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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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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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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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“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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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 [duplicate]

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? [duplicate]

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 ...
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a shorter time/less time

This takes less time than that. This takes a shorter time than that. Why is 'a' necessary is the second and not the first example?
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“At one end of the street” vs. “At the one end of the street”

"At one end of the street" vs. "At the one end of the street" Which phrase is more correct? or Are they both correct only the meaning is slightly different? or Are both fine meaning the same? ...
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Should I put “The” before “Another”?

Suppose I want to write in an academic paper, We have two ways to approach the problem. One approach is use .... Another approach is to ... Should I put the article 'the' before another?
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question about definite article “the”

my sentence is "Getting an A in this class gave me the confidence in taking graduate-level classes." here do i need to use "the" in front of confidence or do i need to omit it? Thank you for your ...
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When to omit an article

We are discussing the sentence "We can obtain the result by analytic inversion." It's from a math context. Is this an OK sentence, or does it have to be "an inversion"? If so, why? If not, why? Is ...
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When to use article 'a' before 'most'? [duplicate]

I found a sentence in the dictionary: 'He walked off in a most bizarre fashion.' I found in the grammar books, it is a rule to use 'the' before superlative degree. Now, I'm confused when I should use ...
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You have “the right” to remain silent vs “a right”

When you google "Miranda warning", the first thing you see is a clip of Wikipedia explaining what it is briefly: The "Miranda warning", which can also be referred to as the "Miranda rights", is ...
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What's the difference between using the/a/(nothing) in this sentence?

What's the difference between using the/a/(nothing) in this sentence? What's the difference between definite and indefinite article? What about not using them at all - would it be still correct? ...
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The pronunciation of the definite article by American speakers

I was reading an article the other day and I came across an interesting passage: Notice that the weak form of the is typically [ði] before a vowel-initial word (the apple) but [ðə] before a ...
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Articles in “Result is _ map of _ size”?

I am thinking how to write articles here: The result is the map of the size x × y which is not a grid. The result is the map of a size x × y which is not a grid. The result ...
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Article: brain and bowel/ the brain and bowel/ the brain and the bowel

I'm a learner of English working on a translation. Which option is the best for completing the sentence below and why? It’s been known for a long time that human homeostasis is controlled by two main ...
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articles with the possessive nouns in the plural

Is there a definite rule about the use of articles with the possessive nouns in the plural? One rule says that the article in such a phrase modifies the possessive noun. So, it is correct to say ...