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In those days he was mainly writing the lyric poetry that was so dear to him. Yes, it is correct. It's identical in structure to, In those days he was mainly driving the ford car that was so dear to him. In those days he was mainly fighting the old battle that was so important to him. In those days he was mainly eating the spicy food that was so ...


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In the UK, we give names to "lines" or routes rather than the train. The definite article is usually used in normal speech, for example "The Victoria Line". A search for "Victoria Line" reveals that this is almost universal in most kinds of texts such as news reports, discussions by or about passengers, services, railway administration. In timetables and ...


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Probably not, although as it is a proper name, any institution can call itself whatever it likes to. In the U.S., most colleges do not use the article, such as Columbia University, Harvard University, etc. However, what most people call Ohio State makes a point of letting anyone who will listen that they are The Ohio State University (even though their ...


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The points in geometry have names, they are marked with capital letters. So when the text says "point A" it is exactly determined which point is meant and it is unnecessary to use the definite article. As a general rule one can say English has a tendency to drop the definite article when it does not achieve much. One can regard this as a kind of shortening. ...


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"The" is used with the description of a thing which is present already in the context of the discussion. Often there is no objective way of predicting whether "the" is appropriate, because it is used by a writer to convey what he thinks the context is like. For instance, if you write "Being a metal, this substance has a conductance, and we measure the ...


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This is a long question with many parts. I'll focus on one. You give the exemplar: "Point A is defined as ..." Now look at the following examples: 1. "Examine this diagram. On it I have highlighted a particular point. The point, A, occurs at the junction of lines L and M." This means "Examine this diagram. On it I have highlighted a ...


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This is known as generic reference. Generic reference is used when one refers to a whole group or class, to generalize about all possible members of a group. There are five patterns one can use: ... d.definite article PLUS singular count noun: It's astonishing what the gymnast can do. e.definite article PLUS plural nationality noun: The ...


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Imagine student-teacher dialog like: "What is a squirrel?" "The 'squirrel' is an animal which lives in the forest, and eats etc." Use of "the" implies that squirrels are interchangeable: if you know one then you know them all.


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This use of the definite article is a metaphoric means of connecting a specific instance of something with the class to which it belongs. So The bicycle is one of the most efficient means of transportation. means that the class of two-wheeled vehicles is at the top of the efficiency list.


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No, "the" is not necessary; in fact it sounds funny. I can't exactly explain why. (Maybe it has something to do with the fact that on a website, checkout is more like a time than a place?) But "at the checkout" (speaking of a website) is not idiomatic in AmE. By the way, I caution you not to fall into the trap of treating "checkout" as a verb. It is a ...


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'ALL'confounds me; it is noun, pronoun, adjective, adverb and conjunction (now obsolete). According to modern grammar, adverbs can modify all parts of speech except interjection. Now let us come to the point. Should it be- • all the people, or ° all people Wiktionary says that as an adjective 'ALL' takes a noun or noun phrase denoted class of which should ...


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In general, when referring to a date without a year, there are two common approaches July 12th and the 12th of July In general, when referring to a weekday without further modifier, the is not used I will see you on Monday. and I need that report by Monday. However, when you are referring to a particular day of the week, but ...


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Spoken aloud, those should be: Something will be delivered on Thursday, the 7th of August. We will complete this task on Monday, the 8th of January. To say that the events are expected to happen at some point during those days and at no other time. In writing, you could contract that to: Something will be delivered on Thursday, 09/07. We ...


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The first "the" in both sentences is unnecessary. You could use "by" instead of them.


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Difficult to give basic rules. One idiomatic use with the definite article is I'm learning to play the piano. Longman DCE.


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"I shoulde'v learned to play the guitar, I shoulde'v learned to play them drums" - Dire Straits. I would definitely go for "the piano". In fact the first sentence sounds strange.


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I actually play the mandolin in a group and it is a small light instrument that can be very easily carried in a small case, more easily than a guitar so this argument is not good enough. I agree that "I play mandolin" seems to be a modern way of saying "I play the part devoted to the mandolin in this group". "I play the mandolin" is the best way to ...


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The should not be used in any of the examples you have cited.


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Let me disagree with all the answers so far. It should be titled The Age of Cathedrals. The French indeed has of the cathedrals (des cathédrales), but French definite articles behave slightly differently than English ones. A more faithful translation would be The Age of Cathedrals. Note that if you wanted to use "the age of cathedrals" in the lyrics, you ...


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Using the definite article adds emphasis to the noun in question. I am unfamiliar with the musical, but if the title is in reference to a particular group of cathedrals, like the ones in Notre-Dame, compared to all cathedrals, this article would be a helpful qualifier. Adding the definitive article is like saying "this specific set of cathedrals" rather ...


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The rule is that if it is a specific thing then use 'the'. If generic then no 'the' So it should be: The TIF (the function) is the IRT analog (it is a particular analog) of CTS theory. (A theory is generic) 2,3,4 all take 'the'.


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1) Leave out the first "the"; keep the others. 2) Leave out the first "the"; keep the latter one (and if you get to choose the number of ICCs, the latter "the" should be of the) 3) Keep the "the" before "X" (assuming X is a proper noun, capitalized; if not, there might be multiple "x" techniques, in which case you would say "an x technique") 4) Keep the ...


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"the interference" refers to some known, previously mentioned interference (e.g. atmospheric interference or general interference) "interference" means "any interference that may exist"



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