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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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Why do we use the definite article in the expression “quite the [noun]”?

Like: "quite the singer", "quite the writer", etc. while he/she is just a singer/writer and is not the only singer/writer, etc in that context.
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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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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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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 ...
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“Location of the windows to be opened” vs. “location of windows to be opened”

I have redefined the size and location of the windows to be opened. I have redefined the size and location of windows to be opened. Which one is correct?
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“The existing and proposed manuals” vs. “the existing and the proposed manuals”

Which one of the following is correct? A comparison between the existing and proposed manuals is as follows. A comparison between the existing and the proposed manuals is as follows. Do ...
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Why “the Sun Tzu” instead of just “Sun Tzu”?

I am reading a military history text that repeatedly refers to "the Sun Tzu" but does not give similar treatment to other authors (an example is "Clausewitz and the Sun Tzu disagree on ..."). I have ...
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“Time is of the essence”… of what?

I'm having a hard time understanding the purpose or meaning of the definite article, the in the common phrase, Time is of the essence. My first thought is that it refers to the task that is ...
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Should there be an article before “mayor” in “the role of mayor”?

SimCity, for example, casts youth in the role of mayor. I'm not sure if I understand the usage of zero article correctly. There is no article before 'mayor' as this is the instance where we ...
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Should I use a “the” in front of this proper noun? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Definite article before proper nouns Do I always have to put definite article "THE" in front of the name of university? For example, Kiev National University OR THE ...
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Why don't we use the definite article before these examples?

'We need to look closely at business growth, technological advancement, economic trends, and product development.' I would never say 'the business growth' or 'the technological advancement' etc.
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Definite article before scientific terms

I'm writing up my dissertation and I'm really confused where to use "the". Examples: In this experiment, (the?) heat transfer coefficient was calculated, allowing to estimate (the?)frost ...
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Use of definite article in “the more” and “the less”

Why is the definite article used in expressions like the more and the less? For example, The more you study, the more you know. The less you study, the less you know.
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a cold vs flu / the flu

Have you got a cold? Have you got flu? Have you got the flu? Why can't we say a flu or the cold in the previous examples?
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'The' article before the word plural

I have seen the statements such as the following one in some literature: "In the book 'XYZ' the word 'House' is never used in the plural." To me the word 'THE' right before plural seems very ...
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Use of definite article referring to figures and tables

There are tables and figures in a document, uniquely identifiable by their numbers. We want to refer to them in several places. Which one is preferable in academic English writing and why? In ...
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Why do I want to say “the iPhone” instead of just “iPhone”?

Apple is somewhat notorious for omitting articles when talking about their products, and statements such as "People love iPhone" hit my ear a little strangely. But when I stopped to think about it, I ...
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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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When and why should I use 'the'

I have a problem with the definite article 'the' in following sentence from Wikipedia: Some of the namespaces may or may not be officially considered part of the BCL by Microsoft, but all are ...
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Do I need to use 'the' in this sentence?

I would like to limit my dissertation to three spheres: economy, politics, and culture of America. Do I need to add 'the' before economy, politics...?
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“An” average of vs. “The” average of

When nouns such as average, total, sum, etc., are modified by a prepositional phrase, how do you choose between the definite and indefinite articles? I cited sentences 1, 3, and 5 below from various ...
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Usage of the definite articles with personal names

Could you tell me if the following sentence is correct or not? It seems to me that it is not correct because as I know, definite articles are never used with personal names. The only thing that I ...
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“The” for superlative referring to more than one object

Which one of these sentences is correct? The best countries to live in are ... Best countries to live in are ... EDIT: The reason this question is being asked is that this Wiktionary ...
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“The (Cobra)” vs. “An (elephant)”, articles with nouns denoting a class

[ 1 ] tells on p.5 that "Singular nouns denoting a class" are preceded by the definite article "THE" (Example: "The Cobra is dangerous"), while on page 7 (Table 6. THE INDEFINITE ARTICLE) it tells ...
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Capitalization of a noun that has be made definite

If someone were writing a paper on a particular train station, for brevity, it is easier to refer to it as "the station." Should station in that phrase be capitalized? It is unrelated to ...
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“People” or “the people”

What is the most correct way to say: People in the list above will also receive product update notifications. Should I use the people or simply people? Is there a more formal way to express the ...
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Omitting the definite article before “problem is”

I've noticed that the definite article is often omitted preceding the word "problem" in newspapers and magazines. Not in speech, but just in print. Here's an example: Many politicians feel that ...
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Pronunciation of “the” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the pronunciation of “the”? I've noticed that the word the is not always pronounced in the same way depending on the sound of the next word. I think ...
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Which would be correct: “outputs” or “puts out”?

Which word should I use in the following context? Is the required before data? Any algorithm first reads data, processes (the) data and finally [outputs|puts out] the processed data.
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“The fullness” vs “fullness”

When should one put a definite article before the word "fullness"? UPD: To be precise, I have the following sentence. The first condition is just (the ?) fullness of A. Here fullness is some ...
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Is it necessary to use “the” multiple times?

It seems that the question has eventually become a series of questions.... Question 1 An example goes as: The 1st and (the) 2nd paragraphs of the article are extremely long. Is it necessary ...
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The definite article usage with objects that have names

For example, I have a database and several tables in it. One of the tables is named Clients for this example. When I speak about a table and need to mention its name do I have to use the definite ...
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Use or omit “the” before profession?

This image-stabilising system for a hand-held camera, developed by cameraman Garrett Brown in 1973, offers (...) Wouldn't it be more correct to write "the cameraman Garrett Brown"? Is omitting ...
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“To be elected chairman” vs. “to be elected the chairman”

I have a question regarding the correct use of the definite article "the": One of my books says: Definite article the is used before nouns denoting a position that can be held by one person ...
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Which is correct: “Grails” or “The Grails”?

Should it be Grails has integration with jUnit or The Grails has integration with jUnit If the correct answer is the one without the "The", then why? P.S. (The) Grails is an open source ...
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Please use other door?

"Please use other door" signs are common. But would you ever say this? Or would you say "please use the other door"?
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Adjective with proper noun

Rephrasing the entire question: Do we use the article "the" when we use an adjective with a proper noun? Which of these is correct, and why? The terrible Mr. Brown set my boat on fire. ...
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How did the definite / indefinite articles develop? [closed]

Russian, I believe, has no definite or indefinite article. How did it develop in Latin languages, particularly English? Would English be much poorer without it?
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Definite or indefinite article in “the/a devil's advocate”

I can't quite figure out which of the following expressions is more correct: He is the devil's advocate. He is a devil's advocate. He is playing devil's advocate. The combination of an article ...
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What is the etymology of “the”?

I was just having this conversation with a friend. Where does the word "the" come from?
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Is it “out of question” or “out of the question”?

Are they used in different contexts? Those both of them use correct grammar? Google fight shows that "out of the question" appear 10 times more often than the other.
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Do I need “the” before the name of my university? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Definite article before proper nouns I was updating my LinkedIn tagline and thinking about whether I should put the article before the name of the university. ...
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