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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“A/An” preceding a parenthetical statement

When a/an precedes a parenthetical aside (sometimes seen in informal/conversational writing), should the vowel rule depend on the first word in parentheses, or the next word in the "regular" flow of ...
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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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Do you use “a” or “an” before acronyms?

99% of the time, I'm clear on when I should use "a" versus "an." There's one case, though, where people & references I respect disagree. Which of the following would you precede with "a" or "an," ...
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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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“He has a PS4 and an Xbox One” or “he has a PS4 and Xbox One”?

Which one is grammatically correct? If both are correct, in what context is either used?
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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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Why is there no plural indefinite article?

The takes either a singular or a plural subject. A/an only takes the singular. When we pluralize a noun preceded by an indefinite article, we simply drop the article (sometimes replacing it with ...
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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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incorporating foreign words with articles? [migrated]

I am helping with a Japanese tutorial and would like to omit indefinite (sometimes definite) articles when referencing a Japanese word. Is this wise? Can't seem to find info on this point. Thanks
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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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When should I use “a” vs “an”?

In the following example, is it appropriate to use a or an as the indefinite article, and why? He ate __ green apple. I know that in the case of just "apple", it would be "an apple," but I've ...
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“Half an hour” versus “half hour”

I'll be back in half an hour. I'll be back in half hour. Which is the correct sentence? Are there any differences between British English, and American English?
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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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“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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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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“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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'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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Can I start a sentence with a singular noun with no article?

For example, which one of the following sentences can I use? Consumer of Product X needs to fill out a rebate form […]. Consumers of Product X need to […]. A consumer of Product X needs to ...
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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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Difference between “change is constant” and “change is a constant”

The boss asked me the other day whether it's more correct to say In our business, change is constant. or In our business, change is a constant. Both of these sound perfectly correct to me, ...
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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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How many articles should go in “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”?

On the very first Christmas card it was written as "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year..." http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/christmas-card-sayings-and-phrases.html In Wiktionary that same ...
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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”?

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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Difference between “an” and “one”

Forgive me if I miss something very obvious; English is not my native language. I am currently taking an online (sort of) Math class that aims to teach creating/writing unambiguous Mathematical ...
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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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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?
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“An SATA device”? Weird article choice in suggested edit

This question references a suggested edit I rejected on Super User. The edit suggested that the a in There's no way you're plugging any of those directly into a SATA interface. be changed to ...
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“An html” or “A html” [duplicate]

An html file with above form structure is given to you. or A html file with above form structure is given to you.
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Should I put an indefinite article in front?

There are two main approaches to extracting information from less structured or even free text web pages: classification-based approach and sequential labeling-based approach. It is from my ...
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Is “a/an” an example of liaison in English?

French there is a process called liaison, where final consonants are omitted unless the next word starts with a vowel. Would it be accurate to say that the English indefinite article (a/an) is an ...
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Why is it “an yearly”?

In the book The Wealth of Nations, (Adam Smith, 1776), the words an yearly are used. Why was this an exception to the indefinite article rules? Chapter VI, Book I: At the rate of ten per cent ...
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article before (vowel) consonent [duplicate]

When the text is written as Once upon a time there was ... (old) man. The parenthesis indicates that it could have been old or otherwise. That is the word old can be omitted or used. Which ...
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When should I use “a” versus “an” in front of a word beginning with the letter h?

A basic grammar rule is to use an instead of a before a vowel sound. Given that historic is not pronounced with a silent h, I use “a historic”. Is this correct? What about heroic? Should be “It was a ...
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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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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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What is the difference between “little” and “a little”?

I would like to know how these two words differ in usage. Which one is singular? Which one is plural? I would greatly appreciate if you could provide me with a sample usage of these phrases.
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Is It More Appropriate To Use “One” or “You” When Speaking Of An Indefinite Person?

In high school English, it was imparted to us that in formal American English when speaking about an indefinite party, we should use the word one. For example, "One should cover his or her mouth when ...
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“Between a mother and daughter” vs. “between a mother and a daughter”

What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences? The relationship between a mother and daughter. The relationship between a mother and a daughter. I know both are ...
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“There is X” vs “There is a/an X”

1: There is a reluctance on the part of European companies to buy from American sources. 2: There is an emphasis on the organic roots of spirituality. 3: There is a tendency to make the ...
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Singular or plural usage for ellipsis in direct object

Suppose I have the following sentences: There should be an X and a Y chromosome. There should be an X and a Y chromosomes. Is the second grammatically correct? If the last word had to be plural for ...