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What article should be used in such sentences?

What article should be used in the following sentence? He was English by [a/the/] blood. I feel there should be a zero article here, but I was taught that the zero article is impossible in ...
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The reasoning behind omitting “the” in “I'm (the) president of the United States.”

I understand you can say either I'm president of the United States. or I'm the president of the United States. I also know of a rule that you may omit "the" in front of a title, position, ...
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Use of article 'the' before author's name

Is is correct to write: 'Author Martin Amis describes...', or should we use the article 'the' in front of 'author'? Thank you very much in advance
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Is “a” mandatory in “I'm a whole new (Name)”?

Let's say, your name is Kate and you say "I'm a whole new Kate!" Now, can you drop "a" and say "I'm whole new Kate!"? Or is it mandatory to keep it?
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Do we say “I'm going to meet my friends in a park” or “I'm going to meet my friends in the park”? [closed]

I've had an argument recently whether one should say "I'm going to meet my friends in a park" or "I'm going to meet my friends in the park"? Assume that the other speaker doesn't know what park is ...
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Why do we use an article for “the mind,” “the heart,” or “the soul”? [closed]

A student of mine came across a website titled "Music for the Mind" and asked why we use a definite article. We are not talking about a specific mind. We also use definite articles to talk about "The ...
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“Planning for next year” vs. “planning for the next year”

I would like to start planning for next year. In the above sentence, there is no definite article before the words next year. Should it be present, as in the following sentence which sounds far ...
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Can you use an article in front of the word “software”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why don’t we use the indefinite article with ‘software’? Can you say "a software" or "the software"? E.g. That is how you use the software.
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“The” before acronyms and abbreviations

I saw several posts about usage of "the" before acronyms, but I still haven't found any answer on my question. Let's say I developed a System for Definitions' Retrieval (SDR). So, should I refer to it ...
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When can you use 'a same'?

When will we use 'a same', instead of 'the same'? Is it grammatical to say: We wore a same hat yesterday. We talked to a same teacher everyday.
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Do I need to add an article before the weekend?

When I’m going to have a weekend, do I have to say “It’s weekend.” Or do I need to add ‘a’ or ‘the’ in front of the weekend?
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“Is of the view that” vs. “is of a view that” [closed]

Is there any significant difference in the meanings of sentence 1 and sentence 2 below? Mr. Jones is of a view that the project is unnecessary. Mr. Jones is of the view that the project is ...
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Charles Dickens: “It was the best of times…” [closed]

It was the best of times… How to understanding this usage without using "the" (i.e. instead of "the best of the times")? How can we apply the same usage in everyday conversation? E.g. should we ...
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“has a wrong format” or “has the wrong format”

If I want to say that the content of a file is not right, should I say: The file has a wrong format or The file has the wrong format I am not referring to file extensions. I am referring ...
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Nouns and determiners

Are singular non-proper countable nouns always preceded by a determiner (a, the, some, any, this, that)? ORIGINAL QUESTION: "Dose singular no-proper [Are singular common] nouns always preceded by ...
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“king of” or “the king of”

Which is correct? I am king of the world. I am the king of the world. Additionally, which would be the better choice, if I wanted to use the expression "king" to signify dominance in a ...
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“Follow evolution” vs. “follow the evolution”

Is the article the needed in the following sentence and why? Want to follow [the] evolution of the project?
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Indefinite article for words starting with “E” An/A Ensemble [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use “a” vs “an”? which article should be used with the words which start with the letter "E" such as "Ensemble" ?
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Repetition of articles in a sentence

The following sentences use more than one adjective for a single noun. She has a black and white cat. It implies that the person involved here has only one cat which is black and white coloured. ...
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What weather! What a pity! - phrases with and without article - why? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any simple rules for article usage (“a” vs “the” vs none) ‘… the weather’ vs. ‘… weather’ “Bad weather doesn't exist” vs. “The bad weather doesn't exist” ...
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Should I use an article with the word “part”?

I’ve noticed that some people use an article with the word “part” and the bulk of them does not (at least at some web pages I skimmed through). Which is the correct variant? I think that parts of ...
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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 ...