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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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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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use of Article in Sentences [duplicate]

The school provides services of art teacher. or School provides the services of art teacher. which one is correct
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“The Beach” vs “A restaurant”

When I want to go out to eat, I say: "let's go to a restaurant," but when I want to go play on the sand I say: "let's go to the beach." Why is that true? In both cases I'm talking about ...
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Article use in “She is a/the of two children.” [duplicate]

I am confused by seeing the definite article in sentences like "She is the mother of x" where x has not been mentioned yet. For example, "She lives in Pittsburgh and is the mother of two daughters and ...
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What is “The” meaning of “A Word” or What is “Without Article” meaning of “A Word”? [duplicate]

Hi I am talking with my English-native friend and my friend used the word "Comprise". So I asked her "What is the meaning of the word Comprise?" But I think comprise could have multiple meaning ...
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Which one is right: Prepare 'the project specification' or 'a project specification'? [duplicate]

Recently I've encountered a problem with articles' usage in one specific case. (Articles aren't the strongest part of my English proficiency) Which one should I use? Prepare the project ...
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The children. How to tell whose exactly?

According to Murphy’s grammar, the definite article is used when specific things are meant, for example: “We took the children to the zoo. (a specific group, perhaps the speaker’s children) “ What ...
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Difference between “a” and “the”? [duplicate]

I have a question regarding the usage of articles. What is the difference between "a" and "the"? Why do I need to use "a" in "that was a winter I"ll never forget."? Can I use "the" instead? Also, ...
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a company vs the company [duplicate]

I'm doing IELTS preparation tests. One of the tasks is to read a text and compltete the summary by filling the gaps. I did it without mistakes. Text: Before committing yourself to postgraduate ...
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Using the definite article with the phrase “in a past life”

It seems like you can use only the indefinite article with this phrase, but I don't get it. You can say: "in a past life", but not "in the past life" though you can say "in the past year". What's the ...
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Why does it use 'would have'? [closed]

Holding hands, people jumped in the water, and floated around in Boston’s Charles River recently. That is something that would not have been possible years ago because the river was so polluted. Why ...
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a or the in this sentence? [duplicate]

There is a reading exercise in this book I am using to teach. It goes ... A: Excuse me, is there a post office near here? B: Yes. There's post office in Jindrisska Street. Turn right a the ...
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The articles. A sentence about introduction of something [duplicate]

Which articles should I use in sample sentence below? I prepared a/the guide about component installation. Please, check it by a/the link http://... on a/the page 15.
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the vulnerability of (a/the/no article) domestic market [duplicate]

The sentence is: One of the limitations of liberalization is that it increases the vulnerability of (a/the/no article) domestic market to foreign shocks. Am I free to use either 'the', 'a', or no ...

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