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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

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 ...
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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)?
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Should “the” be used in this sentence?

To make right decisions, see the big picture first. In this sentence (slogan), do you need to place "the" before the word "right"? We're having a discussion here and some people think that you ...
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Definite article with the superlative degree of adverbs

Our rotary telephone is the least frequently used device in our house. Ben moved most quietly as the boys walked down the darkened ally. In the first sentence a superlative adverb is used ...
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What article should be used at the beginning of the sentence about an object unknown to others?

I've started to write some story and at the beginning of that I'm faced with an issue. I'm not clear understanding what the article (the definite article or indefinite one) should be used when my ...
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Should I put “The” before “Another”?

Suppose I want to write in an academic paper, We have two ways to approach the problem. One approach is use .... Another approach is to ... Should I put the article 'the' before another?
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Who's holding the honey jar?

The following is a excerpt from William Cowper's translation of Homer's Iliad (Homer being the Greek poet, not the cartoon character, in this case): So saying, he cast his sceptre on the ground ...
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You have “the right” to remain silent vs “a right”

When you google "Miranda warning", the first thing you see is a clip of Wikipedia explaining what it is briefly: The "Miranda warning", which can also be referred to as the "Miranda rights", is ...
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How to use the definite article “the” when listing a number of things

One of the most difficult things for non native speakers are the definite / indefinite articles. I have doubts how to use the definite article when listing few things. The particular sentence is: ...
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Using or omitting the definite article

I have a sentence translated to English: Identifying multi-step attacks based on a variety of security events, focusing on the real threats. I can not find any reasons to use the definite ...
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Definite or indefinite articles in this case?

If someone asks me what I am studying, what article should I use? Would it be: I am studying an MSc/a masters in Statistical Research Methods or I am studying the MSc/the masters ...
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“the deed” “the mortgage” can they convey general meanings?

I reckon there are three types of general meanings in English using the definite article: (1) The I-phone is a popular gadget nowadays. (2) The steel industry is the business of producing steel. ...
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“The two days” or “two days”?

The video for American singer Taylor Swift's new song "Wildest Dreams" has been viewed more than 10 million times in the two days since it debuted. I would like to know why the was used ahead of ...
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Using “the” or “a” for an item already mentioned

I was reading a topic article in a English grammar book. In an explanation, the following guideline was mentioned: Use the to refer something that has already been mentioned. While I was ...
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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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Is it wrong if I don't omit 'the' when there are multiple 'the' items?

Someone claims that the following is ungrammatical: We focus on the parameters of the representative frequency, the composition of sounds and the sequence complexity. They claim it should ...
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“the witness that testifies for passing of time.” Why *for* instead of *the*?

I have the sentence below: "History is the witness that __________ passing of time." a. testifies the b. testifies for c. will testify for d. be meeting I confidently answered a, ...
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“The bill, please” or just “Bill, please”?

Which short way of asking for a bill is correct? Bill, please! The bill, please!
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Did English have any plural articles in the past?

I am curious as to whether English had any plural articles like in French with "les" and "des".
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Capitalization of “the” in “the Bible” [duplicate]

Which of these is correct capitalization? Mrs. Ohana gave me the Bible. Mrs. Ohana gave me The Bible.
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Why is using the definite article with certain demonyms used as prospective evidence of racial discomfort?

For a certain kind of person, using a construction with "the" and a demonym is hopelessly archaic, indicative of some sort of racial discomfort on the part of the speaker. For example, to say, "I am ...
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When the article the is used before theorem names

When writing math papers, one sometimes has to refer to some famous theorems, for instance, the Pythagorean theorem. Shall I write "by Pythagorean theorem", or "by the Pythagorean theorem". When ...
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How does the use of a definite article change the meaning of following sentences?

My niece is in hospital. My niece is in the hospital. Both the sentences look good to me. Is there any difference between the two sentences? Although I know the difference but the real question ...
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the usage of the definite article

Dorothy lived in the middle of the great Kansas prairies. 1)Why is the definite article used in front of "Kansas prairies"? 2)What does the adjective "great" mean in this sentence? It means "big ...
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Die of pig measles vs. Die of the pig measles

I am editing a short story text that was written in the the 1930's. The setting is rural, and the characters are somewhat backwards. One character advises an acquaintance to die "of the pig measles" ...
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article problem

Apart from disposing of rubbish carefully and changing the water that hold plants every week, name two other methods to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water. Can I omit the "the" before ...
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Using the definite article vs no article

I come across many sentences that I fail to undertand why the authors have used the definite article, the. For example, look at the following sentence. This is the first sentence (in introduction) of ...
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Definite and indefinite articles when referring to generic abstract objects

My classmate wrote a text about zoos in general, and the word "zoos" in plural form is mentioned many times in it. Later in the text he uses singular form "zoo" two times with indefinite articles, and ...
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Using The in adjective/relative clause

According to this link and this one, in adjective/relative clause we should use the before the noun we are defining, that is because for example in the sentence below, I was happy to see the ...
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A recent trend in pronouncing “the” [duplicate]

I have observed a recent trend to pronounce "the" as "thuh" even if it is followed by a vowel (as in "thuh evening.") Is this regional (I live in Alabama) or national? I think it's the latter. And ...
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Using “a” or “the”?

everyone. When referring to a person, are there any firm guidelines when it comes to the use of "a" or "the" after the comma that follows their name? To clarify: Recently, I was writing an ...
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Using the word poetry with “the”

I'm trying to say that someone wrote a certain type of poetry that he particularly liked. Is it correct to express it like the following? In those days he was mainly writing the lyric poetry that was ...
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Definite article with the names of trains

I've heard and seen train names that consist of common nouns take a definite article (eg: the Orient Express, the Sabarmati Express, etc., according to Wikipedia.). I don't know if it's the same case ...
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A definite article before government institutions

I know English uses a definite article with the names of government institutions (eg: the White House, the State Capitol and the Pentagon, etc.). But I don't know if it's the same case with the names ...
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Grammar - Scientific English (Physics) [duplicate]

I have a question about scientific English. I wonder when to use the article "the" when you refer to a physical quantity or to a formula. I promise that I have looked into so many manuals, but I am ...