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Meaning of word with definite article the for a facebook page?

Decorating cake is my hobby and am planning create a facebook page and a website to showcase this. Just listing out some names, can you please give me your feedback about these names? Cake Fairy Vs ...
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Definite article and ranking adjectives

I'm trying to systematize the use of 'the' with ranking adjectives like 'next', 'following', 'third', etc. What I know is usually ranking adjective is used with the: I will pay the next time we ...
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Why is it “time of day” but “hour of the day”?

Well, the title is a little misleading, because both "time of day" and "time of the day" are possible and can have the same meaning.[here] But "time of day" is more commonly used (when we're not ...
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Definition of 'Familiarity' in the English Linguistics [on hold]

My understanding of ‘familiarity’ according to the theories Christophersen, Karttunen, and Heim claimed is that it does not embrace those referents interpreted under ‘accomodation,’ ‘inferrability,’ ...
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Definite/Indefinite articles: “first mention” vs “specific object”

Rules say Use A(AN) when talking about a thing which is new, unknown, or introduced to a listener for the first time. At the same time, they say The definite article is used when the speaker ...
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Felicitous use of the definite article with the referent being familiar within the discourse (to the hearer?)

Quick questions: (1) The referent of the NP be either familiar within the discourse ... --- Why does it have to be 'within the discourse'? Can't it be familiar outside the discourse? I mean, what are ...
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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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Using all with or without a definite article

In what cases does one have to use all with a definite article? Some examples: All the people in this world... Could you also please give a link to a reputable source that one can cite?
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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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Did 'the' in 'the which' mean anything?

Because OED's entries for this archaic definite article + relative pronoun 'the which' only redirect to definitions of 'which', am I correct to infer that 'the' meant nothing semantically in 'the ...
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Would 'play drums' and 'play drum set' be allowed in North American English in certain settings?

So far the discussion about 'play + the + (the name of a musical instrument)' as opposed to 'play + (the name of a musical instrument)' is hotly held at places, and it seems the version without 'the' ...
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The use of the definite article “The”

The two men appeared out of nowhere, a few yards apart in the narrow, moonlit lane.            — Chapter 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: The Dark Lord According to this web site, ...
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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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using article with the word Internet [duplicate]

When should I use the definite article with the word Internet and when omit the article? For example, "Before social media, Internet was a one-way channel where people could read content but not ...
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Is “Dumb thing's broken” grammatically correct?

I'm studying English watching Big Hero 6. The movie script has a line "Dumb thing's broken." (Hiro's line) My question is that if it's grammatically correct. As far as I know, the noun 'thing' is ...
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Can you tell me the difference between these two sentences? I don't like the music he listens to. The work he did in Manchester was boring. [closed]

What do you call the clause/phrase "he listens to"? It's not an apposition, is it? Both parts of this sentence depend on each other, don't they? Neither can I say "I don't like the music." nor "he ...
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The difference between “it” and “he/she”

There seems to be a difference between these two pronouns besides the obvious one of animacy. I want to know if people agree or can point out the flaw in my thinking. I've been attempting to wrangle ...
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Omitting articles in nouns - prepositions; after; to; before; from

Why is the indefinite article omitted here? Could it be the definite article, but omitted? Like in the following case in an instruction: Grasp drumstick. Place knife between thigh and body; cut ...
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“of utmost importance” vs “of the utmost importance”

Which one is the correct form between "of utmost" and "of the utmost"? Your attendance at the meeting is of the utmost importance. Your attendance at the meeting is of utmost importance. ...
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Definite article with the superlative degree of adverbs

Our rotary telephone is the least frequently used device in our house. Ben moved most quietly as the boys walked down the darkened ally. In the first sentence a superlative adverb is used ...
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“depending on something” … singular or plural

I'm writing a paper in which the experimental results with two different antibodies are compared across different brain regions. I want to write something like: We used antibodies A and B for ...
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“0/the lazy/clever Peter”: definite article with modified proper names

In some grammar book I read: The use of articles with names of persons modified by adjectives is varied. In most cases no article is used with names of persons modified by the adjectives old, young, ...
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Usage of definite article with nationalities [closed]

Bering's men found Eskimos in Alaska. or Bering's men found the Eskimos in Alaska. Which is right?
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The definite article before a noun, if another noun + a numeral are present before as an identifier?

I know that one may not use the definite article before "noun + numeral" constructs, like "floor six", "room twenty five" etc. But should it be used in constructs where "noun + numeral" are like an ...
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The definite article with geographical terms

I know in English you can use the definite article with geographical expressiones such as the sea, the country, the land, the city, the beach, the seaside, but what about other geographical terms? Can ...
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Definite article before “media”

Should this question use the definite article before "media"? Does the media influence us? Does media influence us? Are these both OK? I have seen both being used.
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Why do definite articles seem implicit in English?

I was thinking about the translation for "life" (as in everyday living) in french which translates "vie". However, in spoken language you would always refer to "la vie" in french and never to "the ...
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Definite article with abstract nouns [duplicate]

Is there a way one can determine whether to use the definite article before an abstract noun? For example: little room for imagination such concepts as subjectivity and imagination the ...
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Is there any difference between 'in the control of “ and ”in control of"

For example: the terrorist is in the control of the government the terrorist is in control of the goverment
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Usage of the definite article with a named entity

It must be a dead easy question. Working on a web-site, I have an internal entity, which called, for example, Place. Every place has a unique name. I want to make a message when a user wants to ...
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Articles: “a” or “the” with “second assumption”?

I wonder if I have to use a, or the when I introduce two assumptions in an academic paper. For example, in an introduction section of an article it tells us that there are two assumptions that the ...
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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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The definite article usage in a sentence

Please have a look at the sentence below: This is the popular song of Taylor Swift. To me, if there isn't any specific song related to that singer known as "popular", the usage of the here is not ...
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“The office of the President” or “the office of President”?

I know this one by heart: it is Section 1 of the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It sounds perfectly natural to me. I don't know why, though. Here: Section 1. No person shall be elected ...
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Using “the” or “a” for an item already mentioned

I was reading a topic article in a English grammar book. In an explanation, the following guideline was mentioned: Use the to refer something that has already been mentioned. While I was ...
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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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When is dropping the definite (or indefinite) article permissible and why?

I seem to be obsessed with those today. Okay, here goes: From The Ballad of Reading Gaol, by Oscar Wilde: And I and all the souls in pain, Who tramped the other ring, Forgot if we ourselves ...
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Does an abstract noun take “articles” before it?

We're taught that abstract nouns don't take any articles before them. But we have sentences like - Speak the truth. and Don't tell a lie. Why do abstract nouns like "truth" or "lie" ...
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Repetition of article before the same noun [closed]

Which phrase is more correct between: "At high speed the increase is not relevant, while the directivity of noise pattern is significantly altered by blade re-design. On the contrary, at low speed ...
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My favourite animal is a dog, the dog or dog [duplicate]

I consider myself a pretty advanced English teacher and user. Nonetheless, I've recently found myself in a pretty difficult spot trying to explain which of the following sentences is correct: My ...
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Definite article with the names of trains

I've heard and seen train names that consist of common nouns take a definite article (eg: the Orient Express, the Sabarmati Express, etc., according to Wikipedia.). I don't know if it's the same case ...
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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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Definite article in Maths: “(the) function f”

Is the definite article correct/necessary in sentences like the following? A line that intersects (the) circle C. We can see that (the) function f has a maximum at x=0. Draw a line past (the) edge E. ...
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“One of previously used” vs. “one of the previously used”

Now you can select your username in one of the following ways: Enter it manually. Use one of the previously used By previously used it means previously used usernames but I do not ...
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Grammar, use of “the” [duplicate]

Why does one say "Lake Maggiore is in northern Italy" (and not The lake Maggiore) and "I often go and visit the Colosseum when I'm in Rome" (with the)?
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Should “the” be used in this sentence?

To make right decisions, see the big picture first. In this sentence (slogan), do you need to place "the" before the word "right"? We're having a discussion here and some people think that you ...
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What article should be used at the beginning of the sentence about an object unknown to others?

I've started to write some story and at the beginning of that I'm faced with an issue. I'm not clear understanding what the article (the definite article or indefinite one) should be used when my ...
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Should I put “The” before “Another”?

Suppose I want to write in an academic paper, We have two ways to approach the problem. One approach is use .... Another approach is to ... Should I put the article 'the' before another?
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Who's holding the honey jar?

The following is a excerpt from William Cowper's translation of Homer's Iliad (Homer being the Greek poet, not the cartoon character, in this case): So saying, he cast his sceptre on the ground ...
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Why do people omit the definite article?

I'm used to always hearing or seeing a definite article before certain nouns. Yet on certain occasions the article is totally omitted, and it bothers me. I'm wondering what the justification for ...