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definite article or not?

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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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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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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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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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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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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A people - is it correct?

Puls Biznesu reported that the idea of the book was to give a people an opportunity to communicate abroad in a universal language - pictures. Is it right to place the indefinite article "a" before ...
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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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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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“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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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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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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“… 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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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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When to use articles before adjectives in a sentence? [migrated]

I am struggling a bit with when I need to use a/an/the before adjective followed by a noun. I understand the rules for articles in general but I discovered that this particular case is always ...
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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 ...
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Why is it “Hungry Like THE Wolf”? [duplicate]

In the Duran Duran song "Hungry Like the Wolf", the definite article "the" is used instead of the indefinite article "a". Aside from artistic liberty, is there a reason this is done? What does "the ...
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Omission of articles

I came across this sentence: The function changes the size, position, and Z order of a child, pop-up, or top-level window. I would write it this way: The function changes the size, the position, and ...
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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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Is it “Click option Yes; Click button Proceed or ”Click the option Yes; Click the button Proceed"

It's clear that we need an article in cases like these: Click the X option, Click the Y button. But do you write an article in cases where the proper noun follows the regular noun: Click **the** ...
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“Has a value of” vs. “has the value of”

The basic problem The following types of expressions are ubiquitous, especially (but not only) in scientific and technical literature; note the indefinite article in the construction "...has/with a ...
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Why isn't a definite article used before “a labyrinth”?

The following is from NY Times. "The decline is the result of the rise of untraditional business structure, the effects of a more globalized economy, and a labyrinth of subsidies and tax ...
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Usage of indefinite articles in a sentence

Should we use articles highlighted in bold in the sentence below? A video, that not only engages but also impresses target audience with a unique story, worldwide achievements, touching ...
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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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Do “mens rea” and “actus reus” need an article?

In criminal cases, there exists two elements: a guilty mind (mens rea) and a guilty act (actus reus). Do these two Latin terms require a preceding article, and which would it be (definite/indefinite)? ...
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Usage of articles in a paragraph [closed]

If I will repeat some noun in this way: I'm publishing our project. A project, which restores company's credibility. A project which shows... Should the second "project" has an article the? Or ...
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“the average person” vs “an average person”

There's a question in a forum I frequent, and I'm trying to decide whether "the average" or "an average" is appropriate in its title. Let's say the question is: "Why is the average Canadian ...
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using article with the word Internet [duplicate]

When should I use the definite article with the word Internet and when omit the article? For example, "Before social media, Internet was a one-way channel where people could read content but not ...
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Difference between “society” and “the society”

I am not very clear on the difference between "society" and "the society". As far as I know, "society" (without "the") refers to a society that is more general. But I don't have a clear distinction ...
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the + consoles/devices

Doing some research, I have detected that: Articles are set in devices or consoles. The iPhone5 / The Xbox One However, the brand of these products does not have any article. iPhone / Xbox ...
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about the usage of “the” before a possession construction [duplicate]

There are examples I took from Murphy's English Grammar in Use, Unit 81B the Carters' house Mr and Mrs Carter's house I couldn't understand why the latter goes like that and not like "the Mr and ...
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Is the plural of 'a friend's book' 'a friend's books' or 'friend's books'? [duplicate]

this question concerns only the INDEFINITE article, I don't care for the definite article or 'of' forms here. In the following construction a friend's book a boy's toy a guy's car Question: do you ...
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Can you use “a” before “1/4” when there is no unit following?

I know you can say things like "a 1/4 inch hole" and similar, where the article belongs to the noun and not to the quarter. A colleague of mine is about to publish something like "a 1/4 of the people ...
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Is “Dumb thing's broken” grammatically correct?

I'm studying English watching Big Hero 6. The movie script has a line "Dumb thing's broken." (Hiro's line) My question is that if it's grammatically correct. As far as I know, the noun 'thing' is ...
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How to put articles to one adjective with multiple nouns

Suppose that there is a black cup, a black book and a black mouse. How should I put (an) indefinite article(s) to call all of them, while using an adjective black only once? A black cup, book and ...
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“A novel” or “the novel” in various contexts

Why should I use the in the first case and a in the second? The novel is the most popular form of fiction. A novel is a long narrative. My thoughts: For the first case I could think of the rule: ...