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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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The “Please retry” message or just “Please retry” message? [closed]

I am not sure what are the rules for using articles in the following cases: When (the) "Please retry" message appears... In (the) Figure A on the first page...
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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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does an article precede a numeral adjective ? [migrated]

I know that we cannot put an article before the plural but, what if there is "one" before a numeral adjective noun phrase ? "a one boy" "one boy" "a one mass grave" "one mass grave"
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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?
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Question on using “the” with “future”

1. ...most intriguing question about the future of wireless communications... 2. What's your view about future of wireless? Is it possible to remove the from the first sentence or add the to the ...
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We should use abbreviation full name with capital first letters in footnote? [closed]

Suppose that I have a abbreviation in a scientific article and using a footnote for full name. Which one is true? Abbreviation (in text): AHS Footnote1: American Healthcare Society Footnote2 : ...
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I have stomach ache vs I have 'a' stomach ache [closed]

I'm confused about this particular sentence, and other ones using ache,I know that 'I have a headache' is correct and works, but it sounds a little weird to me if someone says 'I have a stomachache/a ...
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“The President Obama” or “President Obama”? [closed]

I wonder which of these is right, or are the both expressions right? What do you think?
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Lowercase “moon”, “sun” and “solar system”? [closed]

From a grade school textbook: Good morning, children. I'm an astronomer. I study the stars and the planets. They're amazing! We live on the Earth. The Earth is a planet. It rotates all ...
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Usage of an article in front of the structure “adjective + non countable noun.”

They blamed the accident on shoddy construction. They blamed the accident on a shoddy construction. - Are both of these two sentences correct? I think the usage of an article could be ...
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Is the use of articles after the word 'from' ungrammatical? [closed]

I am uncertain: may we use articles after the word 'from'? I buy apples from a stall. or I buy apples from stall. Which sentence is correct? I have searched for an answer online but ...
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What is the right article a or an for structural engineering? [duplicate]

What is the right article for the below sentence Consultant agrees to execute an structural engineering. Consultant agrees to execute a structural engineering.
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Definite article in Maths: “(the) function f”

Is the definite article correct/necessary in sentences like the following? A line that intersects (the) circle C. We can see that (the) function f has a maximum at x=0. Draw a line past (the) edge E. ...
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What am I doing wrong here?

She says there is singularity problem in the first two parts and missing article in the third one. However I couldn't find them. What am I doing wrong here? "Firstly, more than 10,000 Somalian ...
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The use of the definite article with proper nouns [duplicate]

While accepting the destination argument for roads, why does the same conceit occur with countries? For example The Gambia, The Lebanon or The Argentine.
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Some problems with definite articles

Is there anything good on telly tonight? Why don't we place an article before "telly"? I think it should be "on the telly". He enjoys the beauties of nature in Siberia. Why do we use ...
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Am I free to choose an article in this situation? [closed]

I came across the following sentence in a school textbook. It uses the definite article the with a non-defining relative clause. I think the indefinite article a/an should be used in the following ...
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Does “anathema” need an “an”?

Anathema is a nounRef. And, nouns generally need articles in certain kinds of sentences. Consider: Jane is _______. Then: Jane is a cat. is proper but Jane is cat. (no article) is not proper. ...
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Take to hospital or take to the hospital? [duplicate]

Which is correct: He was taken to hospital? He was taken to the hospital?
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Should I use “the” in a list of multiple subjects? [closed]

Which of these sentences is correct? The assets of the thesis are the parser library, tag library and external database, which can be used in other applications. or The assets of the thesis ...
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Is “the” needed with the word “code” used in a general programming sense?

Basically, me and my colleagues (not native English speakers) had a discussion on whether we need "the" or not in this sentence: Administrative / system passwords shouldn't be used in the code. ...
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Use/non-use of articles before Adjective + Abstract noun

I have confusion regarding use/non-use of articles before adjective + abstract noun. Eg. competent handling, prolonged tread life, enhanced durability Providing COMPETENT HANDLING and PROLONGED TREAD ...
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articles before two adjectives

If we describe a child as friendly and enthusiastic where should we use article?Is it she is a friendly and enthusiastic child or she is friendly and a enthusiastic child,
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“Following” or “The following”?

For a leading sentence before a list of items to be presented in a slide deck what is correct? Following items.... or The following items... Use of word "following" is definitively identifying the ...
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Why do people omit the definite article?

I'm used to always hearing or seeing a definite article before certain nouns. Yet on certain occasions the article is totally omitted, and it bothers me. I'm wondering what the justification for ...