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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: ...
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Why is it “a President” when it's clear to anybody that it's refering to the present President? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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? ...