An article is a word that combines with a noun to indicate the type of reference being made by the noun.

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“Jesus is a coming” - what's the exact grammatical role of the “a” before the gerund? [duplicate]

I've noticed that in the common use of English, namely in songs, there is also an extra redundant(?) "a" before a gerund, such as in a gospel song I heard Jesus is a coming (this particular ...
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Why can we say 'an American' but not 'a British'?

I am confused with the use of an indefinite article in front of British or Chinese. To my understanding, we can place an indefinite article in front of any “countable noun”. So, we can say a cup and ...
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It has a meaning vs. it has meaning [duplicate]

Sometimes I'm really confused with articles. I'd say 'everything has a meaning' but it seems that for some reason most people tend to say 'everything has meaning' instead. However, I've come across ...
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Using the article twice or once in “a more practical and a useful approach”? [closed]

In this regard, heating seems to be a more practical and useful approach. In this regard, heating seems to be a more practical and a useful approach. What is the general rule for use of ...
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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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“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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“Minutes later” vs. “a few minutes later”

Can I say this: I forgot about it minutes later. Or do I have to say it this way instead: I forgot about it a few minutes later.
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Why use an indefinite article in “It’s a hot and uncomfortable 33 degrees”? [duplicate]

I heard this sentence on the radio: It’s a hot and uncomfortable 33 degrees. Does the indefinite article in that sentence suggest “this certain type of day”? Is it just a variation on “It’s a ...
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“A person” versus “some person”

What is the difference between: There is a person in the room. There is some person in the room.
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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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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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When using symbols instead of words in writing, do I use “an” or “a” before the symbol? [duplicate]

The sentence in question: Every list item that is marked with an * is optional. The word "asterisks" isn't spelled out, so I'm not sure if "an" or "a" is the correct word to put before it.
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What article do we use before a symbol? Is it “an @” or “a @”?

I got a doubt when reading this text: The name of the decorator should be prepended with an @ symbol. Should we write "a @ symbol" or "an @ symbol"? As "@" is in fact "at", I would think "an" ...
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Is the use of the indefinite article 'a' with the word 'staff' considered standard [closed]

The word staff can apparently refer to a member of a group of service personnel. (Dictionary.com mentions this as one of the meanings of staff: a member of a staff.) I was wondering how native ...
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There are seven days in a/the week [closed]

What is correct and why? Both, or only one of the following sentences? 1 - There are seven days in a week. -> One single week consists of seven days. 1 week = a week = 7 days. 2 - There are ...
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Why the indefinite article in “my son has a swollen left eye”?

"My son has a swollen eye." is correct English, meaning only one eye is swollen, out of two. But why do we say "My son has a swollen left eye" rather than "the swollen left eye", even though he only ...
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To become (a) soloist [duplicate]

Should I put indefinite article in the sentence She became (a) soloist of/with the American Ballet Theatre?
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What indefinite article to use when there is an adjective in parenthesis? [duplicate]

When using a or an before a noun should you take into account any additional information provided in parenthesis? For example, is it better to say "I would like a (emerald) necklace" or "I would like ...
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Is it A Honorable or An Honorable [duplicate]

Which is grammatically correct? Honorable starts with an H so it should be a honorable but it's pronounced with an vowel so it can also be an honorable. I've heard the argument both ways , so which ...
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Problem in recognizing correct definite/indefinite articles out of context [duplicate]

I have read some grammar points about definite/indefinite articles, but I still have problems recognizing the right choice in questions requiring them. I know sometimes I can omit articles but I don't ...
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A or An in “a (relatively) obscure meaning”?

I've just come across this sentence here at "english.stackexchange.com". "The writer should have taken care not to hide such a (relatively) obscure meaning underneath an obviously silly one." ...
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“Going to Maldives” or “going to the Maldives”?

The phrase "going to the Maldive Islands" is quite common and it fits the rules. However, when it comes to using just "Maldives", both "to the Maldives" and "to Maldives" are used. Which one is the ...
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Do you “have a particular interest” or do you “have particular interest”?

Maybe it's particular (!) to the "particular" adjective. Without it, it's fairly obvious that I "have an interest" is more correct than "I have interest". But when my interest is particular, I'm not ...
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Is “In such a case” wrong?

"In such a case" doesn't sound right. Is it necessary to use "a" ? Is it wrong if one omits it?
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Is it “an hyphen” or “a hyphen”"? [duplicate]

I'll use the following sentences as examples: "You're missing an hyphen" "You're missing a hyphen"
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What colour eyes

I've just stumbled on this sentence What colour eyes does she have? in my grammar book. What got me interested in this is the combination of the words colour, eyes with what and without any ...
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Indefinite Article for “s-t-path” [duplicate]

I am currently writing a (mathematical) paper, which considers so called paths in graphs. The start of a path is usually denoted by the letter s and the end of the path is denoted by t. The whole path ...
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Should one use an indefinite article after 'kind of'?

If the noun after kind of is singular, do we use an indefinite article or not? For example, That kind of an answer is teasing. That kind of answer is teasing. Which is correct?
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Differences in meaning between phrases with and without indefinite article

Could you please help me by clarifying the meaning of the two phrases below: a profound analysis of the problem profound analysis of the problem Here's the context: I want to convey ...
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What does this “some” mean? [closed]

some dozens what does this "some" mean? Please back up your answer.
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Indefinite article before country name [closed]

We all wish for a Nigeria that provides and takes care of this countrymen. Is the indefinite article grammatical?
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index, an index or the index?

Context: Imagine a sequence of indices greater than 1. The sequence must follow these rules: 1.) Index 2 cannot be surrounded by two indices 3. ... (I know this may be written in much more simple ...
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How to use articles with scientific words, such as mass, force, impulse, field and others?

How are articles used with scientific quantities, such as mass, force, impulse, field and others?
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An 'x' or a 'x'? [duplicate]

Suppose that 'x' is a variable in a Mathematics text. What is more correct to say: a. Pick an 'x' or b. pick a 'x'?
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'with X and Y' where 'Y' has no article

Okay, a brief grammatical scuffle has broken out on a forum I frequent, where someone used the expression 'with whiskey and cigar', and someone else claimed it was grammatically incorrect, suggesting ...
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“Without selection” vs. “without a selection”

W is the complex-valued transformation of the original signals x and y without selection of the window length with respect to time t. W is the complex-valued transformation of the original ...
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“Technology” vs. “a technology”

(Company) develops transactional data technology that aggregates information for payment service providers and merchants. or (Company) develops a transactional data technology that ...
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“It is a/the search to which I've dedicated my writing”

It is a search to which I've dedicated my writing. — Source Isn't it supposed to be the?
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“What a beautiful day” or “what the beautiful day”? And exactly why?

Although we know that day which we are talking about, why don't we say "What the beautiful day!" instead of "What a beautiful day!" ? In addition, a friend of mine have already said the following, ...
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“Had a seafood dinner” or “had seafood dinner”? [closed]

Which sentence is correct? I had a seafood dinner last night. I had seafood dinner last night.
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A XHTML document or An XHTML document

When writing this sentence: So it's possible to do an XHTML quine, but not a HTML quine I noticed that I used an for XHTML but not for HTML. In the discussion on this thread, I've picked up on a ...
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Which is correct, “from a young age” or “from young age”? [closed]

Consider this example: People tend to understand and use sarcasm from a young age. People tend to understand and use sarcasm from young age. Which one of these is grammatically correct ...
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“The day of” into “a day of”

Is this grammatically correct? The day of rest became a day of violence when a bomb exploded in a Belfast cafe. Or is this better? A day of rest became a day of violence when a bomb exploded ...
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Article - “a” or “the” or plural for countable nouns?

I think a countable noun are usually of the following 3 forms: the + countable noun (single form) a + countable noun (single form) countable noun (plural form) I am confused about which to pick ...
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“I'm Spanish” or “I'm a Spanish”?

Which one is correct? I am quite sure about "I'm Spanish", but is it wrong if I add an "a" before "Spanish"?
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'In the event of fire' or 'in the event of a fire'?

In the event of fire,... In the event of a fire,... I see both variants ondifferent Web pages and I cannot understand which is correct. Could you please explain it to me.
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Indefinite article with substances

Which one of the following is correct? If both - what is the difference? In an optically thin gas ... In optically thin gas ... For example: We consider radiative equilibrium in (an) optically ...
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How can I use “a” with “or”

I want to use a with or. Which of these two sentences is the correct one? Do you want a full time or half time? Do you want a full time or a half time?