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Definite article with numbered nouns

I often encounter a problem with adding "the" or not. I had a proofreading teacher last year that gave us a concrete example as follows: Cows eat grass = Cows, in general, eat grass The Cows ...
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Definite article and ranking adjectives

I'm trying to systematize the use of 'the' with ranking adjectives like 'next', 'following', 'third', etc. What I know is usually ranking adjective is used with the: I will pay the next time we ...
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Articles in a list with an article before

If you have an article in a list (in this case, the), but an article (in this case, a) precedes the list, like so: You can power a command block by using a: button lever redstone torch ...
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“… multiple of **the** Lebesgue measure.” vs “… multiple of Lebesgue measure.”

I read in mathematical texts the two different versions of the same sentence, depending on the author. Which one is correct? If a measure is translation invariant then it is a multiple of Lebesgue ...
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Difference in pronunciation of “a team” and “A team”?

I noticed that I pronounce the A differently based on the intended meaning: I belong to the A-team. (like ey in they) and I belong to a team. (like a in apple) Are the pronunciations ...
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How to use the word “mainstream” in a sentence

Should we use "the" before the word "mainstream"? I have found some sentences on the internet and not sure if they are right and if they right then not sure why they are right without the word "the." ...
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Oversight or the oversight

Totally confused on the need for an article in front of "oversight". Google gives examples of all the different variations. Would appreciate help choosing the right one from the below. A. Operated ...
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Does “anathema” need an “an”?

Anathema is a nounRef. And, nouns generally need articles in certain kinds of sentences. Consider: Jane is _______. Then: Jane is a cat. is proper but Jane is cat. (no article) is not proper. ...
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agreeing articles and the noun in enumeration

I'm writing a technical paper, where I discuss the behavior of contacts between two slightly different materials. What is the correct way to write it: A contact between a green and a red balls A ...
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article usage with singular nouns [migrated]

Do I have to use a/an articles before singular nouns, always or can I eliminate them? Is this true? I saw dog yesterday.
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I'm having a question OR I'm having one question - Which sounds better? [closed]

Can anyone please tell me, what would be a nicer way to ask a single question to a project manager or a team leader? I'm having a question OR I'm having one question. Which one is preferable?
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“In thrall to” vs “in the thrall of”

If you are in thrall to someone or something, or in the thrall of someone or something, he, she, or it has a lot of power to control you. Cambridge Dictionary Why "in thrall to" but "in the thrall ...
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“All crocodiles in the Universe are green” or “All the crocodiles in the Universe are green”?

On the one hand, I know by experience that the first sentence is more frequent. But, on the other hand, I don't quite understand why. The objects under consideration are fixed uniquely. The naive ...
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Do I need to add an “a” before the noun “support” if it has an adjective before it?

Which of these is the right title for my scientific paper? Proactive support for XXX or A proactive support for XXX
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Correct title “Discovery, Localization, and Recovery from Faults”

I have a title for my Article. It is "Discovery, Localization, and Recovery from faults" I would like to know whether it is grammatically correct or not. The article discusses about some faults or ...
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Use of word “the” with “based on” and “noun + of + noun”

In the phrase: "based on the conversion process of modal distances", I understand that it is not necessary to use "the" after "based on", but also that it is usual to put "the" before the ...
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Use of articles in lists

I'd like to know if I can omit the definite article when I'm giving some sort of a list, like in this example: The company's reputation increases in the following cases: Interest on the ...
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How does definite article modify a noun?

I have a translation course this term and in it we review the English translation of various texts of eastern civilizations. We were stuck with translation of the opening verse of the Quran. "In the ...
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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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How do I know which article to use before a noun specified by a relative clause?

How can I explain the usage of the indefinite article in the following sentences? Thanksgiving is a day when we celebrate the harvest. New Year' Eve is a night when I have fun with my ...
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Using article 'The' in Noun + Prep + Noun pattern

I have a doubt of using the article (the) in the following context. Please tell me which version of the following two sentences is correct?. 1. A child pulled out **the** grass in the park near ...
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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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Why indefinite article with “imagination”? [duplicate]

Imagination can't be counted. But I have seen some people using the indefinite article in front of imagination. For example, "Everyone has an imagination." What makes that correct, grammatically?
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“You are asking a wrong person” vs “You are asking the wrong person” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “A wrong answer” vs “the wrong answer” Can I say "you are asking a wrong person"? A quick google search seems to suggest that this is wrong and you ...
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“A wrong answer” vs “the wrong answer”

In English, when presented with a list (real or imagined) or answers that could be given to a question, and the correct one is not given, we will say that somebody has given "the wrong answer". ...
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using the or a wrong formula [migrated]

I'm trying to conceive the difference between the use of a definite article and an indefinite article here. You are using a wrong formula (for the math problem). You are using the wrong formula (for ...
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Definite article or not [migrated]

I have a very quick question. I can't understand whether I should us the definite article with the verb "process" or not. Context 1: I'm at work and I'm talking to my colleague about what he is doing ...
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This book is the property of

I have hard time understanding why in this phrase, property is preceded with a definite article. As this book is one of many properties, the indefinite article sounds more natural, to me. Of course, ...
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“a” vs “an” preceding “LHS” and “RHS” [duplicate]

If in the context of a technical document in prose, "LHS" is used as a shorthand for "left-hand-side" and "RHS" is used as a shorthand for "right-hand-side" should these abbreviations be preceded by "...
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Should I put articles in the headlines of a CV? [closed]

For example, here: My contribution: Front-end development. (The) Project: Our team realized the most popular news resource for a big city.
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Publication title with “the” or without [duplicate]

I'm currently struggling which of the following two versions (I anononymized them) is the correct grammatical form for the title of a publication: Evaluating Safety, Cleverness and Fastness of ...
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What is the pronounciation of “the” before the vowel “e”? [duplicate]

How do you pronounce the vowel in the article "the" when used before "evil"? (American English)
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Definite Article with Prepositional Phrases

I am trying to learn how to correctly use articles in English. It is a bit hard for me since I do not have this concept in my native language. I am confused by two rules: the first rule is to use "a"...
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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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“part of” vs. “a part of”

Under the followng examples, are there differences of meaning or usage of "part of" and "a part of "? a) Three NYPD officers arrested as part of federal municipal corruption probe. b) Survivor said “...
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Which is correct: Muhammad Ali died in hospital VS died in a hospital?

Muhammad Ali died in hospital in Arizona, Watching NHK World News, I found the above sentence lacking "a" (article) before "hospital". Is this correct or should the indefinite article, "a", be ...
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“A/An” preceding a parenthetical statement

When a/an precedes a parenthetical aside (sometimes seen in informal/conversational writing), should the vowel rule depend on the first word in parentheses, or the next word in the "regular" flow of ...
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Can I use “this” instead of “the” in the given example?

I had an English exam today and there was this question: "The settlers moved onto the Indians' land, and while ____ two groups sometimes got along, they fought when food became scarce. a) the b) a c) ...
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“I would like to express a big congratulations…” Why ‘a’ before the plural form?

At school I was taught that before the plural form we don't use the articles a and an. So why do people use a before big congratulations? Examples: A Big Congratulations to Dr. Wei Cheng on His ...
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Use of “a” between adjectives and noun?

I am an easygoing, determined and (a?) fun loving person. I am an easygoing and (a?) determined person. What if we omit the a in the first sentence? Does it become incorrect? And what if we ...
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Hypothesis three or the hypthesis three

When we point to something by its number should we use the? e.g., when we want to point to the third hypothesis, should we use "then we validate hypothesis three" or "then we validate the hypothesis ...
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Choosing between “A” or “The”

I recently posted a picture on my facebook showing an image of a wallet with a married couple photograph in it. The image itself already had a funny caption. I added my own caption for the picture ...
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When gravitational waves were proven, we soon solved the last remaining questions “on”/“of” teleportation?

Which one is correct? "On teleportation" or "of teleportation". Obviously I want to say that teleportation is (since gravitational waves were proven) possible. Or are both solutions wrong? :D Thanks ...
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Why is an article present here?

I took a test on articles and scored 84%. Unfortunately, the site provides no explanation as to why I was wrong, so I kindly ask for your help here. Kumiko discovered that there were quite a few ...
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A + plural? Please help [duplicate]

I have come across this sentence in a CNN report. "We can't smell them because we have a measly five million sensors in our noses, but dogs have up to 300 million sensors in their noses." "...a ...
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Difference between 'all' and 'all the'

I came across people using all the in sentences instead of all. Select the type of user to view all the users of that type. All the users of the selected role are displayed. I usually strike ...
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definite article or not? [closed]

Does one say: "500 bags were stored inside container number MSCU 849817-5" or: "500 bags were stored inside the container number MSCU 849817-5" Thanks in advance for your replies and explanations ...
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Use of an with an acronym [duplicate]

Is it correct to write 'an'in the sentence "proud of being 'an' LSRite", where LSR is an acronym?
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Indefinite article with an abstract noun

I can't get how to use indefinite article with an abstract noun. I often see constructions like this one: indefinite article + adjective + abstract noun. I mean are there any rules when to use or not ...