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Using “The” at the beginning of a sentence [duplicate]

Which one is better? And why? The contracted personnel can be employed by the institution. Contracted personnel can be employed by the institution.
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What article to use before nationality?

Should I use' an 'Indefinite article' or 'definite' article before mentioning nationality. For an example; Matthew Sanchez was a French national with Computer Science doctorate from Oxford. Is ...
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“An autonomous being” vs “autonomous being”? When to place an indefinite article? [duplicate]

He treats her as property rather than an autonomous being. or He treats her as property rather than autonomous being. Which of the above sentences is correct and why?
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Could somebody please help me out with articles? [duplicate]

Being Russian, I am having a fairly hard time understanding the concept of articles usage in various situations. Also it is hard to find truly elaborate manuals online. So here I would like to give an ...
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“The number of people” or "a number of people? [closed]

"The" and "A" have been genuinely giving me a lot of challenges ever since I could remember. I am to this day struggling to figure out when to use which. I am just now putting a sentence together ...
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Why the determiner “the” is missing?

"The descriptions given by people who claimed to have seen the puma were extraordinarily similar." It is a sentence from the first article of the NEW CONCEPT ENGLISH 3. I was wondering that why the ...
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I’m stuck with a and the. What is the mental process to choose between them? [duplicate]

If the word isn’t specific, so need ’a’. Or If the word isn’t common, so need ’the’. Which way your mental process works?
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A brief history v. the brief history - what explains the difference in function?

I'm puzzling over a difference in sense between two expressions as I've seen them in titles of texts. Here they are with examples: A Brief History. Brief modifies history, which here seems to refer ...
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Dilemma in using Articles [duplicate]

The old woman reduced the self-esteem of the speaker. My question is why it is the self-esteem.
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a barn vs the barn [duplicate]

What is the difference between these two sentences: Tom was hiding in the barn. Tom was hiding in a barn.
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When do I use a direct or indirect article to denote something?

The concrete example stems from a text that I am co-authoring with a friend whose native language is Czech. Mine is German. It goes like this: This regime is called random phase To me, it feels ...
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Definite article usage

What's the difference between the two sentences and which one is grammatically correct: "She is the best and wisest girl in the class.", "She is the best and the wisest girl in the class."?
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use of indefinite article before many varying uncountable nouns [duplicate]

I have been trying to find a rule or set of rules to explain how 'a' and 'an' are used with uncountable nouns, mainly to understand the many exceptions that I have been thinking of recently. Consider ...
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Is the word 'the' unnecessary in the English language?

Measuring the frequency of words in almost every English book or document (which is long enough) ends up ranking the word 'the' as the most used word. Is there any solid function the word 'the' plays ...
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Using the definite article with grocery products [duplicate]

If you ask someone working at a store 'Where's milk?' would that be right grammatically or does it have to be 'Where's the milk?' I know in the kitchen you would say 'Where's the milk?' or 'Where's ...

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