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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Oversight or the oversight

Totally confused on the need for an article in front of "oversight". Google gives examples of all the different variations. Would appreciate help choosing the right one from the below. A. Operated ...
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He is a little more sophisticated man.<<Complete sentence

It is ungrammatical to say "He is a little more sophisticated man" OR "He is a little more smart and sophisticated man". My reasoning as to why is as follows: The problem is that 'a little' is a ...
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This book is the property of

I have hard time understanding why in this phrase, property is preceded with a definite article. As this book is one of many properties, the indefinite article sounds more natural, to me. Of course, ...
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Definite Article with Prepositional Phrases

I am trying to learn how to correctly use articles in English. It is a bit hard for me since I do not have this concept in my native language. I am confused by two rules: the first rule is to use "a"...
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Which is correct: Muhammad Ali died in hospital VS died in a hospital?

Muhammad Ali died in hospital in Arizona, Watching NHK World News, I found the above sentence lacking "a" (article) before "hospital". Is this correct or should the indefinite article, "a", be ...
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Indefinite article in a parallel (?) structure

I'm confused as whether to use an article with the second noun in structures like this (this is just an example, it's a person describing their profession): "As a journalist and (a???) traveller...."...
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“I would like to express a big congratulations…” Why ‘a’ before the plural form?

At school I was taught that before the plural form we don't use the articles a and an. So why do people use a before big congratulations? Examples: A Big Congratulations to Dr. Wei Cheng on His ...
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The indefinite article – does local pronunciation change when I should use a/an [closed]

I have a question about how different pronunciation of words and how this affects the use of indefinite articles. My example is the technical abbreviation URL, meaning "uniform resource location". A ...
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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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Is it okay to use the indefinite article before “week” in the phrase “Friday is a day of A week”?

I mean, does some context exist, where the indefinite article can be used? I know that we say "a day of the week" and "a month of the year", because we talk about an item of the set, but still, can it ...
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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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I'm a teacher and I teach at/in school OR at/in a school

There are a lot of posts on this topic, but I can't find any answers to my question. I came across the following two definitions of 'school': [uncountable] (used without the or a) the process ...
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What is the purpose of emphasizing indefine article 'a'? [duplicate]

I often see and hear native speakers emphasizing word a, using intonation and /ei/ pronunciation. I understand what they say and I am able to properly (I guess) use it in my speech. But I wonder why ...
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Indefinite article and preposition 'as'

Why is it unnecessary to put an indefinite article before the word manager in the following sentence: She took over as manager when Mr Hunt retired. Why is it different from the case like this: ...
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Rules for using an [duplicate]

What is more appropriate to use in the sentence below, a or an I had _________ one eyed parrot as my pet
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Why is the indefinite article used in: “like a challenge”

source: 60-Second Adventures in Thought (Open University) How could a humble tortoise beat the legendary Greek hero Achilles in a race? The Greek philosopher Zeno liked a challenge and came up ...
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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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What is the grammatical basis for using “a” before a present participle (-ing)?

Example: When I called, he came a running. My first inclination was that it's an article and the participle is being used as a gerund, but that doesn't make sense structurally. My second is I ...
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“As I am wo/man” in Twelfth Night, II, 2 (Shakespeare): a case of indefinite article omission or no?

Are "As I am man" and "As I am woman" in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, II, 2 examples of indefinite article omission or not? This question is (e)specially directed towards those familiar with ...
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Why no determiner before either 'lunatic' or 'knight' in “He's more lunatic than he is knight”

In the Norton Critical Edition of Don Quijote, ably translated by Burton Raffel, there is a passage in which Sancho Panza is talking about the titular character and he says ...while I am thinking ...
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Article in “A George Lukas film” and its absence in “John's brother” [duplicate]

I'm sure about the 1st sentence, since I always see it at the opening credits of almost every film (a somebody's film). But I'm not sure about the 2nd one, just it doesn't even look correct if I ...
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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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Omission of the indefinite article to eliminate ambiguity

love between husband and wife What is the reason that there is no article (e.g. "love between a husband and a wife") in the above? Has some kind of a rule been identified grammatically when it comes ...
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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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Using “a/an” twice describing “one person”

Is it grammatically correct to use an indefinite article "a" twice in the following sentence: Sean is a coward and a psychopath. There is a previous question about a definite article the, "Is it ...
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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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question about definite article “the”

my sentence is "Getting an A in this class gave me the confidence in taking graduate-level classes." here do i need to use "the" in front of confidence or do i need to omit it? Thank you for your ...
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Lack of vs A lack of

Are there any differences between the uses/meanings of "lack of" and "a lack of" for example in the following? There is a lack of interest in the topic There is lack of research on the subject ...
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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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AN additional $30,000 in income [duplicate]

I've found a phrase "an additional $30,000 in income" in a government document. Is the article an correct there and why?
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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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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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A tendency to use “a” in place of “an” in American English

I have noticed that a lot of native American speakers use the indefinite article "a" in front of words beginning with vowels, such as interesting, old, apple , etc. Is there any reasonable ...
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Should I use “a” or “an” in this case? [duplicate]

I get confused about how to use "a" and "an" correctly. The question of "a" vs "an" should be decided by the pronunciation of the word that follows the article, right? But I've seen the following ...
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Did English have any plural articles in the past?

I am curious as to whether English had any plural articles like in French with "les" and "des".
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The use of indefinite article next to a parenthetical

Context Trevor was intrigued by the problem associated with the use of the indefinite article a. The two versions of the sentence that sparked this reaction are as follows: Version Gamma: The ...
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Use of the indefinite article before a day of the week

Can we use the indefinite article before the name of a day of the week? I was born on a Sunday. Or I was born on Sunday. Which one is more suitable and correct?
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Why did a chicken cross a road? [closed]

To get to another side. Can we conclude from the indefinite article "an" in "another" that the chicken did not have a definite plan in mind?
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Does the indefinite article “an” apply to vowel sounds from foreign languages?

When adding an indefinite article to English nouns, you either select a or an depending on the sound of the first letter of the noun that it precedes. In some languages vowel sounds occur that do not ...
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Can predicative complements not be bare noun phrases in English? That is, are clauses such as “I am student” incorrect?

In Chapter 4 of the book A Student’s Introduction to English Grammar, written by Rodney Huddleston of the University of Queensland and Geoffrey K. Pullum of the University of Edinburgh and published ...
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Definite and indefinite articles when referring to generic abstract objects

My classmate wrote a text about zoos in general, and the word "zoos" in plural form is mentioned many times in it. Later in the text he uses singular form "zoo" two times with indefinite articles, and ...
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Repetition of indefinite article with several adjectives

Sindbad was a rich and a famous sailor. Sindbad was a rich and famous sailor. Which of these are correct? What is the general rule for using articles before a noun with two adjectives?
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Using “a” or “the”?

everyone. When referring to a person, are there any firm guidelines when it comes to the use of "a" or "the" after the comma that follows their name? To clarify: Recently, I was writing an ...
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Request for a scholarly reference for the correct usage of the English indefinite article (a/an). [duplicate]

This is NOT a request for a recommendation of a "best" book. I'm looking for a definitive authoritative source to address a specific question... I recently had a discussion with a friend of mine who ...
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Why is there an indefinite article before “London”? [duplicate]

Two years after his reported Reichenbach Fall demise, Sherlock, who has been cleared of all fraud charges against him, returns with Mycroft's help to a London under threat of terrorist attack. I ...
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Omissions of indefinite articles

I've noticed that today lots of publications, such as textbook, newspapers, magazines, etc, often don't use the indefinite articles "a", "an" with indefinite singular and countable nouns especially in ...
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Which preposition should I use? [duplicate]

Dop I use a or an in the following sentence. You are invited to attend a European Festival or You are invited to attend an European festival
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“I remember a time” vs. “I remember the time”

I remember a time she was working as a waitress. I remember the time she was working as a waitress. Which of these is correct? And why?
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When to use indefinite article before “independence”?

I got this confusion with a particular English grammar: when to say an independence. Like: as children mature, they develop an independence. (Actually...I don't think "an" is even necessary for "...