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The absence of an article in “it's always been challenge” [closed]

Is it actually grammatical to do without an article before "challenge" here: A road, it's always been challenge That's what can bring you a lot of grieve.
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Why is it “Hungry Like THE Wolf”? [duplicate]

In the Duran Duran song "Hungry Like the Wolf", the definite article "the" is used instead of the indefinite article "a". Aside from artistic liberty, is there a reason this is done? What does "the ...
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Omission of articles

I came across this sentence: The function changes the size, position, and Z order of a child, pop-up, or top-level window. I would write it this way: The function changes the size, the position, and ...
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Is it “Click option Yes; Click button Proceed or ”Click the option Yes; Click the button Proceed"

It's clear that we need an article in cases like these: Click the X option, Click the Y button. But do you write an article in cases where the proper noun follows the regular noun: Click **the** ...
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Usage of indefinite articles in a sentence

Should we use articles highlighted in bold in the sentence below? A video, that not only engages but also impresses target audience with a unique story, worldwide achievements, touching revelation,...
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Usage of articles in a paragraph [closed]

If I will repeat some noun in this way: I'm publishing our project. A project, which restores company's credibility. A project which shows... Should the second "project" has an article the? Or ...
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using article with the word Internet [duplicate]

When should I use the definite article with the word Internet and when omit the article? For example, "Before social media, Internet was a one-way channel where people could read content but not ...
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the + consoles/devices

Doing some research, I have detected that: Articles are set in devices or consoles. The iPhone5 / The Xbox One However, the brand of these products does not have any article. iPhone / Xbox ...
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about the usage of “the” before a possession construction [duplicate]

There are examples I took from Murphy's English Grammar in Use, Unit 81B the Carters' house Mr and Mrs Carter's house I couldn't understand why the latter goes like that and not like "the Mr and ...
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Can you use “a” before “1/4” when there is no unit following?

I know you can say things like "a 1/4 inch hole" and similar, where the article belongs to the noun and not to the quarter. A colleague of mine is about to publish something like "a 1/4 of the people ...
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Is “Dumb thing's broken” grammatically correct?

I'm studying English watching Big Hero 6. The movie script has a line "Dumb thing's broken." (Hiro's line) My question is that if it's grammatically correct. As far as I know, the noun 'thing' is ...
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“A novel” or “the novel” in various contexts

Why should I use the in the first case and a in the second? The novel is the most popular form of fiction. A novel is a long narrative. My thoughts: For the first case I could think of the rule: ...
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Using article / omiting article [closed]

I read news and there was a headline: "3 Brussels police officers wounded during raid related to Paris attacks" Can you say "3 Brussels police officers wounded during a raid related to Paris attacks"?...
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Is the plural of 'a friend's book' 'a friend's books' or 'friend's books'? [duplicate]

this question concerns only the INDEFINITE article, I don't care for the definite article or 'of' forms here. In the following construction a friend's book a boy's toy a guy's car Question: do you ...
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Is there a solid reference/rule on when not to put article after 'of'

I have not found any articles or documentation on this, the only thing close to it is this Zero article after "of" in "a change of place" thread which only has a single answer ...
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The people vs people [duplicate]

The most important assets are people vs are the people Could you help, please
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Article usage in technical texts: a unique and other cases

Sometimes I write technical texts and wonder which article I should use before adjectives like unique, so-called and given, as English is a foreign language for me. For example, why it is there is ...
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What are the different senses of “a”? [closed]

Suppose we know that "terrorism is a serious crime". And that "you have to report terrorism". Can we say that "you have to report a serious crime"? I think that the bulleted statement is true. ...
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Indefinite or definite: a name or the name

It's odd that I actually knew a girl of that name--(a / the) name that couldn't have been any sweeter. I'm confused to choose which article I should use here because they both sound kind of fine in ...
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Omitting articles in nouns - prepositions; after; to; before; from

Why is the indefinite article omitted here? Could it be the definite article, but omitted? Like in the following case in an instruction: Grasp drumstick. Place knife between thigh and body; cut ...
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The a/an/the article issue in different contextes

I would be happy to get some confirmation whether I understand the use of the articles correctly in my sentences: Case: sentence: I heard you've got a beautiful house. context: I haven't seen the ...
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Do “mens rea” and “actus reus” need an article?

In criminal cases, there exists two elements: a guilty mind (mens rea) and a guilty act (actus reus). Do these two Latin terms require a preceding article, and which would it be (definite/indefinite)? ...
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Should I use “an” or “the”? [duplicate]

The question is to fill in the blanks with an appropriate article : It is paradoxical that .......... average consumer cannot decide which technology will offer him the highest standards of water ...
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Article 'a' or 'the' [closed]

Is it wrong to say "I work at a hospital" if I mean that I work in a specific hospital unknown to the person I am talking to? How is it different from the more common "I work at the hospital"?
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What is the purpose of emphasizing indefine article 'a'? [duplicate]

I often see and hear native speakers emphasizing word a, using intonation and /ei/ pronunciation. I understand what they say and I am able to properly (I guess) use it in my speech. But I wonder why ...
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What is the difference between This is a letter or this is the letter [duplicate]

Which is the correct one: This is a letter from my friend who lives in Paris or This is the letter from my friend who lives in Paris
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Article 'a' before the word starting from a vowel

I've always been thinking that in English we use 'an' before the words starting from a vowel, for example "an apple", "an attitude" and so on (except the rule about 'u' sound 'a university" and so on)....
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Two questions about using several “THE” in a single sentence [duplicate]

I have two questions about using "several THE" is a single sentence. Q1) Which one of THE following sentences are true (probably none of them)? a) THE value of maximum deflection based on THE ...
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What is the practice of dropping words from sentences? [duplicate]

Most instructions for equipment and software make a habit of shortening sentences by dropping words of certain parts of speech - usually definite and indefinite articles. For example: PULL (THE) ...
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Definite article with abstract nouns [duplicate]

Is there a way one can determine whether to use the definite article before an abstract noun? For example: little room for imagination such concepts as subjectivity and imagination the ...
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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 representative,...
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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 ...