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Please help me have an explanation to this quote

I've been reading the book Night by Elie Wiesel, but I'm confused by this quote: The days were like nights, and the nights left the dregs of their darkness in our souls. Any help explaining ...
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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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Countable singular nouns not preceded by any articles in some circumstances, What could be the reasons?

Occasionally, It can be noticed that even countable singular nouns are not preceded by any articles, especially for book or article titles or song names, What could be the reason for writers to ignore ...
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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) ...
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Articles before possession clause (smb's) [migrated]

To express meanings “The car of Tom” and “One of the cars of Tom”, which articles do I put before “Tom’s car”? And in general, which word an article before smb’s smth belongs to? Is it smb or smth?
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Definite article with abstract nouns [duplicate]

Is there a way one can determine whether to use the definite article before an abstract noun? For example: little room for imagination such concepts as subjectivity and imagination the ...
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Why do definite articles seem implicit in English?

I was thinking about the translation for "life" (as in everyday living) in french which translates "vie". However, in spoken language you would always refer to "la vie" in french and never to "the ...
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Article: countable nounmin [migrated]

My elder child name is Julie. Jule is nice, charming and naughty girl. My question is as girl is countable noun but i have not written any article and i try to use girl as a mass noun. Is above ...
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Is it “give a credit for” or “give credit for”?

My first language does not have articles, and I am really struggling to understand why people sometimes use them and sometimes do not. I understand general rule that "the" means one specific thing and ...
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Why is the indefinite article used in “as a last resort”?

Someone asked me this question today and I didn't really know how to answer the question. When something is last, the definite article should precede it because there's only one last place.
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Using “the” before name equations/theory like “The Maxwell's Equation”, “The Archimedes Principle” etc

Is it correct to use "the" before name equations like "The Maxwell's Equation", "The Archimedes Principle", "The Kolmogorov Equation" etc. Even though "the" refers to the equation/principle, it ...
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Using Articles on Introducing a Person

While learning English, I often found myself embarrassed in the erratic usage of English articles. Would you mind if I ask a question about it? When we're introducing a person in an article, which ...
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A customer, customers or customer

Can anyone explain to me when to use 'a customer', 'customers' or 'customer'? For example, which of the following is the most appropriate? If customers have a problem, as a customer ...
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What is the correct use of ie as in 'that is' and how is it written, capitals or small and with a colon?

What is the correct use of ie as in 'that is' and how is it written, capitals or small and with or without a colon or semi colon? Thanks
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articles::question [migrated]

On sundays he makes pizza. Sometime he fries chicken or fixes Chinese food. My mother watches and helps. She cuts the vegetables. She tosses the salad. Please explain why there is no article before ...
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Why is the indefinite article used in: “like a challenge”

source: 60-Second Adventures in Thought (Open University) How could a humble tortoise beat the legendary Greek hero Achilles in a race? The Greek philosopher Zeno liked a challenge and came up ...
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Articles: “a” or “the” with “second assumption”?

I wonder if I have to use a, or the when I introduce two assumptions in an academic paper. For example, in an introduction section of an article it tells us that there are two assumptions that the ...
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Use of word “the” with “based on” and “noun + of + noun”

In the phrase: "based on the conversion process of modal distances", I understand that it is not necessary to use "the" after "based on", but also that it is usual to put "the" before the ...
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The definite article “the” and known information [migrated]

As one of the rules of article usage, "the" is put before a noun or a noun phrase to indicate information known to the writer and the reader, so is "the" necessary to indicate old information or is it ...
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“Has a value of” vs. “has the value of”

The basic problem The following types of expressions are ubiquitous, especially (but not only) in scientific and technical literature; note the indefinite article in the construction "...has/with a ...
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'An FBI agent' or 'A FBI agent' [duplicate]

Whats the correct article rule for acronyms that start with M (em) or F (ef)? Since they all start with the sound of a vowel, should they be preceded by an 'an'? I find mixed usages on the internet.
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Is it correct to use 'an' before subject 'organizational setting.'? [duplicate]

I get confused with these kind of sentences. Ex. an organizational setting, an environmental problem, an Indian citizen, an amorphous structure, etc.
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Why no determiner before either 'lunatic' or 'knight' in “He's more lunatic than he is knight”

In the Norton Critical Edition of Don Quijote, ably translated by Burton Raffel, there is a passage in which Sancho Panza is talking about the titular character and he says ...while I am thinking ...
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Why we say Happy New Year without an article “a”, but we say “I wish you a Happy New Year” using the article?

I was wondering if there is any rule in English that forbids us to say A Happy New Year when we wish someone Happy New Year? I know that we just say it like that, but I was trying to find the rule ...
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“In the beach” vs. “In beach” [closed]

What are the differences between the following sentences? If I wanted to talk about the beach in general, which would be more appropriate? I love playing in beaches I love playing in beach. ...
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the definite article with inventions [duplicate]

Do we always use the definite article with inventions? The paper and the gunpowder were invented in China. (an example from my student's book). Paper and gunpowder were invented in China. (I've seen ...
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Article in “A George Lukas film” and its absence in “John's brother” [duplicate]

I'm sure about the 1st sentence, since I always see it at the opening credits of almost every film (a somebody's film). But I'm not sure about the 2nd one, just it doesn't even look correct if I ...
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A more / the more [duplicate]

When we should use a more and when the more? Fred always says dogs make the best pets. But between his cat and his dog, his cat is the more loyal of the two. The book is called "A More ...
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Definite article and ranking adjectives

I'm trying to systematize the use of 'the' with ranking adjectives like 'next', 'following', 'third', etc. What I know is usually ranking adjective is used with the: I will pay the next time we ...
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“Bring to a boil” vs. “bring to the boil”

Which is grammatically correct? Are both valid? Is it perhaps regional? Bringing something to a boil. Bringing something to the boil. I've always heard and said it "a boil" until I heard the cooks ...
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(in)correct article

I would appreciate if someone could help me determine whether or not the article used in the sentence below is correct. CAPSLOCK = DOUBTS We use mobile phones every day, but very few of us wonder how ...
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Using “the” in certain situations if you haven't referred to the object before in a conversation

I have difficulties with using "the" in certain situations. For example, which one is correct? "I was lying on the couch the whole day" or "I was lying on couch the whole day"? More general ...
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Omission of the indefinite article to eliminate ambiguity

love between husband and wife What is the reason that there is no article (e.g. "love between a husband and a wife") in the above? Has some kind of a rule been identified grammatically when it ...
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Trends in the US or trends in US? [duplicate]

Which of these two sentences are correct: Space-time Trends in the U.S. Meteorological Droughts, or Space-time Trends in U.S. Meteorological Droughts I know before the country name U.S. I should ...
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Is the use of the indefinite article possible in the sentence context?

Is the use of the indefinite article below possible in this context? In the out-of-court settlement, the drug makers virtually admitted that they were responsible for the spread of a fatal ...
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My favourite animal is a dog, the dog or dog

I consider myself a pretty advanced English teacher and user. Nonetheless, I've recently found myself in a pretty difficult spot trying to explain which of the following sentences is correct: My ...
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Usage of Articles

I found this line on official Apple support page. Click the Launchpad icon in the Dock, hold down an app’s icon until all the icons begin to jiggle, then click an app’s delete button . Don't ...
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Using “a/an” twice describing “one person”

Is it grammatically correct to use an indefinite article "a" twice in the following sentence: Sean is a coward and a psychopath. There is a previous question about a definite article the, "Is it ...
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Why don't we say “in bathroom”? [closed]

As shown in this answer, English speakers will often drop the article when referring to using a place for its intended use. For example: He went to school/work/church/(also in BrE: hospital). ...
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Any article is required before [new] if following noun is singular?

When s is omitted from following line, New Kids On The Block Any article(definite/indefinite) is required? A New Kid On The Block
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What is the best adjective to describe a well received product (movie, book) [closed]

Often I read about "under-appreciated" books. Being an author myself, I am putting together my resume in English and I am unsure what word to use to describe a book that has had positive reviews and ...
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Are data structures countable or uncountable nouns?

For example what would be the correct answers to this article quiz? Why is nil/a/the priority queue implemented with nil/a/the heap ordered binary tree faster than nil/a/the sorted array ...
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What is the word/rule for nouns that don't require articles?

For instance, you can correctly say "I want bread." That isn't wrong the same way "I want phone" is wrong. This seems to apply to most foods, but I can't figure out what the rule is. I want fish. ...
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The light's path or light's path? Can I use articles with apostrophes?

I've been told that "The Dirac's equation" is not grammatically acceptable. The correct should be "Dirac's equation" or "The Dirac equation". I'm wondering if this has something to do with Dirac ...
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Singular/plural article for genitive noun [duplicate]

When we have a sentence like I can identify with a company's products Does the plural form of the "a" depend on the "company's" or on the "products"? The latter would mean that it had to be a ...
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Is “A Spanish Learning Grammar” grammatical?

My friend and I are talking about his renewed interest in Spanish and he is using a book called "A Spanish Learning Grammar"? I assume this is grammatical since its the title of a published book on ...
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“A usage” vs “An usage” [duplicate]

I believe "an usage" is gramatically correct but "a usage" sounds way better. Are there cases in which "a usage" is allowed I'm not aware of?
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What article should be used at the beginning of the sentence about an object unknown to others?

I've started to write some story and at the beginning of that I'm faced with an issue. I'm not clear understanding what the article (the definite article or indefinite one) should be used when my ...