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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 "...
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Do you need to use article when using acronym

Do you need an article in a phrase "He moved to US five years ago"? Should it be "He moved to the US five years ago", since "US" is an acronym for something that should be always used with an article, ...
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Articles a/the in the captions of photos or title of the books/movies [duplicate]

It is not really clear for me how should I translate captions for photos. For example, I made photo of bear and the caption should be "A Bear" or "The Bear" or just "Bear"? The same thing for "Autumn",...
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More zero article bafflement

My frustrated Polish friends (often baffled by article usage because their own language has no articles) wanted to know why there's no definite article before the expression "picture No. 24" (as in "...
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Using “the” or “a” for an item already mentioned

I was reading a topic article in a English grammar book. In an explanation, the following guideline was mentioned: Use the to refer something that has already been mentioned. While I was ...
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Why is an article present here?

I took a test on articles and scored 84%. Unfortunately, the site provides no explanation as to why I was wrong, so I kindly ask for your help here. Kumiko discovered that there were quite a few ...
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Do you need “The” to start a sentence?

For an academic paper, I wrote (referring to the makeup of part-time faculty) "Level of teaching experience is mixed." I was marked for a grammatical error, with the professor noting it should be "...
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agreeing articles and the noun in enumeration

I'm writing a technical paper, where I discuss the behavior of contacts between two slightly different materials. What is the correct way to write it: A contact between a green and a red balls A ...
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article with food [closed]

Here is the sentence: Some people like them with beef or chicken, some with seafood, others like pineapple on their pizzas. Why we don't use an article before /pineapple/?
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Is it wrong if I don't omit 'the' when there are multiple 'the' items?

Someone claims that the following is ungrammatical: We focus on the parameters of the representative frequency, the composition of sounds and the sequence complexity. They claim it should ...
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“He was neither seer nor prophet” How would you explain the absence of an article?

Here's a fragment from Jack London's Star Rover: Wordsworth knew. He was neither seer nor prophet, but just ordinary man like you or any man. What he knew you know, any man knows. But he most ...
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How to put articles to one adjective with multiple nouns

Suppose that there is a black cup, a black book and a black mouse. How should I put (an) indefinite article(s) to call all of them, while using an adjective black only once? A black cup, book and ...
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an article + a modifier + a conjunction + a modifier + a noun and enumeration of the nouns

The example: a big and white dog - Is this sentence correct? And when I enumerate nouns. Like:I like a cat and Do I need an article here? dog
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Indefinite article after as?

I read that when you classify or define people and things you use a/an: Don't use your plate as an ashtray. But then I found a news article which included the following sentence: Indian ...
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Do I need to add “the” to a plural noun? [duplicate]

I am confused by whether or not to add "the" before a plural noun. For example, do the following two sentences mean something slightly different from each other? (1) We analyzed the potential ...
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Should an article follow “some sort of” when a singular noun is used?

I was wondering what the rules are when it comes to using articles with the phrase some sort of, and specifically in this sentence: They’re treating me like I’m some sort of a star. They’re ...
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'In the Fox Theater' or 'In the Fox theater' or 'In The Fox Theater' [duplicate]

I am confused over the use of 'the' and capitalization.
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“Holmby hall” or “The Holmby Hall”, does the hall have to be capital in either of them? [duplicate]

Holmby Hall is a landmark site in Los Angeles. The Wikipedia page doesn't use "the" before Holmby Hall, but has used the before The Fox Theatre.
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Did English have any plural articles in the past?

I am curious as to whether English had any plural articles like in French with "les" and "des".
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Do I need article in front of the word “hints” [closed]

"And you can see hints of fall with the golden yellow leaves on the tree tops" Do I need article "the" in front of the word hints, and if I don't why not? :) Also, in the sentence : I should visit ...
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Why is the idiom “the benefit of THE doubt” rather than “the benefit of doubt”?

I don't understand the use of a definitive article in this phrase. Isn't the meaning the same in both cases?
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“I saw Sue in town yesterday, but she didn't see me.” Why is there no article before “town”?

From a Raymond Murphy book on English grammar, I saw the following sentence: I saw Sue in town yesterday, but she didn't see me. Why is there no article before "town"? Is the following ...
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Remove extra “the”s and improve a sentence [closed]

I have the following statement describing a course learning outcome: At the end of this course, the students will be able to: Apply concepts of lighting and illumination technology and ...
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Please tell which sentence is correct. For women “is” is used and for men “are” is used, why? [closed]

Doctor Ram who lost his new mobile and nurse Sima his fiance is eloping tonight. Doctor Sima who lost her new mobile and Ram her fiance are eloping tonight.