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which is correct “in section” or “in the section”?

When we write a text and we mention about sections which one is correct? - "You can find smth in section 2 of the text" or "in the section 2" and why? should we rather use "you can find smth in the ...
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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? [on hold]

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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A people - is it correct? [migrated]

Puls Biznesu reported that the idea of the book was to give a people an opportunity to communicate abroad in a universal language - pictures. Is it right to place the indefinite article "a" before ...
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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". ...
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The absence of an article in “it's always been challenge” [closed]

Is it actually grammatical to do without an article before "challenge" here: A road, it's always been challenge That's what can bring you a lot of grieve.
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Why is it “Hungry Like THE Wolf”? [duplicate]

In the Duran Duran song "Hungry Like the Wolf", the definite article "the" is used instead of the indefinite article "a". Aside from artistic liberty, is there a reason this is done? What does "the ...
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Omission of articles

I came across this sentence: The function changes the size, position, and Z order of a child, pop-up, or top-level window. I would write it this way: The function changes the size, the position, and ...
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Is it “Click option Yes; Click button Proceed or ”Click the option Yes; Click the button Proceed"

It's clear that we need an article in cases like these: Click the X option, Click the Y button. But do you write an article in cases where the proper noun follows the regular noun: Click **the** ...
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Usage of indefinite articles in a sentence

Should we use articles highlighted in bold in the sentence below? A video, that not only engages but also impresses target audience with a unique story, worldwide achievements, touching ...
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Usage of articles in a paragraph [closed]

If I will repeat some noun in this way: I'm publishing our project. A project, which restores company's credibility. A project which shows... Should the second "project" has an article the? Or ...
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using article with the word Internet [duplicate]

When should I use the definite article with the word Internet and when omit the article? For example, "Before social media, Internet was a one-way channel where people could read content but not ...
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the + consoles/devices

Doing some research, I have detected that: Articles are set in devices or consoles. The iPhone5 / The Xbox One However, the brand of these products does not have any article. iPhone / Xbox ...
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about the usage of “the” before a possession construction [duplicate]

There are examples I took from Murphy's English Grammar in Use, Unit 81B the Carters' house Mr and Mrs Carter's house I couldn't understand why the latter goes like that and not like "the Mr and ...
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Can you use “a” before “1/4” when there is no unit following?

I know you can say things like "a 1/4 inch hole" and similar, where the article belongs to the noun and not to the quarter. A colleague of mine is about to publish something like "a 1/4 of the people ...
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Is “Dumb thing's broken” grammatically correct?

I'm studying English watching Big Hero 6. The movie script has a line "Dumb thing's broken." (Hiro's line) My question is that if it's grammatically correct. As far as I know, the noun 'thing' is ...
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“A novel” or “the novel” in various contexts

Why should I use the in the first case and a in the second? The novel is the most popular form of fiction. A novel is a long narrative. My thoughts: For the first case I could think of the rule: ...
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Using article / omiting article [closed]

I read news and there was a headline: "3 Brussels police officers wounded during raid related to Paris attacks" Can you say "3 Brussels police officers wounded during a raid related to Paris ...
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Is the plural of 'a friend's book' 'a friend's books' or 'friend's books'? [duplicate]

this question concerns only the INDEFINITE article, I don't care for the definite article or 'of' forms here. In the following construction a friend's book a boy's toy a guy's car Question: do you ...
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Is there a solid reference/rule on when not to put article after 'of'

I have not found any articles or documentation on this, the only thing close to it is this Zero article after "of" in "a change of place" thread which only has a single answer ...
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The people vs people [duplicate]

The most important assets are people vs are the people Could you help, please
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Article usage in technical texts: a unique and other cases

Sometimes I write technical texts and wonder which article I should use before adjectives like unique, so-called and given, as English is a foreign language for me. For example, why it is there is ...
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What are the different senses of “a”? [closed]

Suppose we know that "terrorism is a serious crime". And that "you have to report terrorism". Can we say that "you have to report a serious crime"? I think that the bulleted statement is true. ...
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Indefinite or definite: a name or the name

It's odd that I actually knew a girl of that name--(a / the) name that couldn't have been any sweeter. I'm confused to choose which article I should use here because they both sound kind of fine ...
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Omitting articles in nouns - prepositions; after; to; before; from

Why is the indefinite article omitted here? Could it be the definite article, but omitted? Like in the following case in an instruction: Grasp drumstick. Place knife between thigh and body; cut ...
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The a/an/the article issue in different contextes

I would be happy to get some confirmation whether I understand the use of the articles correctly in my sentences: Case: sentence: I heard you've got a beautiful house. context: I haven't seen the ...
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Do “mens rea” and “actus reus” need an article?

In criminal cases, there exists two elements: a guilty mind (mens rea) and a guilty act (actus reus). Do these two Latin terms require a preceding article, and which would it be (definite/indefinite)? ...
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Should I use “an” or “the”? [duplicate]

The question is to fill in the blanks with an appropriate article : It is paradoxical that .......... average consumer cannot decide which technology will offer him the highest standards of water ...
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Article 'a' or 'the' [closed]

Is it wrong to say "I work at a hospital" if I mean that I work in a specific hospital unknown to the person I am talking to? How is it different from the more common "I work at the hospital"?
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What is the purpose of emphasizing indefine article 'a'? [duplicate]

I often see and hear native speakers emphasizing word a, using intonation and /ei/ pronunciation. I understand what they say and I am able to properly (I guess) use it in my speech. But I wonder why ...
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What is the difference between This is a letter or this is the letter [duplicate]

Which is the correct one: This is a letter from my friend who lives in Paris or This is the letter from my friend who lives in Paris
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Article 'a' before the word starting from a vowel

I've always been thinking that in English we use 'an' before the words starting from a vowel, for example "an apple", "an attitude" and so on (except the rule about 'u' sound 'a university" and so ...
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Two questions about using several “THE” in a single sentence [duplicate]

I have two questions about using "several THE" is a single sentence. Q1) Which one of THE following sentences are true (probably none of them)? a) THE value of maximum deflection based on THE ...
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What is the practice of dropping words from sentences? [duplicate]

Most instructions for equipment and software make a habit of shortening sentences by dropping words of certain parts of speech - usually definite and indefinite articles. For example: PULL (THE) ...