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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' - St Petersburg at night

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!
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Indefinite article before 'god' [closed]

Here's a phrase from a song: There's nothing a god can give to me that I can't give to myself I put my beliefs in the things I believe and a god can take care of himself It might seem kind ...
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What is the pronounciation of “the” before the vowel “e”? [duplicate]

How do you pronounce the vowel in the article "the" when used before "evil"? (American English)
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Which article should be used in this example? [closed]

Which article should be used in this example?
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“Visitor” instead of “Dish” [closed]

I have two small questions. I'm translating a gastronomy website and the original text sometimes refer to the dish as the visitor. For example: The next visitor of our table was mackerel with ...
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Specific type or instance of something vs. the thing understood in a general sense

Can anyone explain the essential difference between situations where nouns are used in a general sense and where they are used to indicate a specific type or instance of something? Specifically, I ...
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Using articles in a prompt

There is a prompt in a program What is the correct form of it? Enter height of a triangle Enter a height of a triangle Enter the height of a triangle Enter the height of the triangle
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“Both the drivers” versus “both drivers” [closed]

Context: there were two drivers in a single vehicle driving along a test track. Then the vehicle overturned and the drivers were injured. Which sentence is correct: “The vehicle overturned injuring ...
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When to say “a proof”, “the proof” and just “proof”?

My friend asked to check his work, and he had written: I think Asimov is proof that being prolific is at least as valuable as being talented. He writes simply is proof. Did he write correctly ...
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Indefinite article before an adjective in form [number]-[something]

Which one of these is correct? We use two-stage compilation process. We use a two-stage compilation process. The second looks more formally correct, but feels strange. Perhaps this is better? ...
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“The Internet” vs “Internet” [duplicate]

I've read about Articles: THE is called a definite article. "Definite" means "specific". A and AN are called indefinite articles. "Indefinite" means "not specific". Use A (AN) when you are ...
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Is it acceptable to say “the why”?

Is it proper English to say, The why? An example: I need to find out the why. To me, the, doesn't belong in this sentence. Note: TV personality Dr. Oz often says "the why".
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with a high density or with high density? [closed]

I wrote this sentence. We study large-scale graphs with a high density or with high density? Which one is right? Thanks in advance!
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Using an indefinite article with ability

Which is correct? His artwork is outstanding. He has a natural ability. or His artwork is outstanding. He has natural ability.
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Which is the correct article here? [duplicate]

1 An n-dimensional generalisation OR 2 A n-dimensional generalisation. I would like to say the first is correct but my friend insists the second. Which is the correct way?
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“In the Philippines”, or “In the US” sounds okay, but why not “In the Japan”, or “In the China”? [duplicate]

Random thought earlier. I am basing my question on my memory of what seems to be normally used, but I am unsure of the actual correct grammar usage. Which is correct, and if one is wrong, what is ...
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“A group leader” or “the group leader”?

When I have an expression comprising two nouns does the article (a/an/the) refer to the first or to the second one? E.g. when talking about some group (we introduced it, there's only one), we would ...
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Should a definite article be used when referring to a line of an algorithm

In scientific articles an article is usually omitted when referring to figures, tables, etc. and a capital letter is used. For example I would state: "The data are shown in Figure 1." I have an ...
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We did it at exactly the right time vs We did it at the exactly right time.

I know the first example is correct and I'm pretty sure the second is incorrect, but I wonder why. So, we can say "I saw an extremely angry dog", but not "I saw extremely an angry dog." When do we ...
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Use of “THE” article in passage

In some passage, I've noticed that the "the" article is used before some words at the first time but it is not used at the second time before the words. As example, In this passage: You ...
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Articles - When don't we use them? [closed]

Why don't we use any articles before the countable noun "chairman" in the following sentence? Potts was appointed chairman of the education committee. or Camera was invented by X. I ...
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Mars orbits Sun [duplicate]

Why do we call the star in our solar system "The Sun" when all other celestial bodies are addressed simply as Jupiter, Neptune, or Sagittarius A Star? Ex: The Saturn has many rings. Incorrect Ex: ...
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Why is the British tv show “the Undatables” not called “the Undatable” without 's'?

There is a tv series on Channel 4 called "The Undatables" which I have just started watching. The title keeps me wondering why it's not just called "the undatable" like the poor or the rich? Last ...
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Why is it “a President” when it's clear to anybody that it's refering to the present President? [closed]

The New York Times (January 20, 2015) carries an editorial board article under the headline, “At the State of the Union, a President outgunned in Congress is still combative.” It begins with the ...
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Warning message when user navigates away from a page [duplicate]

In my software, If user edits some content of a document and clicks close icon without saving the changes he made (i.e. without clicking the save icon first), the text of message that I display to the ...
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Definite article before specific product names

I would just like to know: Do we use the definite article (the) before specific names of products like iPhone and iPod? If yes, is there any specific rule as to when and when not to use the article ...
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Repeating determiners: “the X and (the) Y”

I have a problem with the use of "the" after "and" where you would basically be connecting words. For example, which of the following is better: The table and the chairs? The table and chairs? ...
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Can “first” be used with indefinite article?

I was taught that the word "first" always comes with a definite article - the first. I never really questioned it and most of the time, it really seems natural to use it. However, sometimes I feel ...
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Which article is used between a “name” and a “tagline” [closed]

Suppose, I am selling a new product named as: "Innob" and there is a tagline followed by it: "___, new breath in (the) town". Which article shall I use between the name and the tagline ("the" vs ...