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I am thinking how to write articles here:

  1. The result is the map of the size x × y which is not a grid.

  2. The result is the map of a size x × y which is not a grid.

  3. The result is the map of the size x × y which is not a grid.

I think the in "the map" because it is specifying size. Probably, a in "a map" when it is mentioned for the first time.

But there is the specific size x × y which makes me uncertain about the case.

How can you say use the articles in such a case?

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    Is there a reason (homework?) why you must use an article? Because "a map of size x × y" is the most natural form. – MSalters Nov 13 '15 at 12:06
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If I were creating such a map I would say 'the result is an 8.5" x 11" map, without a grid'. Of course use your own measurements.

  • I cannot put values there. I must use "x \times y". So probably "the result is an x \times y map" is ok. What do you think? – Léo Léopold Hertz 준영 Nov 13 '15 at 13:05
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    If I couldn't use measurements I would say "the result is a map X(units) by Y(units), without a grid". I would type out "by" so as not to confuse the X axis with the "x" of multiplication. Otherwise you end up with "XxY" which just seems awkward, and detrimental to clear understanding, to me at least. – Misneac Nov 13 '15 at 17:13

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