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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”

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 ...
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Use of “the” for generalisation vs specific [duplicate]

I had a friend recently ask me about the use of the particle "the" in different contexts that she was having trouble understanding and I found I was unable to explain the use. The lesson she had done ...
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Should I use “the” before “checkout”?

I currently develop an e-commerce website. I got confused about this sentence: use coupon code at checkout use coupon code at the checkout Which should I use? Is "the" neccessary?
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Use of the definite article in a date

Where is it appropriate to insert the definite article in a date? For example, how would I say that something will be delivered on Thursday, the 9th of July? For example, are the following sentences ...
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Using all with or without a definite article

In what cases does one have to use all with a definite article? Some examples: All the people in this world... Could you also please give a link to a reputable source that one can cite?
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Using word same without a definite article in technical documentation [duplicate]

Is the following phrase correct (in whatever sense): Geometries passed to this function must have same length the phrase is used in technical documentation so it would be especially useful to ...
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Use of definite article in cross-references

When referencing a chapter or section in a book, when should I use "the" in front of them? For example, considering the sentences: (The) Chapter 5 presents X and Y. or X, detailed in (the) ...
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“I remember a time” vs. “I remember the time”

I remember a time she was working as a waitress. I remember the time she was working as a waitress. Which of these is correct? And why?
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Second 'the' in the 'The Age of the Cathedrals' song title [closed]

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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(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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“treating the interference as noise” or “treating interference as noise”?

Which one is the proper term to use when talking about interference in wireless networks "treating the interference as noise" or "treating interference as noise"? We I check google scholars the ...
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Where are you going? [duplicate]

I am going to school. I am going to the school. I'm going to my school. Clearly, number 2 is grammatically wrong but has its exceptions. What are they? Also, students would number one. Do ...
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Using definitive article or possessive pronoun?

I have the following sentence: By selecting an element, a dialogue box opens in which the user selects or defines distinguishing features of the anchor node based on the node’s attributes (e.g. id ...
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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 following link about general and specific nouns General and specific Nouns My question is which article (grammar article) should go before these general, more ...
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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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Definite article with job position and name

This is one of the banners that one might have spotted in Minsk, Belarus these days: It says "WARM GREETINGS TO PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDIA PRANAB MUKHERJEE" Several non-native speakers had ...
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“The” before geographical names

Why do we put THE before "Far East" but we don't put THE before "South East Asia" but both are the names of parts of Asia? Looking forward to your answers!
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Which one is grammatically correct, with “the” or without “the”? Why? [closed]

An Introduction to the History and Principles of Heraldry. An Introduction to History and Principles of Heraldry. Which one is grammatically correct, with "the" or without "the"? Why?
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Why is the definite article used here?

They ran to the door of the cellar, but Toto was afraid, and he ran under the bed. — Chapter 1 of The Wizard of Oz(Oxford Bookworms Library Stage 1) In this book, There is no bed that has ...
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Rank 2 in National Ph.D. Entrance Exam vs. Rank 2 in the National Ph.D. Entrance Exam

Is this grammatical? I want to put it in my resume but I'm not sure whether it is grammatical and natural or not. Rank 2 in National Ph.D. Entrance Exam 2015 Top Student in M.A. Program (GPA: ...
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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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Definite article in Maths: “(the) function f”

Is the definite article correct/necessary in sentences like the following? A line that intersects (the) circle C. We can see that (the) function f has a maximum at x=0. Draw a line past (the) edge E. ...
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Should I use “the” in a list of multiple subjects? [closed]

Which of these sentences is correct? The assets of the thesis are the parser library, tag library and external database, which can be used in other applications. or The assets of the thesis ...
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Is “the” needed with the word “code” used in a general programming sense?

Basically, me and my colleagues (not native English speakers) had a discussion on whether we need "the" or not in this sentence: Administrative / system passwords shouldn't be used in the code. ...
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Why do people omit the definite article?

I'm used to always hearing or seeing a definite article before certain nouns. Yet on certain occasions the article is totally omitted, and it bothers me. I'm wondering what the justification for ...
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“A History of Britain”: Why the indefinite article? [duplicate]

There is a movie called A History of Britain. Why is the indefinite article used? I have always thought in such cases the article must be definite because a country's history (or that of anything ...
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Definite article in front of “nineteenth-century United States”? [duplicate]

Should it be: In nineteenth-century United States, many railroads were constructed. Or In the nineteenth-century United States, many railroads were constructed. Certainly if America were ...
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Does “on earth” replace “on the earth” in modern English?

I am a non-native English speaker. Since school, I was taught "on the earth" is equal to "in the world", and "on earth"'s meaning should be "indeed". But nowadays, I find "on earth" has replaced "on ...
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What's the rule behind the use of the articles to refer to something in general? [closed]

I'm very confused about the use of English articles in generalisations with singular countable nouns. I read in a grammar book that in case of the word 'man' - the rule is that, if you want to say ...
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Using the definite article “the” in a particular sentence

Is it absolutely necessary to use "the" or "his"before the word "illness" in the following sentence to make it correct? Last winter Victor got such a serious infection that it took him two ...
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Why 'the' in front of a company name [closed]

The sentence I have written is "IBM team uses CVS for storing the source code of the project". Should I add "The" in front of the the word "IBM". I am advised to do like that. Is it correct?
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“Both the drivers” versus “both drivers” [closed]

Context: there were two drivers in a single vehicle driving along a test track. Then the vehicle overturned and the drivers were injured. Which sentence is correct: “The vehicle overturned injuring ...
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Should a definite article be used when referring to a line of an algorithm

In scientific articles an article is usually omitted when referring to figures, tables, etc. and a capital letter is used. For example I would state: "The data are shown in Figure 1." I have an ...
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Omitting repeated definite article

Is it grammatically correct to omit the second "the" in the sentence The viscosity and the density of water characterize its speed. and write instead The viscosity and density of water ...
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Why not “on a street”? [closed]

Why do people say "I met him on the street" instead of "on a street", even though they're talking about a street for the first time and another person doesn't know what exact street they mean?
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Use of “THE” article in passage

In some passage, I've noticed that the "the" article is used before some words at the first time but it is not used at the second time before the words. As example, In this passage: You ...
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Mars orbits Sun [duplicate]

Why do we call the star in our solar system "The Sun" when all other celestial bodies are addressed simply as Jupiter, Neptune, or Sagittarius A Star? Ex: The Saturn has many rings. Incorrect Ex: ...