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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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“The” in front of activity nouns

I'm getting quite lost on the usage of the definitive article "the" in front of activity nouns like "analysis". Which one of the following is correct and why? A. Joe Bloggs is responsible for ...
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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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“the” residents or residents?

I'm curious about the difference 'the' makes in the following: Before the hurricane hit, [the] residents were evacuated to a safe town. I suspect that the 'the'-less version is compatible with a ...
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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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Repetition of the definite article “the”

Please find the agenda of the talk and the profile of the speaker. I think the "the profile" can be simply "profile". Is the second "the" necessary in the above sentence?
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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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How does the pronunciation of 'the' vary in British English?

In the months leading up to the UK Referendum, I've heard the phrase "the E.U." thousands of times, and I've noticed that nearly all media-speakers pronounce it as /ðəʔiːjuː/. My memory, and my old ...
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Definite article

I noticed that in titles "the" is often omitted. For example: "Structure of something", not "The structure of something". I wonder if in my title: "Oogenesis in amphibians: (the?) structure of the ...
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THE taking the bull by the horns

There is "taking the bull by the horns" and "the taking of the bull by the horns" is not incorrect. But may there be "the taking the bull by the horns"? That is to ask, does the direct object the bull ...
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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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Definite article in front of button names

I am writing a manual for an application. The manual describes how to operate a piece of software. Often I write sentences like: Press "Compute" button, then change to "Statistics" tab. My ...
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Why is “I like to study the English” wrong?

Recently I noticed that one of my foreign friends who is studying English is struggling with the usage of "the". An example of a mistake she makes is "I like to study the English too because it is fun!...
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Space vs the space [closed]

Talking about the(?) space as somewhat out of the Earth's atmosphere, should one Use article "the"? write Space or space? Thanks a lot!
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Is that “the most” or just “most” to be used for a superlative of an adverb?

I wonder whether to use the determinant "the" when it is to be used for superlative of an adverb as follows: (A) These neurons innervate most densely to layer 1. (B) These neurons innervate ...
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Should we say “the Kraken” or just “Kraken”?

From Wikipedia, "In Norwegian and Swedish, Kraken is the definite form of krake." Since "Kraken" is already the definite form, why do we add a "the" prior to "Kraken"? Or "Kraken" is a word taken from ...
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Using the definite article “the” with Company Name + Group denominations

Is it correct to use the definite article "the" with Company Name + Group denominations, like "the ExxonMobil Group", "the Total Group", "the General Motors Group"? Or is it better without, like "...
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Usage of article and grammatical number for the term “same name”

I'm writing a technical documentation which should describe in a short sentence that I'm trying to find all groups of files from a set of files where all files within a group share a common (but ...
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at / in / in the - daylight / twilight

While most of the nouns denoting parts of the day are used either with "at.." or "in the.." prepositions (in the morning / afternoon / evening / daytime; at nighttime / noon / night / midday / ...
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Meaning of word with definite article the for a facebook page? [closed]

Decorating cake is my hobby and am planning create a facebook page and a website to showcase this. Just listing out some names, can you please give me your feedback about these names? Cake Fairy Vs ...
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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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Would 'play drums' and 'play drum set' be allowed in North American English in certain settings?

So far the discussion about 'play + the + (the name of a musical instrument)' as opposed to 'play + (the name of a musical instrument)' is hotly held at places, and it seems the version without 'the' ...
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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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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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Can you tell me the difference between these two sentences? I don't like the music he listens to. The work he did in Manchester was boring. [closed]

What do you call the clause/phrase "he listens to"? It's not an apposition, is it? Both parts of this sentence depend on each other, don't they? Neither can I say "I don't like the music." nor "he ...
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Did 'the' in 'the which' mean anything?

Because OED's entries for this archaic definite article + relative pronoun 'the which' only redirect to definitions of 'which', am I correct to infer that 'the' meant nothing semantically in 'the ...
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Omitting articles in nouns - prepositions; after; to; before; from

Why is the indefinite article omitted here? Could it be the definite article, but omitted? Like in the following case in an instruction: Grasp drumstick. Place knife between thigh and body; cut ...
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“of utmost importance” vs “of the utmost importance”

Which one is the correct form between "of utmost" and "of the utmost"? Your attendance at the meeting is of the utmost importance. Your attendance at the meeting is of utmost importance. ...
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“depending on something” … singular or plural

I'm writing a paper in which the experimental results with two different antibodies are compared across different brain regions. I want to write something like: We used antibodies A and B for ...
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Usage of definite article with nationalities [closed]

Bering's men found Eskimos in Alaska. or Bering's men found the Eskimos in Alaska. Which is right?
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Why is it “time of day” but “hour of the day”?

Well, the title is a little misleading, because both "time of day" and "time of the day" are possible and can have the same meaning.[here] But "time of day" is more commonly used (when we're not ...
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The definite article before a noun, if another noun + a numeral are present before as an identifier?

I know that one may not use the definite article before "noun + numeral" constructs, like "floor six", "room twenty five" etc. But should it be used in constructs where "noun + numeral" are like an ...
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The definite article with geographical terms

I know in English you can use the definite article with geographical expressiones such as the sea, the country, the land, the city, the beach, the seaside, but what about other geographical terms? Can ...
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Definite article before “media”

Should this question use the definite article before "media"? Does the media influence us? Does media influence us? Are these both OK? I have seen both being used.
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Definite article with abstract nouns [duplicate]

Is there a way one can determine whether to use the definite article before an abstract noun? For example: little room for imagination such concepts as subjectivity and imagination the ...
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Why do definite articles seem implicit in English?

I was thinking about the translation for "life" (as in everyday living) in french which translates "vie". However, in spoken language you would always refer to "la vie" in french and never to "the ...
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Is there any difference between 'in the control of “ and ”in control of"

For example: the terrorist is in the control of the government the terrorist is in control of the goverment
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Usage of the definite article with a named entity

It must be a dead easy question. Working on a web-site, I have an internal entity, which called, for example, Place. Every place has a unique name. I want to make a message when a user wants to ...
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Articles: “a” or “the” with “second assumption”?

I wonder if I have to use a, or the when I introduce two assumptions in an academic paper. For example, in an introduction section of an article it tells us that there are two assumptions that the ...
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“0/the lazy/clever Peter”: definite article with modified proper names

In some grammar book I read: The use of articles with names of persons modified by adjectives is varied. In most cases no article is used with names of persons modified by the adjectives old, young, ...
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The definite article usage in a sentence

Please have a look at the sentence below: This is the popular song of Taylor Swift. To me, if there isn't any specific song related to that singer known as "popular", the usage of the here is not ...
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When is dropping the definite (or indefinite) article permissible and why?

I seem to be obsessed with those today. Okay, here goes: From The Ballad of Reading Gaol, by Oscar Wilde: And I and all the souls in pain, Who tramped the other ring, Forgot if we ourselves ...
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“The office of the President” or “the office of President”?

I know this one by heart: it is Section 1 of the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It sounds perfectly natural to me. I don't know why, though. Here: Section 1. No person shall be elected ...
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Does an abstract noun take “articles” before it?

We're taught that abstract nouns don't take any articles before them. But we have sentences like - Speak the truth. and Don't tell a lie. Why do abstract nouns like "truth" or "lie" ...
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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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Repetition of article before the same noun [closed]

Which phrase is more correct between: "At high speed the increase is not relevant, while the directivity of noise pattern is significantly altered by blade re-design. On the contrary, at low speed ...
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My favourite animal is a dog, the dog or dog [duplicate]

I consider myself a pretty advanced English teacher and user. Nonetheless, I've recently found myself in a pretty difficult spot trying to explain which of the following sentences is correct: My ...
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“One of previously used” vs. “one of the previously used”

Now you can select your username in one of the following ways: Enter it manually. Use one of the previously used By previously used it means previously used usernames but I do not want ...
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Grammar, use of “the” [duplicate]

Why does one say "Lake Maggiore is in northern Italy" (and not The lake Maggiore) and "I often go and visit the Colosseum when I'm in Rome" (with the)?