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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” [on hold]

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 ...
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Why there is no article before words like queen and king? [duplicate]

Why in the following sentences we omit articles (I'm basing on what I've heard in Game of Thrones - episode 1, season 5): You will be queen! You will be king one day! I would say "a king" and "a ...
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a quarter past/to… OR quarter past/to [closed]

Shouldn't there be an article before quarter, when we speak about time? For I think, as quarter is a noun, it should go with the article, but I very often see sentences like “It's quarter to 9”. Is ...
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“A History of Britain”: Why the indefinite article? [duplicate]

There is a movie called A History of Britain. Why is the indefinite article used? I have always thought in such cases the article must be definite because a country's history (or that of anything ...
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(the omission of ) articles in front of dinner/ class?

I read on Purdue OWL names of languages/nationalities, names of sports and names of academic subjects do not require articles. But what are the other situations? To be more specific, I saw the ...
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The usage of article [duplicate]

I want to ask a question of sentence usage. Now assume there are two fruits in a basket, that is, one apple and one banana. Here, I want to describe this scenario by the following sentence: "There ...
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The usage of “got out” and the indefinite article “a” in the sentence “if it got out that they were related to a pair of”

I'm a English learner and I found the following sentence which seemed strange to me when I was reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Chapter one, the American Edition): "if it got out that ...
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Should I use the article in the following sentence? [closed]

Should I use the article in the following sentence? "Demand for apple is increasing" or "The demand for the apple is increasing" or "The demand for apples is increasing"
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Do all nouns need the article? [duplicate]

Do all nouns need the article ?? I am confused about the usage of article. Is there a rule for the usage of article ?
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Journey to hell and journey to the hell [closed]

I'm not a native speaker, so while learning articles came across this example from an English speaker. He just told that natives discern them and one of them sounds "cooler". Could anybody explain, ...
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The tiger VS. tigers [closed]

Using just 'species' (for the sake of simplicity and consistency), the author's judgments can be summarized as follows: • (39a) the species of the tiger = (marginally) OK • (39b) the species of ...
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What's the rule behind the use of the articles to refer to something in general? [closed]

I'm very confused about the use of English articles in generalisations with singular countable nouns. I read in a grammar book that in case of the word 'man' - the rule is that, if you want to say ...
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omitted or not for “the number of ”

I don't know if the word "number" before "bananas" of the following sentence could be omitted? "The number of apples is 8 and bananas is 3" or "The number of apples is 8 and the number of bananas is ...
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Article usage in “with + (a/an) + adjective + noun” [closed]

What is the best formulation, and eventually what are the differences, between: This task can be done without a human annotation. This task can be done without    human annotation.
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Is “are an” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

When I first learn about the present form of 'be', I was told that: Use 'are' with plural noun. And when I first studies articles, I was told that: Use 'a' / 'an' with single noun. So I ...
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Usage of preposition 'in'

Which is the correct form of the following caption for a photo: Night beauty in St Petersburg St Petersburg night beauty Or does the right sentence have to be "A night beauty in St ...
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Genitive: with or without “the” [closed]

I would like to know which variant is correct: "Decimal expansion of the first generalized Euler's constant" "Decimal expansion of first generalized Euler's constant" "Decimal expansion of the ...
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in a green shirt, in green shirt, with a green shirt or with green shirt? [closed]

Suppose you want to describe a stranger in the distance to a friend standing next to you. The stranger wears a green shirt. Which is the best way to describe her? Look at that girl in a green ...
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Is 'the' necessary when a noun is explained in a same sentence? [duplicate]

I know that definite article is used when a noun is already known in the context. But I'm not sure with the usage of definite article when I described something explicitly but it hasn't been ...
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How to use articles with 'positions'?

Lets's say we have a simple sentence about a fact that always (almost) applies, such as: 'Birds make their nests on the trees'. There is no article before 'Birds' as it is a generalisation. What ...
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A user vs the user - the 2nd is more common? why? [closed]

Why do we use "the" with "user" and not "a", even through we're not talking about a particular user, but about any user? For example: When the user comes to the home page, they should see this link. ...
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“Analysis of…” or “An analysis of…” - how should I start a title of an academic paper? [closed]

I'm writing an academic essay and I'm wondering whether I should start like "An analysis of sorting algorithms" or "Analysis of sorting algorithms", the question is about the article "an" versus no ...
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Is it correct to say “a new” or “the new”? [closed]

That's the whole question. Example: I'm creating a new version of the program Is there a set of rules one should follow? Thank you!