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Usage of English definite article when referring to generic word

My mother language does not have articles, so I still struggle to choose when to use the indefinte and definite article. The other day, I learned: "The dog is an animal" is acceptable. "The iron is ...
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Why “the” in “Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)”? [closed]

When reading the title of the book, we don't know what three men it is talking about so there is no/indefinite article (the same with "a boat"). But why is there "the Dog" instead of "a Dog"? We don't ...
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Use of the article “the” with proper nouns

I'm writing a leaflet for children from primary schools who will visit our school. Is it correct to write: the "amerigo vespucci" school is waiting for you!!!! Is the use of the definite ...
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What article should be used in such sentences?

What article should be used in the following sentence? He was English by [a/the/] blood. I feel there should be a zero article here, but I was taught that the zero article is impossible in ...
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“the” is in my business name, capitalize it or not?

I'm starting a new business and recently decided on a name. The problem is that the name has the word "the" stuck right in the middle, like so: __ the __, LLC My question, should the "the" be ...
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Do we say “I'm going to meet my friends in a park” or “I'm going to meet my friends in the park”? [closed]

I've had an argument recently whether one should say "I'm going to meet my friends in a park" or "I'm going to meet my friends in the park"? Assume that the other speaker doesn't know what park is ...
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Why do we use an article for “the mind,” “the heart,” or “the soul”? [closed]

A student of mine came across a website titled "Music for the Mind" and asked why we use a definite article. We are not talking about a specific mind. We also use definite articles to talk about "The ...
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“Planning for next year” vs. “planning for the next year”

I would like to start planning for next year. In the above sentence, there is no definite article before the words next year. Should it be present, as in the following sentence which sounds far ...
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“The end of next week” or “the end of the next week”? [closed]

I wonder if there should be a the in front of week in "the end of next week". Context: I will give you updates on how things work out by the end of next week.
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Charles Dickens: “It was the best of times…” [closed]

It was the best of times… How to understanding this usage without using "the" (i.e. instead of "the best of the times")? How can we apply the same usage in everyday conversation? E.g. should we ...
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Definite article and dates without ordinal indicators

Where ordinal indicators are not used, which of the following is correct? We will go ahead on the 7 January 2013. We will go ahead on 7 January 2013.
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“king of” or “the king of”

Which is correct? I am king of the world. I am the king of the world. Additionally, which would be the better choice, if I wanted to use the expression "king" to signify dominance in a ...
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“Follow evolution” vs. “follow the evolution”

Is the article the needed in the following sentence and why? Want to follow [the] evolution of the project?
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“A different one” when we have 3 objects - other/another? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can “another” be used with plural nouns provided periods or measurements don’t count? Here is the context (found in a forum for learners of English) WAITRESS: Do you ...
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The usage of “the” with “least”

The main issue here is how to sort out the usage of "the" with "least". Sometimes it's clear but there are cases when I am not sure whether to use the article "the" or not. Least with verb The ...
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“Suffer from a headache” vs. “suffer from the headache” [closed]

I am not sure which article to use in the following context: She has been suffering from a headache. She has been suffering from the headache. Please clear up my doubt.
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meaning and usage of “in order the more” [closed]

I have just come across a phrase I have never seen before: I do not so in order to undermine the status of xy but, on the contrary, in order the more securely to identify certain aspects. A ...
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Incriminating others vs. Incriminating the others: Is this sentence correct?

From Oxford dictionary : He was careful not to say anything that might incriminate the others. Should it not be "He was careful not to say anything that might incriminate others"? If the ...
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“In the presence” or “in presence”

I am confused about how to use in the presence. Here I have written a sentence in which I think the before presence should be omitted. This situation might be more critical in the presence of long ...
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“Listen to music” vs. “listen to the music”

English is not my mother tongue. I once came across information that listening to music and listening to the music mean something different. Listening to the music would mean you put whole heart into ...
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Why 'The' is used? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using the definite article before a country/state name Why do we write: The UCI Road World Championships 2012 (when the year is mentioned) The Republic of ...
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Why do we use “the” in “the British” but not before “Canadians”? [closed]

Why do we use the definite article before most nationalities such as "the British" but we say "Canadians" without the? Specifically, why is it that, for example,... Canadians like maple syrup. ...
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Capitalising the definite article in names

When I was a youngster some mumble-mumble-mumble decades ago, I was taught that, in the instances of names of persons, places, and things which carried the definite article the, the article wasn’t ...
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significance of “The” before country name [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using the definite article before a country/state name I am from India, and I do not say that I am from “the India”. But someone from USA would say “I am from 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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“Upliftment of poor” vs. “upliftment of the poor”

The Government has decided to introduce the new scheme for the upliftment of poor. Should it be "of the poor" or not?
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Is it appropriate to use “the” before an abbreviation? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using the definite article with acronyms and initialisms For example, which one of these is more appropriate: I am talking about what the UNICEF has done for India. ...
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“Green Park” or “The Green Park”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why there is “the” before some names but not others When do you use definite article with names of places? I have gathered from the Wikipedia article that ...
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“All X” vs. “all of X” vs. “all the X”

Is there any difference between "all X", "all of the X", "all the X"? E.g., all friends all of the friends all the friends
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Is “In following, …” acceptable in place of “In the following, …”?

In editing a recent question, I wrote: In following, realtype stands for ... Later, it got edited (two words were added) to read: In the following example, realtype stands for ... The ...
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Definite article in the question “What is the time?”

I am not a native speaker. Could you please explain to me why we use the definite article in the following question: What is the time?
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“The” and superlative of uncountable noun — “the clearest water”?

Uncountable nouns are usually used without an article. Superlatives require definite article. What comes out of these 2 rules when superlative meets uncountable article? We need an example, I hope it ...
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“Moved to trash” vs. “moved to the trash”

Would you choose as a notification message displayed to a user on a website "your messages have been successfully moved to trash" or "... the trash"? What is the difference and which one is more ...
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Should the definite article 'the' be used or ignored?

The Ganga is the holy river of the Hindus. Why can't we simply say, Ganga is the holy river of Hindus. why should we use the definite article 3 times?
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Cards against (the?) humanity [closed]

In the "cards against humanity" collocation, shouldn't the article the precede humanity, i.e. "cards against the humanity"? Does the word against somehow influence this situation?
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Is it proper to use “the” before the name of a government organization? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Definite article with proper nouns, titles followed by a common noun Using the definite article with acronyms and initialisms When I listen to major news programs, ...
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on particular case of “the” usage

I'm about to submit my thesis, and to do so I have to translate the title of the thesis into English. My main concern is about the use of the. My title reads as follows: On relations between ...
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The definite article “the” in “under water”/“under the water”

How can it float in the air ? The balloon is filled with helium gas which is lighter than air. It is similar to when we blow air under water. The bubbles filled with air under the water ...
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When do we pronounce “the” as “the” and when as “thi” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the pronunciation of “the?” I am not from the UK or the US, English is not my mother tongue. I pronounce "the" as "the" (with e sounding like the ...
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“talk over the phone” or “talk over phone”

We just talked over (the) phone. Should there be a "the" in front of "phone"? I.e., should "phone" be specific or not? If there should be a "the", should "phone" be "phones" instead,since there ...
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Definite article usage and word ordering in 'all the equipment necessary to create a network'

I have a sentence where I am not sure about the word order, and if the definite article should be used or not. Which version is correct: It is a system which includes all equipment necessary to ...
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Does calling an app “the Instapaper” with a definite article suggest a non-technical speaker?

Listening to an episode of a tech podcast with very tech-literate persons talking, I noticed them saying things like "I use the Tweetbot", for the iPhone app "Tweetbot", or "building the Instapaper", ...
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Definite article: Subject verb agreement

What is the correct form: The President and host greets the guests at the door. or The President and host greet the guests at the door. I am told that if we do not add the definite article ...
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Is a definite article needed before “sleep”?

Do I need a definite article before "sleep" in the following sentence? How do they call in English that yellowish substance that is gathered in the corner of a human eye during the sleep?
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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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Why use “the” for oceans/seas/rivers etc. but not lakes?

Possibly two questions in here: Are these sentence constructions logical, and if they are, why are they different? I swam across the Ocmulgee River. I swam across the Pacific Ocean. I swam ...
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Is there a usage of “the” that indicates one out of a group of many?

Considering the sentence Nearly anything can be a weapon in a martial artist’s hands., the indefinite article a indiciates that this can be any martial artist out of all in the world. Next, consider ...
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“This essay was translated from the Chinese” — what does this “the” do?

Chen Guangcheng is a special student at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute at the New York University School of Law. This essay was translated from the Chinese. Why don't they write: "This essay was ...
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“Soundness in body” vs “Soundness in the body” [closed]

Which one of the following is correct? Soundness in body is abundance in itself or Soundness in the body is abundance in itself
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Should I add a “the” before “headmaster” here? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “To be elected chairman” vs. “to be elected the chairman” Omission of “the” in “elected him president” and “made ...