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Second 'the' in the 'The Age of the Cathedrals' song title

Why does the famous song 'The Age of the Cathedrals' from the Notre-Dame de Paris musical have the second article 'the'? Shouldn't it be titled 'The Age of Cathedrals'?
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use of article before the word onset?

It happened due to 'an' early onset of the monsoon or it happened due to early onset of the monsoon. Are both correct? Is one wrong? and if anyone know what's the rule. I did a google search, and I ...
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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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Definite article before an abstract noun

When is the definite article the appropriate before an abstract noun? In particular, I have the following examples. Which are correct? Case I In the Theorem 4.4, we prove property A for all ...
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What is the proper usage of the article “a” when a pronoun begins with “the”?

I believe I am stuck with only these two options, but would appreciate an alternative usage. I am somewhat limited on sentence structure as this application is part of a mail merge document. The ...
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Should I use “the” before “…same… ” in this sentence?

Which one of these sentences is correct? Different instances of a class have different values for the instance variables of the class, but the values of the static variables are same for every ...
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…in (the) university?

I believe the following to be correct: What did you do in university? My student, however, asked me why it has no 'the'. I thought I had better ask folks here for the answer.
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Indefinite article before an adjective in form [number]-[something]

Which one of these is correct? We use two-stage compilation process. We use a two-stage compilation process. The second looks more formally correct, but feels strange. Perhaps this is better? ...
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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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Omitting article “the” in front of plural nouns

I'm helping someone learn English (second language), and I'm having trouble explaining when to use the and when not to. For example: Students learn better when teachers are passionate about ...
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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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Question on use of either/either the and both/both the

As a second-language learner of English, I have been encountering many English expressions that I cannot grasp intuitively, but could find the most sound answers to some of my questions. However, I ...
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Usage of preposition 'in' - St Petersburg at night

Which is the correct form of the following caption for a photo: Night beauty in St Petersburg St Petersburg night beauty Or does the right sentence have to be "A night beauty in St ...
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The use of article when an element is defined before

Assuming that a function f is defined, which one of the following statements is correct with respect to the use of article for "call"? I know that i is already introduced, but how about the call? ...
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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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The article before “adjective + person's name”

I am trying to write this sentence, but cannot decide if I should use a or the here: It would be minutes before [a/the] slightly agitated Mrs. Smith finally finds him in the crowd. If the ...
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Usage of an article in front of the structure “adjective + non countable noun.”

They blamed the accident on shoddy construction. They blamed the accident on a shoddy construction. - Are both of these two sentences correct? I think the usage of an article could be ...
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Non-use of Determiners

I have reviewed several related posts here but am still quite confused with the use of determiners. Say, in this sentence - "They reviewed the forms again to ensure completeness and accuracy." What ...
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Should articles follow “the … of” phrase [closed]

Which one is the proper form: The chapter of a book. or: The chapter of book. What are the rules and exceptions for skipping an article after "of" ?
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Does “Magna Carta” require an article?

I have seen (the) Magna Carta referred to both with and without an article, a distinction that doesn't seem to have any relation to nationality (i.e. I've seen British sources and American sources ...
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what article should go before specific games?

I came across an article in the below link about general and specific nouns General and specific Nouns My question is which article (grammar article) should go before these general, more specific, ...
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I need a list of geographical places where the article “THE” is used [duplicate]

I need a list of places where the article "THE" is used For example: The USA but not "the" India" Why does one country have the article the and the other not?
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Why is it: “A Unicorn” [duplicate]

Why is it a unicorn instead of an unicorn. Unicorn starts with a vowel and so shouldn't it be an?
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Pronunciation of a (article) /ə/ vs /eɪ/ [duplicate]

When to use the weak form /ə/ and when to use the weak form /eɪ/ of the article "a"? I figure if I would emphasize anything I wouldn't emphasize an article like "a", but rather, the noun (phrase) ...
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Can I use both “a/an” and “the” to point out same thing? [closed]

How can I use the indefinite article "a/an" to point out something and, to accomplish the same thing, use the definite article "the"?
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Why do we use the definite article in the expression “quite the [noun]”?

Like: "quite the singer", "quite the writer", etc. while he/she is just a singer/writer and is not the only singer/writer, etc in that context.
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Relevancy of article a in this example [duplicate]

When a new love blossoms, journey of life begins. In this sentence using the article 'a' is correct or wrong and why?
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Was or Were in a list of three [closed]

A man, a woman and a dog were in the park. or A man, a woman and a dog was in the park. ...and what's the rule please? Also, is there a difference if we write A man, woman and dog ...
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Using the words sunset and dawn

which of these phrases is correct? his practice ends before the dawn/sunset of a day in June or his practice ends before dawn/sunset on a day in June
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On page seven vs. on [a/the] page seven [closed]

Do I need to place an article in a phrase like: You could find it on [a/the] page seven. What is the corresponding grammar rule? Thank you in advance
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does an article precede a numeral adjective ? [migrated]

I know that we cannot put an article before the plural but, what if there is "one" before a numeral adjective noun phrase ? "a one boy" "one boy" "a one mass grave" "one mass grave"
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Is there a difference between articles and determiners?

I have heard the, a, and an referred to as both articles and determiners. Do these two terms mean the same thing, or are there some differences between them? Can a word be an article but not a ...
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Article before “two” with intervening adjective?

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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Article 'a' in a sentence twice [closed]

Please help me about this sentence: Friday local time, sending a dense a black cloud as high as 9,000 meters and a flow of hot gases and rock down the mountainside into the ocean. Why is the ...
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Use of the definite article with combinations noun+number when the number includes letters

I know that the definite article is not used with combinations noun + number, such as "Room 250" or "Platform 10", but what if the number contains also letters? For example: On 6 June [the] ...
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When to use 'al' in front of 'Qaeda'?

I've noticed over the years that certain publications use 'al' in front of 'Qaeda' in certain situations, and others do not. From the little I know, I understand that 'al' is the definite article in ...
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Is “education” a count noun?

I'm getting confused about these two sentences: The government should provide education to its citizens. She has received a great education since high school. I think education is an ...
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When to use “the” and when not? [duplicate]

Let's look at these two sentences: People are always looking for a bargain. The people have made their choice. Here come my questions: How can I be sure if I should use "the" or not? Are there ...
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Client or the client?

I am a programmer working on a solution composed of a service and a client application which will use it. There will be only the one dedicated application to work with the service. In our ...
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“Moments of best friends” or “Moments with best friends” [closed]

Best moments of best friends. I wanted to name a picture with this which was taken with my friends. Or will it be more correct if I say Best moments with best friends. And this sentence: ...
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Using “the” in a compound subject

The Software Engineers and the Electrical Engineers will work together in the project. The Software Engineers and Electrical Engineers will work together in the project. Which of these ...
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use of article a before pain

I have a doubt of using article a before pain.As pain is not countable there should not use article a but mostly book used article "a".can any one explain why?
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Why “be king”, not “be a king”? [duplicate]

I've heard people say "be king" (as in "I can't wait to be king") in movies and TV. Why don't they say "be a king"? Which is correct?
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We should use abbreviation full name with capital first letters in footnote? [closed]

Suppose that I have a abbreviation in a scientific article and using a footnote for full name. Which one is true? Abbreviation (in text): AHS Footnote1: American Healthcare Society Footnote2 : ...
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Question on using “the” with “future”

1. ...most intriguing question about the future of wireless communications... 2. What's your view about future of wireless? Is it possible to remove the from the first sentence or add the to the ...
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I have stomach ache vs I have 'a' stomach ache [closed]

I'm confused about this particular sentence, and other ones using ache,I know that 'I have a headache' is correct and works, but it sounds a little weird to me if someone says 'I have a stomachache/a ...
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“The President Obama” or “President Obama”? [closed]

I wonder which of these is right, or are the both expressions right? What do you think?
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Lowercase “moon”, “sun” and “solar system”? [closed]

From a grade school textbook: Good morning, children. I'm an astronomer. I study the stars and the planets. They're amazing! We live on the Earth. The Earth is a planet. It rotates all ...
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Using articles in a prompt

There is a prompt in a program What is the correct form of it? Enter height of a triangle Enter a height of a triangle Enter the height of a triangle Enter the height of the triangle