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Do we say “After 7th grade” or “After THE 7th grade”

I would like to ask if we say "After 7th grade" or "After THE 7th grade"
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Definite article before an abstract noun

When is the definite article the appropriate before an abstract noun? In particular, I have the following examples. Which are correct? Case I In the Theorem 4.4, we prove property A for all ...
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“Both of you” vs. “the both of you”

When we refer to two people, which is right — "both of you" or "the both of you"? Are both the same or is there any difference between them?
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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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use of definite article before “waste” and “costs”

What is the correct use of the definite article for the following sentences: The new procedure reduces THE waste. The new procedure reduces waste. The new procedure reduces THE costs. The new ...
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“At minimum number of simulations”

In the fragment "...to obtain optimum VTs at minimum number of simulations", should it be "a minimum", "the minimum", or is it fine as written? Is this similar to the case of "a number" vs. simply ...
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Can an adjective change the use of zero versus definite article?

I have a little issue with the use of zero versus definite article, since I tend to abuse the former one. Consider the following sentences: The issue described above influences the quality of ...
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Is there a rule of thumb when to use “the” in front of universities? [duplicate]

I am writing biographies for some of my doctors. I have asked several people and have received several different answers. Here are a couple examples: Lee is a 2005 graduate of the University of ...
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“A positive influence on [the] circulation of blood”

What is the difference in meaning between the following? Habitual physical activity has a positive influence on circulation of blood. Habitual physical activity has a positive influence on ...
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Is it correct to say “the Congress”? [duplicate]

Why is Congress used without the definite article 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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Is a relative clause always a permission for “the” article to be used before its antecedent?

I have noticed that most often a relative pronoun such as who, which, etc. is used to further inform the reader about its preceding noun or noun phrase, e.g. 1-Do you know the girl who is ...
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Noun with the definite article as a subject of a sentence

Please, help me to clarify this question. Assuming that there are many books I owe to a person and some of them are here on my table, is it correct to say: "The books I owe you are on my table"? ...
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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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Omission of “The” rule [duplicate]

I'd really appreciate some help in regards to this situation: "I was lucky enough to see the One Direction in concert". As native English speakers we know that the "the" is superfluous in this ...
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Is it “the fine arts” or just “fine arts”?

Is it "the fine arts" or just "fine arts"? Also, do I capitalize anything?
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Is it “Breathing in breaststroke is easy.” or “Breathing in the breaststroke is easy.”?

I'm never sure if I need the article or not in that particular case...
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Are there any simple rules for choosing the definite vs. indefinite (vs. none) article?

I can’t for the life of me figure out where to use a and where to use the — and where there is no article at all. Is there a simple rule of thumb to memorize? The standard rule you always hear: ...
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Omitting definite articles in prepositional phrases with specific objects

Hyphenated adjectives aside, is omitting the "the" in "on scene," "in studio," "on set" etc. any more or less correct than including it? My inquiry stems primarily from curiosity about the use of ...
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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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Use of articles “the”/“a” [duplicate]

I went to the market and then I went to the Cafe. I went to a market and then I went a cafe In the above sentences, what is the difference in nuance between them a market/a Cafe, and ...
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using (or not) “The” before the name/title of the non-goverment organization

I'll be very grateful if you could help me solving this problem: Should a definite article be used before the name of the non-goverment organization? In a printed poster of an event, should an ...
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“In the late afternoon” why does it have “the ” here?

"In the late afternoon, we would often be visited by one or more of the failed Beat poets who always, very coincidentally, found themselves in the neighborhood.?" I have a question about the definite ...
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What is the difference in meaning between when using “the risk” and “risks” in the following sentence?

"Habitual physical activity reduces the risk of hypertension and diabetes." "Habitual physical activity reduces risks of hypertension and diabetes." What is the difference in meaning ?
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Do I need to add “the” in front of “reluctance”?

Do I need to add the in front of reluctance? Is the use of others right? The problem that this study addresses is that the reluctance of newly educated nurses to make their careers in hospitals ...
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“An X or a Y” vs. “An X or Y”

You can create a web site or an application with your bare hands. or You can create a web site or application with your bare hands. ? Also, same for the definite article?
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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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Should “International community” have a definite article? [closed]

As a non-native English speaker I have always struggled with placing article THE correctly, especially in advanced cases. For example, international community. Does it have to go with the if placed in ...
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The use of the article “THE” + position

As a non-English speaker whose native language does not have articles I am always unsure about the use of them. This time I would like to clarify the use of the article "THE" together with positions ...
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Why would someone say “the American consumer” instead of “the American consumers”?

As in "The Survey of the American Consumer" or "The state of the American consumer". Why is the phrase singular?
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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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when do we omit the article in an OF-phrase? [duplicate]

When do we omit the definite article THE at the beginning of a phrase and for what reason? Removal of skin or the removal of skin. Could someone give some examples?
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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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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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Why does English use definite articles before certain proper nouns, such as the names of ships?

Over on English Language Learners, a non-native speaker asked a question about adding "the" before movie titles. I wanted to tell him or her that the rule in English is not to add a definite article ...
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What is the difference between Ukraine and the Ukraine?

Time magazine (March 5th) carries the article titled, “Ukraine, not the Ukraine: The significance of three little letters,” in which the following comment of William Taylor, who served as the U.S. ...
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“fought in the World War II” versus “fought in the second World War” [closed]

Why is fought in the second World War or fought in the Vietnam War correct but fought in the World War II is not?
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Bring (the) lost back [duplicate]

Should I put a definite article in the sentence I want to bring (the) lost back?
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Definite article, repetition in lists

Which would be correct? The fridge, the shelves, the walls, the floor, and John himself, were all covered in foam. The fridge, shelves, walls, floor, and John himself, were all covered in ...
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“In this paper, we describe the/an environment…” — should I use “the” or “an”? [closed]

I am trying to decide which should be more correct grammatically in the abstract of my paper. In this paper, we describe an environment. . . . or In this paper, we describe the environment. ...
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Using “the” before ordinal numbers

When learning English I was told that ordinal numbers should always be used with "the" before them. But I often see that this is not always so strict, for example I heard the phrase "April first" ...
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collocations such as “bird of prey” and generalization [duplicate]

I got a question about the usage of generalization of collocations. There is a word such as "bird of prey" to refer to birds eating animal flesh. And one way to generalize reference of a noun is to ...
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Use of “the” in front of an application name [closed]

I am currently writing my thesis. It is based upon an application that I developed. My question is that should I use the in front of my application's name in my thesis. In this example suppose my ...
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Indefinite Plural VS Indefinite Singular for stating general facts, properties, etc

Is there any nuance in the two sentences below if I want to state a general fact about cars ? A) Cars have 4 wheels. B) A car has 4 wheels. The question above is also a question to itself. So can ...
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Choice of plural and singular, definite and indefinite articles for multiple nouns [closed]

Which of the following is correct? There are apple and orange. There is an apple and an orange. There are an apple and an orange. There are apple and orange.
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Using “the/a/an” with “and” and “or” [duplicate]

Suppose I need to mention two nouns in a phrase so that they are joined with either "and" or "or". Do I use "the/a/an" with the both of the nouns or just with the first one?
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Is there a rule for using or not using the definite article before people’s titles?

The use of the definite article before titles is a confusing area - I always hear “Queen Elizabeth visited” and never “The Queen Elizabeth visited”. But I always hear “The Prince of Wales visited” and ...
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What's the difference between the grape, a grape, grapes? [closed]

I'm a non-native English speaker. If I want to say, "The green grape is my favorite fruit." is it okay? And is the sentence above different from these two? "A green grape is my favorite fruit." ...
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Articles with “calls” and “stories”? [duplicate]

I'm responding a test. I write a correct answer: I was telling the stories this time yesterday. He isn't answering the calls at the moment. Is the use of the definite article in these ...
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the and thee (I prefer to pronounce it as thuh all the time) [closed]

My question is can I always pronounce THE with thuh instead of thee? Because unlike "a" "an" rule, pronouncing "thee" seems cumbersome for some people (including me) Note that I know the "emphasis" ...