
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article usage with singular nouns [migrated]

Do I have to use a/an articles before singular nouns, always or can I eliminate them? Is this true? I saw dog yesterday.
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I'm having a question OR I'm having one question - Which sounds better? [closed]

Can anyone please tell me, what would be a nicer way to ask a single question to a project manager or a team leader? I'm having a question OR I'm having one question. Which one is preferable?
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“All crocodiles in the Universe are green” or “All the crocodiles in the Universe are green”?

On the one hand, I know by experience that the first sentence is more frequent. But, on the other hand, I don't quite understand why. The objects under consideration are fixed uniquely. The naive ...
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Do I need to add an “a” before the noun “support” if it has an adjective before it?

Which of these is the right title for my scientific paper? Proactive support for XXX or A proactive support for XXX
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Correct title “Discovery, Localization, and Recovery from Faults”

I have a title for my Article. It is "Discovery, Localization, and Recovery from faults" I would like to know whether it is grammatically correct or not. The article discusses about some faults or ...
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Use of articles in lists

I'd like to know if I can omit the definite article when I'm giving some sort of a list, like in this example: The company's reputation increases in the following cases: Interest on the ...
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“In thrall to” vs “in the thrall of”

If you are in thrall to someone or something, or in the thrall of someone or something, he, she, or it has a lot of power to control you. Cambridge Dictionary Why "in thrall to" but "in the thrall ...
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Using article 'The' in Noun + Prep + Noun pattern

I have a doubt of using the article (the) in the following context. Please tell me which version of the following two sentences is correct?. 1. A child pulled out **the** grass in the park near ...
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Why indefinite article with “imagination”? [duplicate]

Imagination can't be counted. But I have seen some people using the indefinite article in front of imagination. For example, "Everyone has an imagination." What makes that correct, grammatically?
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using the or a wrong formula [migrated]

I'm trying to conceive the difference between the use of a definite article and an indefinite article here. You are using a wrong formula (for the math problem). You are using the wrong formula (for ...
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Definite article or not [migrated]

I have a very quick question. I can't understand whether I should us the definite article with the verb "process" or not. Context 1: I'm at work and I'm talking to my colleague about what he is doing ...
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This book is the property of

I have hard time understanding why in this phrase, property is preceded with a definite article. As this book is one of many properties, the indefinite article sounds more natural, to me. Of course, ...
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“a” vs “an” preceding “LHS” and “RHS” [duplicate]

If in the context of a technical document in prose, "LHS" is used as a shorthand for "left-hand-side" and "RHS" is used as a shorthand for "right-hand-side" should these abbreviations be preceded by "...
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Should I put articles in the headlines of a CV? [closed]

For example, here: My contribution: Front-end development. (The) Project: Our team realized the most popular news resource for a big city.
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Publication title with “the” or without [duplicate]

I'm currently struggling which of the following two versions (I anononymized them) is the correct grammatical form for the title of a publication: Evaluating Safety, Cleverness and Fastness of ...
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Definite Article with Prepositional Phrases

I am trying to learn how to correctly use articles in English. It is a bit hard for me since I do not have this concept in my native language. I am confused by two rules: the first rule is to use "a"...
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“part of” vs. “a part of”

Under the followng examples, are there differences of meaning or usage of "part of" and "a part of "? a) Three NYPD officers arrested as part of federal municipal corruption probe. b) Survivor said “...
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Which is correct: Muhammad Ali died in hospital VS died in a hospital?

Muhammad Ali died in hospital in Arizona, Watching NHK World News, I found the above sentence lacking "a" (article) before "hospital". Is this correct or should the indefinite article, "a", be ...
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Can I use “this” instead of “the” in the given example?

I had an English exam today and there was this question: "The settlers moved onto the Indians' land, and while ____ two groups sometimes got along, they fought when food became scarce. a) the b) a c) ...
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Use of “a” between adjectives and noun?

I am an easygoing, determined and (a?) fun loving person. I am an easygoing and (a?) determined person. What if we omit the a in the first sentence? Does it become incorrect? And what if we ...
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Hypothesis three or the hypthesis three

When we point to something by its number should we use the? e.g., when we want to point to the third hypothesis, should we use "then we validate hypothesis three" or "then we validate the hypothesis ...
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Choosing between “A” or “The”

I recently posted a picture on my facebook showing an image of a wallet with a married couple photograph in it. The image itself already had a funny caption. I added my own caption for the picture ...
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“I would like to express a big congratulations…” Why ‘a’ before the plural form?

At school I was taught that before the plural form we don't use the articles a and an. So why do people use a before big congratulations? Examples: A Big Congratulations to Dr. Wei Cheng on His ...
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When gravitational waves were proven, we soon solved the last remaining questions “on”/“of” teleportation?

Which one is correct? "On teleportation" or "of teleportation". Obviously I want to say that teleportation is (since gravitational waves were proven) possible. Or are both solutions wrong? :D Thanks ...
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Articles in a list with an article before

If you have an article in a list (in this case, the), but an article (in this case, a) precedes the list, like so: You can power a command block by using a: button lever redstone torch ...
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A + plural? Please help [duplicate]

I have come across this sentence in a CNN report. "We can't smell them because we have a measly five million sensors in our noses, but dogs have up to 300 million sensors in their noses." "...a ...
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definite article or not? [closed]

Does one say: "500 bags were stored inside container number MSCU 849817-5" or: "500 bags were stored inside the container number MSCU 849817-5" Thanks in advance for your replies and explanations ...
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Use of an with an acronym [duplicate]

Is it correct to write 'an'in the sentence "proud of being 'an' LSRite", where LSR is an acronym?
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Indefinite article with an abstract noun

I can't get how to use indefinite article with an abstract noun. I often see constructions like this one: indefinite article + adjective + abstract noun. I mean are there any rules when to use or not ...
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“cDNA as template for standard PCR” and the preposition “as”

This question may be a tad technical but I don't know where better to ask it, so here goes. All dictionaries I have say that the word "template" is a countable noun and this is pretty much consistent ...
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Which one is correct: “are (the) buses” vs “is (the) buses”?

This was a question from a test given to our students. The question was "What do you think the best form of transportation is for your city" Most of the students answer in this manner: "I think the ...
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Scientists found VS Scientists Find [duplicate]

I am not a native English speaker and today I came across that article title: "Scientists Find A “Weak Spot” In HIV That May Pave the Way to a Vaccine" So, is "Find" used in the correct tense? ...
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have (a) sequence identity of at least 90%

Would you say the sentence below sounds natural without the indefinite article "a"? The protein must have (a) sequence identity of at least 90% with XXX. Constructions like this usually take "a" ...
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Can a number with a 'th' suffix not have the 'the' prefix?

I am writing a journal article that has statements with a similar structure (The sentences aren't the same but the structure is): I was born on the 7th day of the 11th month. I liked the 3rd and the ...
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Pronouncing the definite article

The definite article is mostly pronounced 'thuh' before a noun beginning with a consonant (thuh chair), and 'thee' in front of a noun beginning with a vowel (thee apple). Question 1: what is the name ...
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Use of 'an' vs 'a' [closed]

I am a little confused around the usage of an vs a I know the basic vowel rule but the following are the usages that confuse me.Can someone please tell which of the following are correct and the ...
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Article usage the vs zero article

In the following sentence: "I am against animal cruelty." Why don't we say the animal cruelty since technically it is a specific type of cruelty - "animal" cruelty. Thanks
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“… multiple of **the** Lebesgue measure.” vs “… multiple of Lebesgue measure.”

I read in mathematical texts the two different versions of the same sentence, depending on the author. Which one is correct? If a measure is translation invariant then it is a multiple of Lebesgue ...
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Where can I ommit “a” and “the” articles? [duplicate]

Should I allways use "a" article, when something is indefinite? And should I allways use "the" article, when something is definite? Where can I ommit these articles?
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Definite article “the” with places/buildings [duplicate]

Could you tell if this is correct? Why sometimes the names of schools, museums and churches have the definite article while the others have not? Kazimierz Wielki Primary School in Przedbórz ...
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Definite/Indefinite articles: “first mention” vs “specific object”

Rules say Use A(AN) when talking about a thing which is new, unknown, or introduced to a listener for the first time. At the same time, they say The definite article is used when the speaker ...
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How does definite article modify a noun?

I have a translation course this term and in it we review the English translation of various texts of eastern civilizations. We were stuck with translation of the opening verse of the Quran. "In the ...
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Definite Article in front of the word 'better' [closed]

Is it wrong to have 'the' in front of the word 'better'? Can someone help me sort this confusion out? Case in point: "Ella is the better of the two sisters" vs "Ella is the best of the two sisters". ...