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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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“Mass would be lower than [their masses]”

I am wondering if I am supposed to put "their masses" in this sentence: The mass of the anhydrous salt and the water evaporated after heating would be lower than [their masses] if the compound ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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“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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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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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

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 ...
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You have “the right” to remain silent vs “a right”

When you google "Miranda warning", the first thing you see is a clip of Wikipedia explaining what it is briefly: The "Miranda warning", which can also be referred to as the "Miranda rights", is ...
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How to use the definite article “the” when listing a number of things

One of the most difficult things for non native speakers are the definite / indefinite articles. I have doubts how to use the definite article when listing few things. The particular sentence is: ...
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Why use “the” for oceans/seas/rivers etc. but not lakes?

Possibly two questions in here: Are these sentence constructions logical, and if they are, why are they different? I swam across the Ocmulgee River. I swam across the Pacific Ocean. I swam ...
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Using or omitting the definite article

I have a sentence translated to English: Identifying multi-step attacks based on a variety of security events, focusing on the real threats. I can not find any reasons to use the definite ...
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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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Definite or indefinite articles in this case?

If someone asks me what I am studying, what article should I use? Would it be: I am studying an MSc/a masters in Statistical Research Methods or I am studying the MSc/the masters ...
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Definite article with job position and name

This is one of the banners that one might have spotted in Minsk, Belarus these days: It says "WARM GREETINGS TO PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDIA PRANAB MUKHERJEE" Several non-native speakers had ...
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(The) TIF is (the) IRT analog of (the) CTS theory. To use or not to use definite articles?

I have no clue whether to use "the" or not in such academic examples. Is there a definite correct choice for these sentences? (the) TIF is (the) IRT analog of (the) CTS theory. It depends on the ...
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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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“The two days” or “two days”?

The video for American singer Taylor Swift's new song "Wildest Dreams" has been viewed more than 10 million times in the two days since it debuted. I would like to know why the was used ahead of ...
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“the deed” “the mortgage” can they convey general meanings?

I reckon there are three types of general meanings in English using the definite article: (1) The I-phone is a popular gadget nowadays. (2) The steel industry is the business of producing steel. ...
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“Listen to music” vs. “listen to the music”

English is not my mother tongue. I once came across information that listening to music and listening to the music mean something different. Listening to the music would mean you put whole heart into ...
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Why is an article present here?

I took a test on articles and scored 84%. Unfortunately, the site provides no explanation as to why I was wrong, so I kindly ask for your help here. Kumiko discovered that there were quite a few ...
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“the witness that testifies for passing of time.” Why *for* instead of *the*?

I have the sentence below: "History is the witness that __________ passing of time." a. testifies the b. testifies for c. will testify for d. be meeting I confidently answered a, ...
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Is it wrong if I don't omit 'the' when there are multiple 'the' items?

Someone claims that the following is ungrammatical: We focus on the parameters of the representative frequency, the composition of sounds and the sequence complexity. They claim it should ...
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“The bill, please” or just “Bill, please”?

Which short way of asking for a bill is correct? Bill, please! The bill, please!