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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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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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Is “make no mistake” a mistake?

Is "make no mistake" proper grammar? Isn't "no" being used as a quantifier? Aren't quantified nouns supposed to be plural when the quantity is none? For example, I was taught to say, "one egg" and "...
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Use/non-use of articles before Adjective + Abstract noun

I have confusion regarding use/non-use of articles before adjective + abstract noun. Eg. competent handling, prolonged tread life, enhanced durability Providing COMPETENT HANDLING and PROLONGED TREAD ...
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Why do people omit the definite article?

I'm used to always hearing or seeing a definite article before certain nouns. Yet on certain occasions the article is totally omitted, and it bothers me. I'm wondering what the justification for ...
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use of articles with personal names modified by adjectives

Suddenly, to everybody's surprise, the silent Mr.Smith swung around and addressed Barbara. The dinner was served by a silent Mrs. Keats. I saw an infuriated Jennifer, who started shouting at me ...
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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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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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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 ...