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The difference between “a President,” “the President,” and “President.”

The New York Times (January 20, 2015) carries an editorial board article under the headline, “At the State of the Union, a President outgunned in Congress is still combative.” It begins with the ...
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Using the definite article with acronyms and initialisms

I'm wondering when to use or not to use the definite article, when using acronyms or initialisms in a sentence. Is there a rule for this, or does it depend on the context? For example, let's look at ...
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Warning message when user navigates away from a page [duplicate]

In my software, If user edits some content of a document and clicks close icon without saving the changes he made (i.e. without clicking the save icon first), the text of message that I display to the ...
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felicitous use of the definite article with the referent being familiar within the discourse (to the hearer?)

Quick questions: (1) The referent of the NP be either familiar within the discourse ... --- Why does it have to be 'within the discourse'? Can't it be familiar outside the discourse? I mean, what are ...
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logic of a since-clause that leads to the idea of the main clause as a reason

(If anyone could please help me with plain English, I would greatly appreciate it) I just don't understand why 'an entity typically ...' can be reason enough to support the notion of 'the vast ...
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Be at / in the / in hospital [migrated]

I have seen the difference between 'go to hospital' and 'go to the hospital'. Now what is the diffrence of the following three sentences Be at hospital. Be in hospital. Be in the ...
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The difference between “it” and “he/she”

There seems to be a difference between these two pronouns besides the obvious one of animacy. I want to know if people agree or can point out the flaw in my thinking. I've been attempting to wrangle ...
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“A positive influence on [the] circulation of blood”

What is the difference in meaning between the following? Habitual physical activity has a positive influence on circulation of blood. Habitual physical activity has a positive influence on ...
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successive “the” in connected words

I am wondering if it is possible to use only a "the" at the beginning of some successive nouns instead of using "the" for all the nouns; by the way of illustration: the system and law both contribute ...
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The use of the definite article “The”

The two men appeared out of nowhere, a few yards apart in the narrow, moonlit lane.            — Chapter 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: The Dark Lord According to this web site, ...
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“With use of” vs. “with the use of”

"Do you solve engineering problems with use of programming methods, or do you solve engineering problems with the use of programming methods?" Which one is correct? Are both wrong? If so, ...
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Why are religious texts (“The” Bible, “The” Torah, “The” Qu'ran) preceded by “The”?

Although English is my first and only language, I've always wondered why religious texts are preceded by "the", although they really can just be seen as pieces of literature (I'd rather not get into ...
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Question re: use of “the” before government?

Should one use "the" before government? Bringing change in government and its policies" For a country's government's policies, should one use "the" before country name only for US and not India? ...
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Are there specific rules to build expressions with or without articles?

In English, there are lots of expressions built using articles like: at the station to the cinema play the piano have breakfast (no article) take a bath take a shower Are there specific rules or ...
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Using the definite article before a country/state name

The Punjab is a rich state. Is it correct to use the before Punjab?
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Definite article before “cinema”?

I'd like to speak about cinema as an invention. Do we say The cinema was invented in 1895. or Cinema was invented in 1895.
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Do I need “the” before the name of my university in the header? [duplicate]

Do I need "the" before the name of my university in the header? Header: Politechnika Wroclawska - name of university in my language (the Wroclaw University of Technology) - translated name ...
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University names? [duplicate]

I have some questions concerning names of university. What is the difference between "The Poznan University of Life Sciences" and "Poznan University of Life Sciences"? Are there any grammatical ...
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“Cannot be pasted to [the] cells that are editable” [closed]

… cannot be pasted to the cells that are editable. … cannot be pasted to cells that are editable. Intuitively, I am inclined to think that second fragment is correct. The ...
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on the bus, in the car etc. vs. on a bus, in a car etc

I realize a lot of questions have been asked about buses here. While the thing with the preposition usage was resolved for me a long time ago, the usage of the articles is still confusing me. For ...
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What is wrong with the usage “We will hold the slot for the next 5 minutes”

Following sentence is from an email template that goes out to our customers. "We will hold the slot for the next 5 minutes" One of the customers said that the sentence should be: "We will ...
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Use of definite article [closed]

Are there rules that govern use of the definite article in these following cases? I have seen these being used both with and without articles. X told him to look into John's cupboard. This ...
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Do I use “the” or “a”? [closed]

Example: "Time for the/a big one (referring to a big (important) rugby match)! Do I use the indefinite article a or the definite article the? Thank you!
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Definite article or no definite article before “Americans” in this sentence from “The Adventure of English”

The Adventure of English, page 286, reads "The Americans are more polite about the English than the English are about Americans" I wouldn't use the definite article before "Americans" in this ...
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“You're missing the posts only available to members” — should there be a “the” in there?

Consider this sentence: You're missing posts only available to members. I think it should actually be You're missing the posts available only to members or at least You're missing ...
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The public that gathered on 19 December at the Maryinsky Theatre - is “the public” used wrongly here?

The public that gathered on 19 December, 1890, at the Maryinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg gave Tchaikovsky's The Queen Of Spades a very warm reception. (source) I'm investigating the senses of ...
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Definite article before an abstract noun

When is the definite article the appropriate before an abstract noun? In particular, I have the following examples. Which are correct? Case I In the Theorem 4.4, we prove property A for all ...
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“Both of you” vs. “the both of you”

When we refer to two people, which is right — "both of you" or "the both of you"? Are both the same or is there any difference between them?
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Superlative and definite article “the”

I have seen similar questions like this here on ELU. However, I am still confused with my particular question. (a) She gets up latest in her family. (b) She gets up the latest in her family. ...
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use of definite article before “waste” and “costs”

What is the correct use of the definite article for the following sentences: The new procedure reduces THE waste. The new procedure reduces waste. The new procedure reduces THE costs. The new ...
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“At minimum number of simulations”

In the fragment "...to obtain optimum VTs at minimum number of simulations", should it be "a minimum", "the minimum", or is it fine as written? Is this similar to the case of "a number" vs. simply ...
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Can an adjective change the use of zero versus definite article?

I have a little issue with the use of zero versus definite article, since I tend to abuse the former one. Consider the following sentences: The issue described above influences the quality of ...
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Is there a rule of thumb when to use “the” in front of universities? [duplicate]

I am writing biographies for some of my doctors. I have asked several people and have received several different answers. Here are a couple examples: Lee is a 2005 graduate of the University of ...
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Is it correct to say “the Congress”? [duplicate]

Why is Congress used without the definite article the?
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Are there cases when the word “best” as an adjective could be used without “the”?

That is an advertisement of one company, a banner. They write the name of the company and the second line goes like this "best ad designs". Is this line correct? or should there be a "the"? Is there ...
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Is a relative clause always a permission for “the” article to be used before its antecedent?

I have noticed that most often a relative pronoun such as who, which, etc. is used to further inform the reader about its preceding noun or noun phrase, e.g. 1-Do you know the girl who is ...
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Noun with the definite article as a subject of a sentence

Please, help me to clarify this question. Assuming that there are many books I owe to a person and some of them are here on my table, is it correct to say: "The books I owe you are on my table"? ...
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“Till the morning” or “till morning”?

Which of the following statements is more appropriate? You have to stay here till the morning. You have to stay here till morning. The second one seems more fluent to me. What do you ...
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Omission of “The” rule [duplicate]

I'd really appreciate some help in regards to this situation: "I was lucky enough to see the One Direction in concert". As native English speakers we know that the "the" is superfluous in this ...
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Is it “the fine arts” or just “fine arts”?

Is it "the fine arts" or just "fine arts"? Also, do I capitalize anything?
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Are there any simple rules for choosing the definite vs. indefinite (vs. none) article?

I can’t for the life of me figure out where to use a and where to use the — and where there is no article at all. Is there a simple rule of thumb to memorize? The standard rule you always hear: ...
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Omitting definite articles in prepositional phrases with specific objects

Hyphenated adjectives aside, is omitting the "the" in "on scene," "in studio," "on set" etc. any more or less correct than including it? My inquiry stems primarily from curiosity about the use of ...
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known as (a, the) - which article to pick?

A quote from the Economist: Part of this naturalistic approach is that the transistors in his systems often operate in what is known technically as the “sub-threshold domain”. May we use a ...
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Use of articles “the”/“a” [duplicate]

I went to the market and then I went to the Cafe. I went to a market and then I went a cafe In the above sentences, what is the difference in nuance between them a market/a Cafe, and ...
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using (or not) “The” before the name/title of the non-goverment organization

I'll be very grateful if you could help me solving this problem: Should a definite article be used before the name of the non-goverment organization? In a printed poster of an event, should an ...
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“In the late afternoon” why does it have “the ” here?

"In the late afternoon, we would often be visited by one or more of the failed Beat poets who always, very coincidentally, found themselves in the neighborhood.?" I have a question about the definite ...
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What is the difference in meaning between when using “the risk” and “risks” in the following sentence?

"Habitual physical activity reduces the risk of hypertension and diabetes." "Habitual physical activity reduces risks of hypertension and diabetes." What is the difference in meaning ?
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Do I need to add “the” in front of “reluctance”?

Do I need to add the in front of reluctance? Is the use of others right? The problem that this study addresses is that the reluctance of newly educated nurses to make their careers in hospitals ...