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Wish you happy new year or (a) happy new year

I always use google with double quotes to get the answer for similar questions by looking at results number (assuming that the majority are correct), well, it is not the case here. In these days, we ...
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Definite article before “cinema”?

I'd like to speak about cinema as an invention. Do we say The cinema was invented in 1895. or Cinema was invented in 1895.
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Non-use of Determiners

I have reviewed several related posts here but am still quite confused with the use of determiners. Say, in this sentence - "They reviewed the forms again to ensure completeness and accuracy." What ...
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1 % of (the) GDP - with or without the article?

What is the correct form? I have consistently encountered both forms. Definite article: required, optional or wrong?
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Dropping articles in confirmation messages

When writing a confirmation message, (i.e. from a computer system) is it correct to say: "Item was modified" or is it necessary to include the determinate article: "The item was modified".
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Why do we use the article “the” with the Matterhorn (a mountain)?

The rule is that we don't use an article before the name of an individual mountain, only with the name of a mountain range. So why do we say "the Matterhorn" (a mountain in the Pennine Alps)?
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Question re: use of “the” before government?

Should one use "the" before government? Bringing change in government and its policies" For a country's government's policies, should one use "the" before country name only for US and not India? ...
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Example where article reverses meaning

Adding "the" reverses the meaning in these two sentences: Alice is in charge of Bob. Alice is in the charge of Bob. What is the formal grammatical explanation of this difference?
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Is there a difference between articles and determiners?

I have heard the, a, and an referred to as both articles and determiners. Do these two terms mean the same thing, or are there some differences between them? Can a word be an article but not a ...
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Indefinite article with a superlative in case of ties

Imagine there are several paths through a maze. Some path are shorter than others, and there can be several different paths with the minimal length. If I talk about a path with the minimal length (I ...
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Can indefinite article refer to anything within a list?

Please, help.. "There are pens on a table. Take a pen and write down the text" = Take one of those pens? "Here are some books. I know you like reading. Take a book and read it" = Take one of those ...
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Missing article?

Should there be an article before the word cruelty in the sentence below? Nevertheless, Gandhi knew that cruelty was not the answer and stated, “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world ...
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“life” vs. “the life” [closed]

my first question here. "The life seems to work for them": why did the author of this phrase use "the" before "life"? Does it have to do with meaning, vernacular or what else? Thanks
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Do I use “the” or “a”? [closed]

Example: "Time for the/a big one (referring to a big (important) rugby match)! Do I use the indefinite article a or the definite article the? Thank you!
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Usage of article while separated from noun

Folks, being non-native speaker, came across a phrase, and trying to figure out correctness: An Options Regulations Records Request has been issued by our company for your Firm. Should or should not ...
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Can we omit the definite article, *the*, in front of two musical instruments?

My sentence is He plays the piano & the violin. Is it correct to say He plays the piano & violin?
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Usage of comma and articles

I am not sure if the usage of comma and articles are correct in the sentence below. More specifically: is the comma justified in '... a Master of X degree, from XYZ ...' does 'a Master of X degree' ...
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Article usage and of phrase

Here are two examples: A: I heard there were those in this town who collect the LP. B: Yes, over there, Tom and Gina. They are the collectors of the LP you are looking for. In general, the ...
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Definite article before an abstract noun

When is the definite article the appropriate before an abstract noun? In particular, I have the following examples. Which are correct? Case I In the Theorem 4.4, we prove property A for all ...
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The use of article when an element is defined before

Assuming that a function f is defined, which one of the following statements is correct with respect to the use of article for "call"? I know that i is already introduced, but how about the call? ...
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Use of articles in mathematical writing

I'm writing a section about some mathematical properties and have trouble with the use of articles (indefinite/definite/no). I could come up with the following variants, but don't know which one is ...
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indefinite article with proper names [duplicate]

Please help me decide which of the following two sentences in correct: Twenty-year-old Thomas Smith has been running his own business for already 2 years. A twenty-year-old Thomas Smith has been ...
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I found a/the rule about [duplicate]

Please, help to understand the meanings of two sentences. 1) I found the rule about the usage of this pattern. The only rule I found at all was about this pattern ? About this pattern I found only ...
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Usage of some with plural nouns

Please, help me understand the grammar behind "some" and "zero article". As I know, we use zero article with plurals in the same cases when we use indefinite articles with singular - making general ...
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Use of ‘such a lonely work’ instead of ‘such lonely work’

A sentence of William Zinsser in "On writing Well" goes like this: “Writing is such lonely work that I try to keep myself cheered up.” Does it make any difference or is it a wrong usage if I use ...
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Can an adjective change the use of zero versus definite article?

I have a little issue with the use of zero versus definite article, since I tend to abuse the former one. Consider the following sentences: The issue described above influences the quality of ...
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Omitting articles in front of countable nouns

First off, I'd like to say "hello", as it's my first post here. Nonetheless, you guys have been helping me for quite some time, since I've been an avid reader. It's high time I asked a question that I ...
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I love pictures on my phone. The pictures are nice

There is a set of sentences: "I love pictures on my phone. The pictures are nice." In a thread I love pictures on my phone - what does zero article imply? I was told that the meaning of the first ...
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Does a Parenthetical Adjective Change “a” to “an” When Appropriate? [duplicate]

Consider the following sentence: He pets a dog. If one wanted to suggest, as an aside, that the dog is excited, one might add that as a parenthetical adjective, as below. Would this change "a" ...
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When do you say “Earth” and when “The Earth”? [duplicate]

I'm reading the page on Wikipeda: Earth [...] is the third planet from the Sun[...] The Earth's human population is [...] Then the University of Tennessee's page The Earth is certainly the most ...
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“The + noun + of” construction meaning specific instances

Help me, please, with the next question. There is a book "The rules of management". Does the construction in the title says to us that in the book are all the rules of management (that I can't ...
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“become a President” or “become President”

If he had not been a film star, he would not have become President. In my opinion, "a President" is correct. Examples: "My dream is to be a teacher" "My dream is to be a President" ...
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“a time” vs “the time” [duplicate]

Reagan's "The Speech" made half a century ago was titled "A time for choosing". When is "a time" more appropriate than "the time" in the context of making a momentous choice?
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Using article “the” when addressing a general category in an article [closed]

I am writing an English paper; (actually translating into English from a Persian source), where the topic of "ending" in story writing is discussed. Due to frequent use of the term "story", can I use ...
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using “the” when referring to languages

When should one use "the" when referring to a language and when is just the noun appropriate? e.g. At the end of a quote one may see "Translated from the German." What about, "Joe translated the ...
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Why is this sentence: “Additional nine features were added…” incorrect?

I am trying to explain to a colleague why the sentence: Additional nine features were added to the dig is incorrect. I have said you can say "An additional nine features...", "Nine additional ...
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No article with plural - possible meanings

Please, tell me the meaning of the sentence: "There are books on my table. Books on my table are good." Does it mean: 1) All the books that are now on my table are good? 2) All the books I put on ...
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“A positive influence on [the] circulation of blood”

What is the difference in meaning between the following? Habitual physical activity has a positive influence on circulation of blood. Habitual physical activity has a positive influence on ...
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The + adjective + proper name

I recently noticed that the honorific "The Honorable" is often followed by just a name ("The Honorable James Lloyd") rather than a noun ("The Honorable Judge James Lloyd"). That seemed fairly ...
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Generic Articles [duplicate]

I have a question about articles. I already know that there are three ways to express, with articles, generic meaning: (1) the + singular countable noun, (2) a/an + singular countable noun, and (3) ...
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Do I use “the” or “a”? How do I decide which article to use? [duplicate]

Do I need to put "the" in front of correlation and negative? We performed a correlation analysis to measure a correlation between job satisfaction and the shortage of nursing. We found that a ...
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“An X or a Y” vs. “An X or Y”

You can create a web site or an application with your bare hands. or You can create a web site or application with your bare hands. ? Also, same for the definite article?
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What is the difference in meaning between the sentences? [duplicate]

"She works in the paper business." "She works in paper business."
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Why isn't a definite article used before “a labyrinth”?

The following is from NY Times. "The decline is the result of the rise of untraditional business structure, the effects of a more globalized economy, and a labyrinth of subsidies and tax ...
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the function of “the” in the following sentence.

The following sentence is from NY Times. "Another corporate structure being exploited now more than ever is the master limited partnership." In the sentence, the concept of "master limited ...
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About the definite and zero article meaning generic concepts

I have been having a trouble with the idea of the definite article meaning generic concepts. Recently, I came upon a question asking which one is correct between " The Chines invented the paper" and ...
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The definite article implying the generic idea of something

I know that the definite article "the" can be used to mean a generic idea of something as in "the lion is the king of the animals." In this sentence, the in "the lion" is used to imply the general ...
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Was “an unicorn” ever correct?

According to Biblehub and Bible Gateway, King James's Numbers 23:22 says: God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn. I don't have a hard copy to check. Is that ...
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With passion for … or with a passion for

I am looking at the following sentence and can not understand whether I have to use a or not. I am a ... with [a] passion for ... . From my point of view passion is a noun and therefore it should ...
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Boris Group or 'the' Boris Group? Is article omission an error?

From a native speaker standpoint, would it look OK if a company whose name follows the "X Group" pattern omits the use of the definite article when presenting itself on its website, like this (name ...