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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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When should I use “a” vs “an”?

In the following example, is it appropriate to use a or an as the indefinite article, and why? He ate __ green apple. I know that in the case of just "apple", it would be "an apple," but I've ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Should I use the definite or indefinite article in this case?

He tried to take a photograph of a beautiful butterfly which was flying past his left ear. or He tried to take a photograph of the beautiful butterfly which was flying past his left ear. ...
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Indefinite Article Preceding Noun “Wind”

It's common to say "a gentle wind", but is it OK to say "a wind"? I just noticed that there's a novel named "A Wind in the Door", in which case I guess "A" could be used here due to the modifying "in ...
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Which determiner to use with degrees: “a” or “my/his/her/your”?

Examples: She has a PhD in biophysics. She has her PhD in biophysics. And: He has a black belt in judo. He has his black belt in judo.
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Client compliance, client's compliance or a client's compliance?

I'm working on a job application covering note and I'm really struggling with one particular phrase. Here's the full sentence: "I possess strong analytical and investigative skills as demonstrated by ...
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Why is liquid a countable noun?

I read this sentence in a description to a podcast from https://www.eslpod.com/website/index_new.html Batter, “batter,” when we talk about cooking is a liquid, made usually with eggs, and ...
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Difference between “one of the states” and “the one of states” [closed]

I have a question about the following: Texas is only one of the states that still have sizable wheat production. Texas is the only one of states that still has sizable wheat production. I want ...
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Use of the definite article “the” before “church”

I was in a Teacher's selection for a school in my country, and one of the coordinators said that she heard a mistake from another teacher that was unacceptable. I tried to figure out why was that, but ...
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“In the case of” or “In case of”

I am wondering whether "in the case of" is a correct expression. I know "in case of" can be used, for example "In case of an emergency" but when would be appropriate to use "in the case of" as long as ...
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article - the or a? [duplicate]

The US is usually associated with the bald eagle and the bison. or The US is usually associated with a bald eagle and a bison. I suppose the first sentence is much better(?) But can the second be ...
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…in (the) university?

I believe the following to be correct: What did you do in university? My student, however, asked me why it has no 'the'. I thought I had better ask folks here for the answer.
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Is “fish” starting to be treated as countable? [closed]

Recently, I've passed through a phrase "a fish" in several serious contemporary books on international politics. Is "fish" coming to be used as countable?
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Din - with or without an article

I want to ask about an article. "Cars are going back and forward with (a?) din (noise)" Should "din" have an article? I don't concretize it and perceive the word as a concept, that is I don't pay ...
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Is it correct to say “via a”?

Is it considered proper English to say something like this? I called her via a telephone. Or should the indefinite article be omitted entirely? I called her via telephone. If the ...
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Little boy or That little boy

I recently saw this sentence: Best wishes for little kid which I think she should put a determiner or an article before little kid, E.g: Best wishes for my little kid or Best wishes for that little ...
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What's the difference between “in the room” and “in room”? [closed]

I usually tend to tell i'm in the room. But i get confused when i get doubts with respect to what to use between "in the room" and "in room" for the formation of error free sentence.
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A journey from Yekaterinburg to Moscow takes 28 hours by train - or “the journey” - or “journeys”?

Could we use all three following sentences to refer generically to a "typical journey": The journey from Yekaterinburg to Moscow takes 28 hours by train. A journey from Yekaterinburg to Moscow ...
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repetition of articles

Let's say you have three nouns separated by "or" or "and", and all three are always used together and have the same attibutive noun : Example: market force, market strategy and market segmentation ...
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“an alarm” vs “the alarm” [closed]

Which ones correct ? All the guests on the boat got frightened when they heard an alarm. (or) All the guests on the boat got frightened when they heard the alarm. I expect the second sentence to ...
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Use of articles with adj.+country name

Often in writings, I see use of the articles "a", the" with country names preceded by adjectives: a strong China, a friendly Cyprus, the rich Paraguay, etc. What rule is that?
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Should I use “the” before “checkout”?

I currently develop an e-commerce website. I got confused about this sentence: use coupon code at checkout use coupon code at the checkout Which should I use? Is "the" neccessary?
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Why is Ukraine often called “the Ukraine”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using the definite article before a country/state name Hearing the Ukraine used to make me unsure whether Ukraine was really a country. Now though I have realized ...
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To the school vs to school [closed]

As I know, I go to school every day,(because I am a pupil) I went to the school yesterday to meet my first teacher. But: what if I work there? I go to school or I go to the school.
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A and an usage and difference [closed]

This is an excerpt from newspaper. Without a overhang of heavy handed security. Why does the author use a and not an?