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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. ...
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Is it “Ministry of Economy” or “Ministry of the Economy”?

Recently, a government official gave me a business card that stated the official's department as "Ministry of Economy." I did a double take, because, in my mind, I took that to mean "Ministry of ...
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Why “the ipad” and not simply ipad [duplicate]

From what I've learned, special names don't get definite articles. (I should admit that the use of articles in English is very tricky) For example, we say Apple but not the Apple to refer to the ...
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Usage of “a” and “the” in titles

Which one should I use for page title? Apple — Tasty Fruit Apple — A Tasty Fruit Apple — The Tasty Fruit The article is only about tasty apple.
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“the 1st” or “1st”

I'm wondering which is the right usage between "the 1st" and "1st" in these sentences: a) The United States ranked 1st in Bloomberg's Global Innovation Index. b) The United States ranked the 1st in ...
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Guide to English Articles [closed]

I'm looking for a full and complete guide to English articles like THE, A, AN, (none). Can anyone recommend me something like that? I'd like to finally learn this and never make a mistake again. ...
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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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“Give the real temperature” vs. “give real temperature”

I would like to know if I should use the second the in the following sentence. The thermometer does not give the real temperature. The thermometer does not give real temperature. And I ...
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“Time of (the) day”

I am confused about the article usage in the phrase "time of (the) day". From my research, I understand that "time of day" (day with the zero article) is more common and probably more idiomatic. It's ...
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“Said objects” or “The said objects”

I've always said things like "If you ate the said candy." and "If you count the said rocks." I've also heard many people say "If you ate said candy." and "If you count said rocks." This always ...
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Using “the” with name of research center

The name of our research center is Southeastern Transportation Center, STC is the acronym, of course. In writing, I use STC, not 'the STC' but our director says 'the' is needed so that it reads well. ...
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The usage of “the” in a general statement

"Gas prices are going up." Which of the following is also a general statement about gas prices: The price of gasoline is going up. The gas price is going up. And could you tell me why? ...
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Definite article with “Wiener filtering”, an uncountable noun

I have a sentence something like this We apply Wiener filtering to obtain a solution. In this "Wiener filtering" is a uncountable noun. I am not sure whether "the" is required before it.
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“The applicability of the algorithm to uniform filter bank” or “to the uniform filter bank”?

I have this sentence: We would like to prove the applicability of the algorithm to uniform filter bank. I am not sure about the before uniform filter bank. To give the context for the sentence, ...
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“Is there a best X?” — why “a” if it's the superlative degree?

Which of the following is grammatical? Is there a best school? Is there the best school? I'm sure that the first one is right. But why?
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“This is a song by Lady Gaga” or “this is the song by Lady Gaga”? [closed]

Which article is appropriate in the blank below, a or the? — What are you singing? I've heard the song many times. — This is __ song by Lady Gaga.
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Grammaticality of “by the bus” when the bus is the only choice

Can the expression "by the bus" be used to specify how I go home when it is the only method to be used?