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Using “a”, “an” “the” articles in term definitions [duplicate]

Which article is correct to use when defining а term? For example: Cryptography is a/the field that deals with encryption and hiding messages from a third parties. Encoding is a/the process ...
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Articles to use with musical instruments [duplicate]

Which of these is correct?: ''The intro to that song is played on a guitar'' or "The intro to that song is played on the guitar"? Thank you in advance :)
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Which sentence is correct? Which tense is better to use?

How to say grammatically correct that I had a problem, but then it's gone when I tried a recommendation: I had the same problem. Thanks, recommendation above helps me! or I had the same problem....
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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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“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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