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Conjoiners vs conjunctions vs articles

I've heard that conjoiners (in terms of grammar) are similar to articles. According to sources, articles can be words such as the, an, a, some (in unique cases). Conjunctions can be and, but, as well ...
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How to use articles in parentheses?

Do I need to use an article for the option word in parentheses? If you want to create a new design of a handle (flag), the outer diameter of the casing can be changed in the place of possible ...
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Using determiners with articles

I was studying articles when I came across the following statement: There are other special modifiers called determiners or markers that may appear in front of a noun phrase. Do not use an article ...
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Which article do I use if I'm pointing out an object that both I and the listener know

For example: Upon seeing a cup on my colleague's desk, I say, "you have a very big cup." But the cup is already known to him (it's his and there is only one cup on his desk). Regardless, the above ...
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Use of “contretemps”

According to Oxford Dictionaries, contretemps means "an unexpected and unfortunate occurrence". What is the plural of it, if it exists, and how do I use it in a sentence? Do I say "contretemps ...
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(The/-) measles virus

I have some doubts when it comes to describing viruses causing infectious diseases. I have consulted a couple of very well-written medical reference books, where the authors consistently drop the ...
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Should I Say 'The' before a Place Name?

While talking about a city or a country, in some cases I have seen the article , but in most other cases, it is absent. For example, I have seen The NYC The US The UK but never The London or ...
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Article usage with the word Inspiration, and similar

I'm trying to explain to someone why there's no article in this sentence: I'm always looking for inspiration What is the rule that applies here? And is there a recorded set of similar words that ...
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Use of the “the” article [duplicate]

Can anyone explain why we use the definite article the for the following: The upper classes often go fox hunting. but People in High society often go fox hunting.
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Nominalizations and the missing “the”

This guide equips you with a strategy to ease adoption of a new technology within your organization. Assume that I want to keep this noun (adoption). Is the article "the" missing here? Should it be ...
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Usage of the article 'the' in the phrase Internet of Things

I am writing a paper on the topic, Internet of Things as a part of my curriculum. I couldn't help but wonder as to why every article, conference paper and journal publication refers to it as "The ...
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Slogan for a drapes manufacturer, which is correct? “Dressing the perfection” or “Dressing Perfection”?

I work at a factory that manufactures drapes and window treatments, and we hired a marketing team to revamp our corporate identity. The slogan they came up with is: "Dressing the Perfection" To me ...
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Which article do I use for a “concept” that introduces the actual thing

Which article do I use for something that has't yet been made or introduced. For example, consider a new website being built and the designer tells me, "We need to create an/the author's page for the ...
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How specific does a noun have to be to have “the”

Consider these two sentences: Houses are expensive in that neighbourhood. ― All houses are expensive in that neighbourhood. The Houses are expensive in that neighbourhood. ― Not all houses are ...
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A question of articles!

There are 2 citations related to the question. Bankruptcy of a corporation does not in itself cause dissolution. A partnership may be dissolved by agreement of the parties. I reckon, in ...
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Articles again (hopefully not a basic question :-) [closed]

I am writing an email to a colleague, not a close friend. And I want to let him know about my online availability: "Tomorrow at 11AM I will shutdown my laptop and will start heading for ... airport". ...
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usage of indefinite articles

I am writing a title and I was wondering whether I can skip the second article just like you would say a pen and pencil. Can I say, "A cap and tie for Zed," or must it still be "A cap and a tie for ...
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The Sam I used to know doesn't exist anymore

Is the use of the article "the" correct in this case? Why?
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Is “he was leader” right?

French surgeon Ambroise Paré (c.1510–1590) is considered one of the fathers of surgery; he was leader in surgical techniques and battlefield medicine, especially the treatment of wounds. This ...
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Why no article with “service” and “access”

Simple question, which I'd like a simple (simple enough to explain to an ESL student) answer to.* Is there a conference room? Is there a non-smoking room? Okay, so I have no problems with ...
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Use of article before Strength [duplicate]

I know strength is a noun. So in some sentences article is used and in some sentences, an article is not used before Strength. Example I was impressed by his strength. She's doing exercises to build ...
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Why do we say “Present Arms” instead of “Present Your Arms”?

There is a military command to Present Arms. And, depending upon the military and the situation, the typical response is to either salute or hold one's weapon in front of them in the prescribed ...
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Differences in meaning between phrases with and without indefinite article

Could you please help me by clarifying the meaning of the two phrases below: a profound analysis of the problem profound analysis of the problem Here's the context: I want to convey ...
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Which of the below is correct? [closed]

We were given a question like: Use an article to fill in the blank: 1.Man is _______ creation of God. Options were a) a b) the After blasting my mind off, i guessed the answer to be a ...
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What happens to articles in phrases “a bit <adjective> <noun>”?

Consider the phrase "I'm doing this for a bit different reason." The grouping here is "((a bit) different) reason" and not "a ((bit different) reason)", so the noun "reason" lacks an article. Does ...
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Is there a rule concerning nouns with foreign articles?

I'd like to know if there is a rule concerning the usage of "the" preceding nouns already including a foreign article. For instance, should a restaurant called "La trattoria" be referred to simply as ...
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Articles and prepositions in a series

I am writing a technical report. After finishing the first draft, I asked my friends, who are native English speakers, to proofread my writing. They found and corrected several errors in my report. ...
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AE vs British English usage of hospital [duplicate]

We all know that Americans say: Sara is going to the hospital While in the UK, they would say (and Americans would never say): Sara is going to hospital I'm wondering what the history of ...
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the definite article in front of a noun that is followed by a defining clause [duplicate]

When we want to refer to a specific noun, we use the definite article 'the'. When the noun is followed by a defining clause, again we use the defining article 'the'. My question is why the following ...
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Definite/indefinite articles in front of trade names that are used as attributive adjectives

Every time I have to refer to some products, I am not sure what article (if any) has to be used. For example, there is a company called Contigo, which makes termo cups. In order to refer to those ...
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Article “the” with relative clauses [duplicate]

I am not confident about my judgement as to whether or not "the" is required if a relative clause is used in a sentence. For example, The data can be collected on all the computers on which the ...
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“the oxygen concentration” OR “oxygen concentration”

SITUATION: I've carried out a thorough chemical analysis of Thing X. It underwent heating, cooling, bending - you name it. In conclusion, should I say: "No increase in the oxygen concentration ...
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Do I use the article “the” before the name of a specific database in a sentence?

When you name a specific database, do you use the before it? I'm helping a friend translate from Japanese into English, and she's referring to a database such as Earthquakes database, the actual name ...
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“The Hypercube algorithm is so …” or “Hypercube algorithm is so…”? [duplicate]

I have an algorithm inspired by mathematical concept called hypercube. I use Hypercube algorithm as a name. Now when I write about it, do I need "the" article in front of the name "Hypercube ...
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Why is it “A first,” not “The first” for U.S Ice Dancing team taking the top spot in Sochi”?

I heard that the announcer, Tim McGuire reported that; “A first for U.S. Ice Dancing team, Gold. Meryl Davis, Charlie White taking the top spot in Sochi.” in February 17 AP Radio News. I also ...
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index, an index or the index?

Context: Imagine a sequence of indices greater than 1. The sequence must follow these rules: 1.) Index 2 cannot be surrounded by two indices 3. ... (I know this may be written in much more simple ...
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Why do we say “What do you do for a living”?

What does "a" (the indefinite article) imply in this context?
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Use of “the” before a defined entity?

Should we write: "x is an element of vector X" or "x is an element of the vector X"? I have always been taught to use the former formulation, but now am asked to use the latter. Am confused. Any ...
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Is my use of “the” in this example correct?

I encountered many rules and even this article here on StackExchange. However, this is not about going to "college" or "the college", I think it more difficult. I wrote: "Bad recommendations ...
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Articles before word zero [duplicate]

"a zero magnetization" or "the zero magnetization" or "zero magnetization"? "a zero magnetic field" or "the zero magnetic field" or "zero magnetic field"? Are there any specific rules for articles ...
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Do you know the reason why we must use the article a instead of the in the following? [duplicate]

A human ear responds to a wide range of frequencies. My teacher already has said me, when you are speaking about a part of your body that it belongs to it- it is not artificial et cetera- you ...
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Definite article in a list

Would it be necessary to use any definite articles in this list? There were many alternative theatres in London: Hackney Empire, Almeida, Half Moon, and King's Head.
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Why is there a definite article before “Hague”? [duplicate]

Teaching definite and indefinite articles to Slavic students is very challenging because they don't have articles in their native languages. For instance, I have quite a few students who use "the" ...
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“the” before or after “all”

Which one is more correct, if everybody knows that I am talking about all the students in a specific classroom. assignments must be done by all the students assignments must be done by all ...
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“the son of a barkeep is speaker of the House”

The Wasington Post quotes Obama as saying: "Here in America, our success should not depend on an accident of birth, but the strength of our work ethic and the scope of our dreams. That's what drew ...
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Which article must I use and why? [duplicate]

Would you please explain the difference between the following? The average American city requires a prodigious amount of fish daily. And: An average American city requires a prodigious ...
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Is it “a hour-long drive” or “an hour-long drive”? [duplicate]

In the following context, which usage is correct, or are both of them OK? After a hour-long drive, they arrived at Chinatown. After an hour-long drive, they arrived at Chinatown. Your help is ...
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Should an article be used for the word “war”?

I’ve been reading much about the US poverty war recently. Some people say: He declared the war on poverty fifty years ago. But others say: He declared war on poverty fifty years ago. ...
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'with X and Y' where 'Y' has no article

Okay, a brief grammatical scuffle has broken out on a forum I frequent, where someone used the expression 'with whiskey and cigar', and someone else claimed it was grammatically incorrect, suggesting ...
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Definite article or not in “the low sampling frequency”

I do not mention what is the sampling frequency but I know that it is low. Should I use the article "the" or not in the following? 1 This can be highly error prone because of narrow bandlimited ...