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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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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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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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“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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Definite/Indefinite or Zero Article?

Should I use any article before "adjective" in the following sentence? Semantic field of adjective "black" in Chinese and Russian languages.
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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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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 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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a before a vowel is possible? [duplicate]

I have come across a couple examples before and I thought they were typo errors. But I've just read this by the Washington Post. "The ex-wife of the 29-year-old man suspected of killing 50 people ...
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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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“The fruit from California” or “fruit from California” (use of article) [duplicate]

What is the correct usage of the article in the sentence "(The) fruit from California is sent all over the world"? On the one hand, there is a limiting definition (i.e. "from California"), so the ...
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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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“A” or “the” in this sentence? [migrated]

A letter written in Spanish addressed to a person who doesn’t read Spanish can’t be considered communication until it’s translated into a language the person does read and understand. Shouldn't it ...
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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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which is correct “in section” or “in the section”? [migrated]

When we write a text and we mention about sections which one is correct? - "You can find smth in section 2 of the text" or "in the section 2" and why? should we rather use "you can find smth in the ...
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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 ...
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“cDNA as template for standard PCR” and the preposition “as”

This question may be a tad technical but I don't know where better to ask it, so here goes. All dictionaries I have say that the word "template" is a countable noun and this is pretty much consistent ...
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Which one is correct: “are (the) buses” vs “is (the) buses”?

This was a question from a test given to our students. The question was "What do you think the best form of transportation is for your city" Most of the students answer in this manner: "I think the ...
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Scientists found VS Scientists Find [duplicate]

I am not a native English speaker and today I came across that article title: "Scientists Find A “Weak Spot” In HIV That May Pave the Way to a Vaccine" So, is "Find" used in the correct tense? ...
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have (a) sequence identity of at least 90%

Would you say the sentence below sounds natural without the indefinite article "a"? The protein must have (a) sequence identity of at least 90% with XXX. Constructions like this usually take "a" ...
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Definite article — “on television” vs. “on the radio”

Why are these different? We heard the news on the radio. We watched the news on television. In this book, the author says we must use television without the. Why? It makes me crazy. Is ...
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Can a number with a 'th' suffix not have the 'the' prefix?

I am writing a journal article that has statements with a similar structure (The sentences aren't the same but the structure is): I was born on the 7th day of the 11th month. I liked the 3rd and the ...
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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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Pronouncing the definite article

The definite article is mostly pronounced 'thuh' before a noun beginning with a consonant (thuh chair), and 'thee' in front of a noun beginning with a vowel (thee apple). Question 1: what is the name ...
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“In the case of” or “In case of”

I am wondering whether "in the case of" is a correct expression. I know "in case of" can be used, for example "In case of an emergency" but when would be appropriate to use "in the case of" as long as ...
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Use of 'an' vs 'a' [closed]

I am a little confused around the usage of an vs a I know the basic vowel rule but the following are the usages that confuse me.Can someone please tell which of the following are correct and the ...
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Article usage the vs zero article

In the following sentence: "I am against animal cruelty." Why don't we say the animal cruelty since technically it is a specific type of cruelty - "animal" cruelty. Thanks
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Where can I ommit “a” and “the” articles? [duplicate]

Should I allways use "a" article, when something is indefinite? And should I allways use "the" article, when something is definite? Where can I ommit these articles?
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Definite/Indefinite articles: “first mention” vs “specific object”

Rules say Use A(AN) when talking about a thing which is new, unknown, or introduced to a listener for the first time. At the same time, they say The definite article is used when the speaker ...
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Definite article “the” with places/buildings [duplicate]

Could you tell if this is correct? Why sometimes the names of schools, museums and churches have the definite article while the others have not? Kazimierz Wielki Primary School in Przedbórz ...
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Definite Article in front of the word 'better' [closed]

Is it wrong to have 'the' in front of the word 'better'? Can someone help me sort this confusion out? Case in point: "Ella is the better of the two sisters" vs "Ella is the best of the two sisters". ...
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The absence of an article in “it's always been challenge” [closed]

Is it actually grammatical to do without an article before "challenge" here: A road, it's always been challenge That's what can bring you a lot of grieve.
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Usage of “a” and “the” in titles

Which one should I use for page title? Apple — Tasty Fruit Apple — A Tasty Fruit Apple — The Tasty Fruit The article is only about tasty apple.
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Is it “a user” or “an user” [duplicate]

Since user starts with a vowel shouldn't we use "an" ? I've seen many cases of using "a" .
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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 ...