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“Suffer from a headache” vs. “suffer from the headache” [closed]

I am not sure which article to use in the following context: She has been suffering from a headache. She has been suffering from the headache. Please clear up my doubt.
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Difference between 'than others' and 'than the others' [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Incriminating others vs. Incriminating the others: Is this sentence correct? When should one of these be preferred over another for sentences of the form "A is different ...
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Why the indefinite article in “have a good time”?

Why do we use the indefinite article in the expression "have a good time"? Time is an uncountable noun, and we never say "what a beautiful weather!", but "what beautiful weather it is!" Could ...
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Why do we use “the” in “the British” but not before “Canadians”? [closed]

Why do we use the definite article before most nationalities such as "the British" but we say "Canadians" without the? Specifically, why is it that, for example,... Canadians like maple syrup. ...
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Capitalising the definite article in names

When I was a youngster some mumble-mumble-mumble decades ago, I was taught that, in the instances of names of persons, places, and things which carried the definite article the, the article wasn’t ...
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What articles can I use with “maximum/minimum [noun]”?

There's a short piece of text whose heading is as follows: Maximum variability and openness The variability and openness should refer to the features of an application. Which article ...
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Small Question Regarding Article the or a [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any simple rules for article usage (“a” vs “the” vs none) I always don't understand which one to use, a or the or nothing. I got a ...
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“Green Park” or “The Green Park”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why there is “the” before some names but not others When do you use definite article with names of places? I have gathered from the Wikipedia article that ...
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Why did author use a different sort of articles in sentence, which describe a picture? [closed]

I am not a native speaker. I am doing a exercise "Answer the questions about the pictures" from my Grammar Book and I checked Keys at end of the book: I saw: In A the man is lying on the ...
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“The” and superlative of uncountable noun — “the clearest water”?

Uncountable nouns are usually used without an article. Superlatives require definite article. What comes out of these 2 rules when superlative meets uncountable article? We need an example, I hope it ...
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“Moved to trash” vs. “moved to the trash”

Would you choose as a notification message displayed to a user on a website "your messages have been successfully moved to trash" or "... the trash"? What is the difference and which one is more ...
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Ask Question or “Ask A Question”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do newspaper headlines use strange syntax rules? That is the question :-). This may be a nit-pick. But English Stack Exchange website button says "Ask Question". ...
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Cards against (the?) humanity [closed]

In the "cards against humanity" collocation, shouldn't the article the precede humanity, i.e. "cards against the humanity"? Does the word against somehow influence this situation?
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Use of article in front of product names

In English, a definite article is not typically used in front of company names, except if you want to refer to some particular building (e.g. I went to the McDonald's around the corner). However, ...
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What is the proper use of “The” in front of certain nouns?

I was reading a novel (The Stranger) that included the usage, “...speaking the French.”; another (Radio Free Albemuth) included, “We were listening to an LP of the Jefferson Airplane at that moment.” ...
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What effect does the article 'a' have on this fragment?

What do you think is the difference between: Achieve better work/life balance and Achieve a better work/life balance The discussion may be academic, but I know what my preference is, and I ...
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When to use articles and when not to? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Please use other door? Is "Stick no bills" correct English? “train approaching” What's with syntax in newspaper headlines? Well, I know the basic rules about using ...
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How can I say four different colors for five different items using “one”, “another”, “the other”? [closed]

Am I saying this correctly? There are five items in four different colors. One is in red, another is in yellow, another is in green, and the others are in black. Also, can I say: Two items ...
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Dedicated “To women” or “To the women”?

If I want to dedicate my article to all the women in the world, should I write "To women" or "To the women"?
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“Foos are menace” vs. “Foos are a menace”

One of my friends has this in one of his E-mail signatures: «"Kosher" Cellphones (cellphones with blocked SMS, video and Internet) are menace to the deaf. They must be outlawed!». Is this sentence ...
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“At the first” in the Bible

Why is the article the used in the following verse of the Bible? At the first God made the heaven and the earth. To me at first, which according to OED means at the beginning; in the initial ...
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Which is more common - 'the most' or 'most'?

A thing I have never had the time to look more closely into. But I find both variants: What I love most is ... or What I love the most is ... I think the more common form is 'the most', ...
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“not found” or “is not found”

Why there is file not found access denied and so on everywhere, when it should be (as far as I know) the file was not found the access is denied I wonder which is actually ...
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“You're missing the posts only available to members” — should there be a “the” in there?

Consider this sentence: You're missing posts only available to members. I think it should actually be You're missing the posts available only to members or at least You're missing ...
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Use of “The better”?

Disclamer: English isn't my first language. I learned during my English courses (a few years ago), that there is, as in French (which is my first language), a comparative and superlative version for ...
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“Create an Account” or “Create Account”

I have a registration form I want to name. Should I name it:  –  “Create Account”  –  “Create an Account” (or “Create the ...
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Should “the” ever be dropped from the beginning of a name/title?

Imagine two places exist, both called The Haunted Forest. How would I specify which forest is being referred? Would one say the northernmost Haunted Forest, or the northernmost The Haunted Forest? If ...
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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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Appropriate usage of articles for the same words in different sentences

When writing about the same thing in several sentences, mainly in definitions, I am often confused about when to switch from the indefinite article to the definite article. Which rule can be applied ...
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Who is Greek president vs Who is THE Greek President

Saw this in a quiz on Stuff. Surely the word "the" should be in there somewhere? But I get the feeling I've heard things like "US President Barack Obama" instead of "The US President Barack ...
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Is there a usage of “the” that indicates one out of a group of many?

Considering the sentence Nearly anything can be a weapon in a martial artist’s hands., the indefinite article a indiciates that this can be any martial artist out of all in the world. Next, consider ...
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“Everyone knows what a/the proton is” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any simple rules for article usage (“a” vs “the” vs none) Which is correct? Everyone knows what a proton is. Everyone knows what ...
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Using correct indefinite article before (in-line) parentheses [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “A/An” preceding a parenthetical statement This is rather question of readability: Which article should be preferred? There is an (seemingly) easy ...
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“This essay was translated from the Chinese” — what does this “the” do?

Chen Guangcheng is a special student at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute at the New York University School of Law. This essay was translated from the Chinese. Why don't they write: "This essay was ...
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Is it not that big a deal vs No big deal

I was just checking an advanced grammar and learned that the following is possible: It is not that big a deal 1) The book says I cannot skip the article. But how come in "ordinary" version there ...
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The correct way to say something is hired on an hourly basis

Which of the following is correct? We hire our bicycle... by the hour. by hours. by an hour. for hours.
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take into (an) account

Coming from an articleless language, I often have problems with things like this: take something into account take something into an account Are both phrases correct? If yes, is there a ...
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“From an attic of a building” vs. “from the attic of a building”

Could you choose the most natural sentence, please? As a kitten, she fell from an attic of a nine-storey bulding into a ventilation shaft. As a kitten, she fell from the attic of a ...
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Reading of the article “an” preceding quotations

Speakers often add “quote” or “quote, unquote” before quotations. But when a quotation is preceded by the article “an”, how should that article be pronounced? As I understand, the choice between “a” ...
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Conventions for parenthetical inclusion of articles

Somewhat related: "A/An" preceding a parenthetical statement When writing mathematics, one sometimes wants to write things like x is not contained in (the closure of) the space Y. The ...
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Boilt or boiled

Which word should be used here; 'boilt' or 'boiled'? When the mother came home, the dinner had already been boilt/boiled. I know that prepared/cooked/done are correct options, but I had to ...
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How do American English and British English use the definite article differently?

I decided to make sure that I know this important difference between American and British English, so I wrote what I have found out so far and I would be grateful to anyone who reads this and tells me ...
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“The existing and proposed manuals” vs. “the existing and the proposed manuals”

Which one of the following is correct? A comparison between the existing and proposed manuals is as follows. A comparison between the existing and the proposed manuals is as follows. Do ...
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“An (sweet) apple”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “A/An” preceding a parenthetical statement is the correct form A (sweet) apple because the article "A" precedes the word sweet, although it is put in ...
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Why “the Sun Tzu” instead of just “Sun Tzu”?

I am reading a military history text that repeatedly refers to "the Sun Tzu" but does not give similar treatment to other authors (an example is "Clausewitz and the Sun Tzu disagree on ..."). I have ...
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“Any” with countable nouns in questions

I have seen "is “any” also used with plurals", which explains that any can be used with singular, plural, and uncountable nouns. However, I want to ask specifically about questions. ...
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Why no article in the following? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Omission of “the” in “elected him president” and “made captain” I was reading a piece on Time and found the following paragraph where ...
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Using an appropriate article before the word “leadership”

I had a quick question. Recently a co-worker posted a how-to guide entitled "How to be a good leadership at work". To me the sentence seems incorrect. But I can't explain why. Technically leadership ...
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“Saying/doing it from your heart” vs. “Saying/doing it from heart”

What is the difference between the following two? They didn't play the game from their heart. They didn't play the game from heart. Or You didn't say that from your heart You ...
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Articles in a list

I saw a bear, a lion and a donkey. Is the usage of the article a necessary before each word in a list like this? Biggs set out Monday morning for one of his usual hiking and gold-panning ...