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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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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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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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“The” before superlative [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do I need to put “the” before “most” in this sentence? I've always thought you need the definite article 'the' before the superlative of an adjective, except when the ...
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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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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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The <noun> of <noun>

I wonder about the the <noun> of <noun> template. For example, the customers of a movie theater or the possessor of a car. The question is "Is it a stable rule in English to put "the" ...
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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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“In the third person” or “in third person”

Which is more correct? He's talking in the third person. He's talking in third person. Does it matter?
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“During summer” vs. “during the summer”

What is the difference between saying "during summer" and "during the summer"? As in: I work during the summer. I work during summer. Are both common? Is my feeling correct that the ...
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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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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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“All rooms” versus “all the rooms”

When a hotel gives a description of the rooms in the facility, which sentence is correct and why? All the rooms are equipped with a free internet connection. All rooms are equipped with a ...
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Use of definite article before phrases like Heathrow Airport, Hyde Park, Waterloo Station, Edgware Road and Parliament Square

In this related question (Definite article with proper nouns, titles followed by a common noun), the OP asks if it is grammatical to use the definite article before phrases like Advanced programming ...
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About definite article before “Earth”, “Moon” and “Sun”

In what cases do we have to put the definite article the before each of these words: Sun Moon Earth and in what cases do we not need to?
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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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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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Using the definite article with acronyms and initialisms

I'm wondering when to use or not to use the definite article, when using acronyms or initialisms in a sentence. Is there a rule for this, or does it depend on the context? For example, let's look at ...
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Should I put a definite article before a scientific term?

Which is (more) correct? (I am with the) Laboratory of Biochemistry of Hydrobionts. (I am with the) Laboratory of the Biochemistry of Hydrobionts. Is there any rule for using or not ...
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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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Do I need to put “the” before “most” in this sentence?

Is putting “the” before “most” in this sentence compulsory, optional, or a mistake? Fascination with language and attention to particular regions and communities in America are the most common ...
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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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Correct pronunciation of “the” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Is pronouncing “The” as in “Thee” still correct in titles? What is the pronunciation of “the?” What would be the correct way to ...
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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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“A first post” — makes sense or not?

I once knew a person who titled the first post in his blog, "A first post." It was immediately pointed out to him that correct usage is "The first post." To that he responded: Well, every blog has ...
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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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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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Why is it “The King's Speech” but “Le Discours d'un Roi”?

In the movie's Wikipedia article, there is a French poster of the movie, which says "Le Discours d'un Roi". This is interesting to me because the French title uses the indefinite article "un" to refer ...
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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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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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US Route 101 — “The 101”

In my part of the world, we refer to highways without any article. So we drive on "Highway 64", or "Interstate 64", or "I-64". But when I go to California, they say "The 101". Is there any explanation ...
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Using the definite article before a country/state name

The Punjab is a rich state. Is it correct to use the before Punjab?
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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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“Try and produce best output” versus “try and produce the best output”

I've heard people say both. Which is the right one?
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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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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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Can I start a sentence with a singular noun with no article?

For example, which one of the following sentences can I use? Consumer of Product X needs to fill out a rebate form […]. Consumers of Product X need to […]. A consumer of Product X needs to ...
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Definite article before schools, colleges, and universities

Is the always used before the name of a school, college, or university?
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Why does “The Punisher” get an article in his name and “Spiderman” doesn't?

Why not Punisher vs. The Spider-man ? Is the word "the" used however we feel like? Could I call them "Punisher" and "The Spider-man"?
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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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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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Use of 'the' before human voice

Which is correct? The fascinating features of human voice OR The fascinating features of the human voice Is there a rule or is it another difference between American and British ...
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Why is it “on *the* one hand”?

According to all dictionaries I can see and everyday use by native speakers, this is the correct way: On the one hand, it's larger; on the other hand, it's more expensive. What makes no sense to ...
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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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Definite article — “on television” vs. “on the radio”

Why are these different? We heard the news on the radio. We watched the news on television. In this book, the author says we must use television without the. Why? It makes me crazy. Is ...
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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 ...