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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 before “two” with intervening adjective? [duplicate]

Consider the following sentence: (1) The project will include Alice, Bob, and an expected two new hires. This sounds correct to me; it means we are expecting to hire two new people and will put ...
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indefinite articles before adjectives [closed]

Is this sentence grammatically and lexically correct? 'For me, foreign language is the stem of a teaching and translating career'
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Why use “the” for oceans/seas/rivers etc. but not lakes?

Possibly two questions in here: Are these sentence constructions logical, and if they are, why are they different? I swam across the Ocmulgee River. I swam across the Pacific Ocean. I swam ...
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(The) TIF is (the) IRT analog of (the) CTS theory. To use or not to use definite articles?

I have no clue whether to use "the" or not in such academic examples. Is there a definite correct choice for these sentences? (the) TIF is (the) IRT analog of (the) CTS theory. It depends on the ...
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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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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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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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The article “a/an” with uncountable nouns

Sometimes I read in books sentences where uncountable nouns are used with the article "a/an". For example She fades like a dew before the sun. Is it out of the common rules? Sorry if this ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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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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The + vowel letter

I've been told that when "the" is proceeded by a vowel sound, like "apple" or "hour", it's pronounced as "thee" and not as "thu". But after listening to a couple of songs, I noticed that sometimes ...
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Rule on absence of the article “the” with plural nouns [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Definite article with plural nouns I recently reviewed (as I believe, rather thoroughly) the rules of using articles in English and I do not recall any rule on absence of ...
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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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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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Question about “the” article [duplicate]

Which one of each is correct? A1 - He asked a simple question about the use of articles. vs A2 - He asked a simple question about use of articles. B1 - All universities in Vancouver are amazing. ...
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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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Do idioms pose an exception to normal definite and indefinite article usage?

I found this phrase in my biology textbook (emphasis added): ...in relation to Earth's history, 100,000 years or even a million years is the blink of an eye. The part of the phrase in question ...
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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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Capitalization of the word “the” in “the Lord” / “The Lord”

Should I capitalize the word "the" when speaking of God as "the/The Lord"? I praise the Lord. or... I praise The Lord.
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What are the rules of capitalization and article usage with building names?

What are the rules for building names? In particular, does the word "building" need to be capitalized when a part of a building's name? How about article "the" - what are the rules for using it as a ...
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Is it 'a usual' or 'an usual'? Why? [duplicate]

is it 'a usual' or 'an usual'? 'A usual' sounds more correct in my head ('Today was a usual day.') than 'an usual', but u is a vowel. Which one is correct and why?
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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.
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How does the use of a definite article change the meaning of following sentences?

My niece is in hospital. My niece is in the hospital. Both the sentences look good to me. Is there any difference between the two sentences? Although I know the difference but the real question is ...
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Pronunciation of “the”: thee versus thuh [duplicate]

We were taught in school that when followed by a noun starting with a vowel sound, "the" is pronounced "thee". In other cases, it's pronounced "thuh" (aside from the emphatic "the"). I have noticed ...
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Can articles be omitted in front of the second and third nouns?

According to one article reference book, it says we can omit articles (a, an, the) in front of the second, third,… nouns. Is it really acceptable from native English speakers' point of view? Is it ...
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“Took the Russia out of Vodka” or definitive articles with country names

I'm trying to better understand the meaning of the phrase in the Skyy Vodka ad ("Vodka so filtered we even took the Russia out of it"). AFAIK the name Russia is never used with a definitive article, ...
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Usage of Definite Articles [duplicate]

In what cases do we have to put the definite article the before each of these words: sun, water and wind?
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Modified version of an object, use of articles

What article should I use when referring to a modified version of an object? For example, I try to shorten "a modified version of Dijkstra's algorithm" and I'm not sure which of the following are ...
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No article? Why?

The back of my VIP card reads: Present this card before payment Why is there no any article before 'payment'? Shouldn't we add 'the' before 'payment'? I understand in this case, maybe there is no ...
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A word that collocates with “electronic”

First of all, I am not a native English speaker and I'm completely new here, so please forgive me if I have posted the question in a wrong category or anything. I am trying to write my Statement of ...
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Which of these choices is correct? [closed]

We were given a question like: Use an article to fill in the blank: 1.Man is _______ creation of God. Options were a) a b) the After blasting my mind off, i guessed the answer to be a ...
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what article should go before specific games?

I came across an article in the following link about general and specific nouns General and specific Nouns My question is which article (grammar article) should go before these general, more ...
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Repetition of indefinite article with several adjectives

Sindbad was a rich and a famous sailor. Sindbad was a rich and famous sailor. Which of these are correct? What is the general rule for using articles before a noun with two adjectives?
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Is 'a career advice' grammatically correct? [duplicate]

I understand it is an indefinite article, so does it really depend on how we mean 'career advice'? I read an advertisement, "Need a career advice? - Contact ... " which I'm pretty sure is wrong
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Articles with abstract nouns

Given: In the world of a flourishing globalization Which sort of article should be used before flourishing — zero, definite, or indefinite?
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Repeating “the” with each item separated by “or” [duplicate]

If we have several items to mention, which should be separated with or, is this correct to use the for each one? Could it be possible to use one "the" to distribute among them? For example, which of ...
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“To market, to market, to buy a fresh pig” vs “To the markets” valid English?

Is the phrase "to market" as in "going to the markets" valid use of the English language? I can think of two examples in local Australian vernacular: The Nursery Rhyme: "To market, to market, to ...