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Why does the Sudan have a “the” in the name?

I am endlessly perplexed why the country Sudan has a the in the name: "I am from the Sudan". Why not "I am from the Kansas" or "the China"? I understand the the in "the United States" because a ...
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Should you use two definite articles in “the Wigner-Ville and Li-Katar distributions”?

Which one is right? the Wigner-Ville and Li-Katar distributions the Wigner-Ville and the Li-Katar distributions Assume that both Wigner-Ville and Li-Katar are distributions.
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How to use of “the” with some equations? [duplicate]

I am thinking which one you should use A Lorem ipsun which is the Wigner-Ville transform. B Lorem ipsun which is Wigner-Ville transform. Some says that the first but I like the last one ...
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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, what is a ...
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“The day of” into “a day of”

Is this grammatically correct? The day of rest became a day of violence when a bomb exploded in a Belfast cafe. Or is this better? A day of rest became a day of violence when a bomb exploded ...
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Definite article usage: “I'm going to mosque” Or “I'm going to the mosque”?

AS Hornby says in one of his books that we should always use the before mosque, and temple unlike church. When we go to a church for prayer, we say I am going to church while we say I am ...
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Article - “a” or “the” or plural for countable nouns?

I think a countable noun are usually of the following 3 forms: the + countable noun (single form) a + countable noun (single form) countable noun (plural form) I am confused about which to pick ...
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quote from the TV show Terra Nova

Here's the scene. Two teens are sitting at a bank of a river and cutting some cretaceous fruits for moonshine. The guy: What is this? (meaning the thing he's cutting the fruits with) The girl: ...
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When to use a definite article in the name of a ship

To use examples from Star Trek, the original series and The Next Generation called their ships "The Enterprise", Enterprise varied between "Enterprise" and "The Enterprise", Deep Space Nine always had ...
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“The title of Bachelor of Engineering” vs “the title Bachelor of Engineering”

... obtained the diploma and the title of Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.). ... obtained the diploma and the title Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng). Which sentence is correct? Which is ...
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“Which stage is most desirable?” or “Which stage is the most desirable?”

Which sentence is correct? Should I put "the" before "most"?
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Is it necessary to use “the” before using verb

'The' is usually used before a noun. But in sentences that refer to specific action, is 'the' necessary? Example: The release of the bending moment results in opening and closing of the pipe.
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Definite article “the” before name of university? [duplicate]

If I write article "the" before name of university, it would be a mistake? The Poznan University of Life Sciences Thank you for your help in advance.
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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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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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Is it better to use a plural noun or definite article?

For example: Multicopters belong to a family of aircraft called rotorcraft, which also includes helicopters, and although they appear to be similar, the multicopter's design is mechanically much ...
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Other/the other confusion in a sentence

Consider the following sentence (it is a real medical condition) These people have blue skin. We should let them get in touch with other sufferers. I would prefer using the other sufferers as ...
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Orthography of definite-article contractions in the Yorkshire dialect

In the Yorkshire accent the definite article is shortened to just t. E.g. 'I went on the bus' becomes something that sounds like 'I went ont bus'. How does one punctuate this? Is it 'I went on t'bus', ...
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Is the use of the definite article in English peculiar compared to other European languages?

Example: The novel by Gabriel García Márquez is titled "El amor en los tiempos del cólera", which, if transliterated to English, should be "The love in the time of the cholera". But in fact the ...
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Is “please find enclosed the attachment” grammatical? [closed]

In my office everyone uses "Please find enclosed the attachment" in emails. I can't digest the "the" between "enclosed" and "attachment". Is the sentence grammatical?
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“Them” as a plural definite article

Hey, teachers, leave them kids alone! Intuitively "them" here sounds like it works like a plural "the". Which varieties of English is this usage found in? When it occurs, does it encode a ...
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Need for using the article “the” before “United States of America”? [duplicate]

Usually, we do not use the definite article, the, before names of countries but we use the before "United States of America". Is there a specific reason for using the article before the country ...
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Primary determinant for deciding if you should use ‘the’

In the following dialog, both ‘the people who we don’t know’ and ‘Ø people who we don’t know’ might mean either ‘all the people who we don’t know’ or ‘some of the people who we don’t ...
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The definite article 'The' is necessary for the following bold lines? [closed]

Maehara et al, 2011 conducted a research on isolated endophytic fungi/sp from the quinine bark. What is the specific reason if I have to omit 'the' in this context?
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Use of the definite article before a person's name or pronoun

Hey native English speakers, My question is regarding the use of the definite article before a person's name, as in Realtime with the Bill Maher on HBO (youtu.be/I9HCbOmwndA?t=8m40s) or in the ...
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“The dead” vs. “the dead people”

Which one of these is correct: The dead were buried near the village. The dead people were buried near the village. I tend to think that both are fine, however in my test I chose second ...
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'of all the reasons' vs. 'of all reasons'

Given: Of all ____ reasons for my decision to become a university professor, my father's advice was ____ most important one Which of the following choice is correct? A: the; a B: /; a C: ...
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“the average person” vs “an average person”

There's a question in a forum I frequent, and I'm trying to decide whether "the average" or "an average" is appropriate in its title. Let's say the question is: "Why is the average Canadian ...
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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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Is the expression “the dead of night” or “the dead of the night”?

I always thought it was just "the dead of night" - no "the" following "of"(unlike "heat of the night"). But I recently came across "dead of the night" and I'm wondering if its correct.
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Why is the sentence “The sheep 'stray' when the gate is left open” incorrect? [closed]

The sentence should be written as "The sheep strays when the gate is left open". Does the use of the definite article, the, always makes the grammar number singular?
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Definite article with “signs of strange weapons” [duplicate]

A police officer is discussing a case, after returning from the crime scene: 'Hardly that,' said he, 'when I saw signs of strange weapons I was inclined to think so.' Referring to those signs of ...
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General Party Secretary of the CCP, Xi Jinping, called for the revival of the Chinese spirit

General Party Secretary of the CCP, Xi Jinping, called for the revival of the Chinese spirit. I think it's ungrammatical, and the is required before general, or the commas must be omitted. Do ...
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Is it proper to say I am going to “prom” or is it “the prom” [closed]

Is it proper to say I am “going to prom”, or is it “going to the prom”? If prom is short for promenade, then it is a verb but usage has made it a noun? Is prom a noun or verb?
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the correct usage of “the” [closed]

I've spent years in the States and I'm still confused when I should use "the" in sentences. These are the cases that I know that I have to use a definite article. case 1: refer to specific objects. ...
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Can the definite article be omitted when referring to a person qualified by a noun?

Is there a difference between these references to a specific person: "The implication is clear: as the psychologist Jonathan Haidt said..." and "The implication is clear: as psychologist ...
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Dropping the second “the” in sentences: the X and the Y vs. the X and Y

Is there any difference between these two examples? 1. (Both) the Senate and the House of Representatives are legislative bodies. 2. (Both) the Senate and House of Representatives are ...
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Why not “at set of the sun”?

When the stars, at set of sun, Watch you from on high. Why not "at set of the sun"?
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Which is right — “all the three” or “all three” in a situation of specific objects?

Let's imagine, I'm speaking about someone's three specific cars, which are over there, there, and there. Now I'm saying that I have installed a new sound system in all of them. Which is right: ...
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Document names and proper nouns/definite articles

I'm a translator and not a native speaker of English and have some troubles understanding definite articles. Any feedback for my problem would be of great help for me. What is the rule for document ...
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“Into darkness” vs “Into the darkness” [closed]

I was watching an interview with Zachary Quinto (the actor who plays SPock in the new Star Trek movie Star Trek: Into Darknaess) on Jonathan Ross and Jonathan introduced them in the first minute and ...
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Article before newspaper name

Suppose the name of a newspaper is Pirate Times, without an article. Which of the following is then correct, and why? During the recent General Assembly, Pirate Times met… During the recent ...
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Use of the definite article “the” before “church”

I was in a Teacher's selection for a school in my country, and one of the coordinators said that she heard a mistake from another teacher that was unacceptable. I tried to figure out why was that, but ...
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“Near St. John's church” vs. “near the St. John's church” vs. “near the St. John church” [duplicate]

When it comes to churches and so on, which one is correct? Our hotel is near St. John's church. Our hotel is near the St. John's church. Our hotel is near the St. John church.
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Use of the definite article: “restricts flow” or “restricts the flow”

We are writing technical documentation and a sentence looks more or less like this: "The inside diameter of the pipe is reduced and thus restricts flow of water." "The inside diameter of ...
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Use of “the” in Indian English

The word "the" in Indian English seems to have a different function than in American English, and I'd like to understand it better. The first sentence of this article demonstrates what I mean: ...
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Use “the” before a scientific method name? [closed]

I'm writing a paper about an algorithm that I have developed. Just for illustration, I will say that the method name is "quicksort". My question is about the usage of the in the following context: ...
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Why isn’t the definite article used in “The commission commanded that work […] should cease”?

In this sentence: The commission commanded that work on the building should cease. Why isn't the used before the word work? It seems that the work is specified by on the building. Another ...
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“The European raw materials” or “European raw materials”?

I am confused about the usage of "the" before European, British. I am able to find situations where "the" before European, to denote the people of Europe, and the European army to denote the army of ...
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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. ...