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Definite article in a list

Would it be necessary to use any definite articles in this list? There were many alternative theatres in London: Hackney Empire, Almeida, Half Moon, and King's Head.
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Why is there a definite article before “Hague”? [duplicate]

Teaching definite and indefinite articles to Slavic students is very challenging because they don't have articles in their native languages. For instance, I have quite a few students who use "the" ...
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“the” before or after “all”

Which one is more correct, if everybody knows that I am talking about all the students in a specific classroom. assignments must be done by all the students assignments must be done by all ...
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“the son of a barkeep is speaker of the House”

The Wasington Post quotes Obama as saying: "Here in America, our success should not depend on an accident of birth, but the strength of our work ethic and the scope of our dreams. That's what drew ...
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Which article must I use and why? [duplicate]

Would you please explain the difference between the following? The average American city requires a prodigious amount of fish daily. And: An average American city requires a prodigious ...
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Is it “a hour-long drive” or “an hour-long drive”? [duplicate]

In the following context, which usage is correct, or are both of them OK? After a hour-long drive, they arrived at Chinatown. After an hour-long drive, they arrived at Chinatown. Your help is ...
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Should an article be used for the word “war”?

I’ve been reading much about the US poverty war recently. Some people say: He declared the war on poverty fifty years ago. But others say: He declared war on poverty fifty years ago. ...
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'with X and Y' where 'Y' has no article

Okay, a brief grammatical scuffle has broken out on a forum I frequent, where someone used the expression 'with whiskey and cigar', and someone else claimed it was grammatically incorrect, suggesting ...
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Definite article or not in “the low sampling frequency”

I do not mention what is the sampling frequency but I know that it is low. Should I use the article "the" or not in the following? 1 This can be highly error prone because of narrow bandlimited ...
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“Without selection” vs. “without a selection”

W is the complex-valued transformation of the original signals x and y without selection of the window length with respect to time t. W is the complex-valued transformation of the original ...
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For an unlimited time or For unlimited time or other ways [closed]

Is there any other way of saying 'unlimited time'? We are giving away a product for free for unlimited time. The actual sentence looks like these: Now FREE for Unlimited Users for Unlimited Time. ...
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Using article “the” for an artwork [closed]

I want to name an artwork I made but I am not a native English speaker. The title I have selected is vision, meaning having insight. The point is I don't know whether I should name it The Vision or ...
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When should I repeat the definite article?

I am a bit confused about the rule of setting the definite article in a sentence when it is associated to two nouns. The beginning and end of the channel. The beginning and the end of the ...
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“It is a/the search to which I've dedicated my writing”

It is a search to which I've dedicated my writing. — Source Isn't it supposed to be the?
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“What a beautiful day” or “what the beautiful day”? And exactly why?

Although we know that day which we are talking about, why don't we say "What the beautiful day!" instead of "What a beautiful day!" ? In addition, a friend of mine have already said the following, ...
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“cross this line” versus “cross the line”

This is written on a railroad platform: Is the English text OK? Or "cross the line" is better? Or both are equally correct?
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Do we have to use any article before job title?

If I have to introduce myself within the organization where I am working what is the correct sentence: I am Senior IT Engineer Or I am a Senior IT Engineer? Also what is the general rule to ...
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definite vs. none article before abstract concept; again

I reviewed both: Definite article before scientific terms Use (or non-use) of articles before abstract nouns and I still cannot decide. According to the previous post my sentence should be: If ...
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An Apple Is Green [duplicate]

Which one is correct? An apple is green. Apple is green. The apple is green. Please describe for me.
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What is “Web Copy” and why does everyone refer to it without an article?

I recently read a blog post that talks about "Web Copy". I have never heard of this term before, so I did some searching around. I'm still not sure what the meaning of this is. What bugs me is that ...
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“in case of” + “respectively”

I would like to write something like: In cases of the A and B models, the run-time analysis of the algorithm is shown in Figures X and Y, respectively. I mean: A model -> Fig X B model ...
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definite article with plural hypotheses

Is it correct to write "scientests can test a hypotheses" even though hypotheses is a plural?
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strong will or strong wills? [closed]

Idiomatically we do say "a strong will". But can we say "strong wills"? The context is The optimism and (the) strong will(s) of the handicapped children touched me deeply. Also, do I need a "the" ...
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Do I need to use 'the' in this case?: the implications of study findings

I hope to clarify that I used 'the' in a right place in the following sentence. 'The findings of this study' 'The implicatinos of study findings' Since 'findings' and 'implications' are limited by ...
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How do I refer to a geographical area outside Britain (use article or not)

I am not a native English speaker. In a scientific paper I'm writing, I refer to geographical areas in Belgium: Kempen, Hageland. In Dutch, an article is used when referring to these areas: "in de ...
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Indefinite articles and job titles [closed]

Why do we use indefinite articles in sentences as follows: John is a doctor. Mary is training to be an engineer. He wants to be a dancer.
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Which is correct, “from a young age” or “from young age”? [closed]

Consider this example: People tend to understand and use sarcasm from a young age. People tend to understand and use sarcasm from young age. Which one of these is grammatically correct ...
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The article “the” before messages

He shouldn't have posted the PM's that were meant to be private. [PM = Private message] Is the above sentence correct if we are talking about specific messages? Suppose that, on a forum that I am ...
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What article should I use here? [duplicate]

I do not understand what should be here: He wants to be able to see all users whose data he has an/the... access to.
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Article - “a” or “the” or plural for countable nouns?

I think a countable noun are usually of the following 3 forms: the + countable noun (single form) a + countable noun (single form) countable noun (plural form) I am confused about which to pick ...
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“I'm Spanish” or “I'm a Spanish”?

Which one is correct? I am quite sure about "I'm Spanish", but is it wrong if I add an "a" before "Spanish"?
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'In the event of fire' or 'in the event of a fire'?

In the event of fire,... In the event of a fire,... I see both variants ondifferent Web pages and I cannot understand which is correct. Could you please explain it to me.
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a / the balcony

-How did you spend your last summer? -We rented a house in Finland. I went out a lot but my parents spent half of the time on a/the balcony sunbathing. If the house has got 2 balconies, then I ...
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Some employees or all of them (Articles)

-Have your heard anything about Nick? -Yes. He found a job in a Swiss company. (The) employees don't like him much though (The) employees. Does the absence or the presence of a definite article ...
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Why do some people prefix people's names with “the”?

Lately I've been seeing a trend that I find disturbing for some reason, mostly in Indian publications but also in some American ones - prefixing people's names with "the". For example: The Mr. Gandhi ...
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Indefinite article with substances

Which one of the following is correct? If both - what is the difference? In an optically thin gas ... In optically thin gas ... For example: We consider radiative equilibrium in (an) optically ...
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usage of articles: definite article or zero article? [duplicate]

the Chinese invented the paper the Chinese invented paper I can't decide which article we get before paper — zero article or the. Are we talking about paper in general (so zero ...
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The Mt.Fuji vs Mt.Fuji. When do I use “the”? [duplicate]

Why do we say The Amazon river and not The Mt.Fuji? For example, I climbed Mt.Fuji. I swam in the Amazon river. I hiked along the Silk road.
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Articles in English, the use of “the” and “a” [duplicate]

The following are sentences I picked up from newspaper articles. "A smiling Ichiro Suzuki(a popular baseball player) talked at the interview through an interpreter." "The 22-year-old XXX (a popular ...
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What's the difference between “I have the ability to” and “I have an ability to”

What's the difference between the following? I have the ability to speak English. I have an ability to speak English.
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Of + articles + general references

1) a) A roof of a car is made of many different materials b) The roof of a car is made of many different materials 2) a) The branch of a tree will make decent firewood b) A branch of a tree will ...
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encapsulating a positive thing among many negative things

Is there a phrase that encapsulates 'this is a positive thing among many negative things'? Context: I need to find a name for an article I am writing - which is about how a person turned everything ...
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Why are academic articles/journals/papers so hard to understand? [closed]

I am a university student, I have to read a lot of published paper and cite them into my paper, but I find it really hard to understand the articles. I am not an English native speaker, but I can ...
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Why is 'the' before winter season?

In my opinion, 'the' is a definite article. It emphasis saying "that one only". Why then 'the' before winter season. There is only one kind of winter season. There cannot be different kind of winter ...
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The + vowel sound

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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An article before the word “Equation”

In many scientific papers, the article before the word "Equation" is omitted. Is there any grammar statement behind this? For instance: "Equation (8) contains various approximations, and we have ...
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**in** an equilibrium or **at** an equilibrium

I often search for valid collocations using google with a specific query phrase. In case of the phrase in question, i.e. in/at an equilibrium I have a problem since both seem to be used almost equally ...
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Why no “the” or “a” here?

I had asked the man in wardrobe to take a photo of me. Why is it that there's no articles before the noun wardrobe?
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What part of speech are articles before possessive adjectives?

Today I was diagramming a sentence when I noticed something that confused me. I had a sentence that was basically like this: A parent's greatest concern is rearing his children correctly. ...
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Article 'a' altering the meaning of a phrase

Recently, at work, I had an argument with a colleague on the use of article 'a' in the sentence: "Active i is just 'a' little more than a smaller and cheaper Activa." In the sentence, he meant that ...