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Why do we use “the” followed by “user” in “a window prompts the user to make…”? [duplicate]

I've found this piece of text in the Android Developers Documentation: A dialog is a small window that prompts the user to make a decision or enter additional information. A dialog does not fill ...
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Usage of definite article before the word “deductions”? [migrated]

I have a question regarding the definite article. Do we use "the" before deductions? The sentence goes like this: You can view the deductions in your scorecard for the current month. Let me know if ...
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Should I use a/an or not in these sentences [migrated]

‎Should I use "an" or "a" or nothing in the following? It's a product with (an) international quality You shouldn't buy (an) oil with any of the following People view (an) oil being ...
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tribute to … (the/zero article)

I was given a guitar-shaped wooden craft for my birthday, it says 'tribute to the Rock'n'Roll'. Is it correct to say it like this? tribute to the Rock'n'Roll tribute to the Rock'n'Roll music tribute ...
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When articles are not used [migrated]

Why don't the below sentences have articles: He is of Asian origin. They belonged to Africa. What are they not: He is of an Asian origin. They belonged to the Africa. I came ...
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Why do some illness names have “the” preceding them? [duplicate]

The flu, the measles, the mumps, and the plague, for example, are usually preceded by "the". Is there a reason for this? Most other illness names don't seem to have an article as a prefix like this.
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“The” as a subject?

Could I use a word the as a subject, omitting the actual one? Just like this: The man has bought a hat; the [hat] fits him. It's a Russian joke, by the way.
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Indefinite article [duplicate]

If the rule about the indefinite article is: 'a' is used before nouns starting with a consonant. Why is 'an' used in the following sentence: I want to work in an outstanding company.
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Shall I compare “thee” to “thuh”? [duplicate]

This may sound silly, but I keep hearing people saying "thuh" instead of "thee" for "the" in front of adjectives or nouns starting with a vowel or a diphthong. Like, "thuh' old people, "thuh" other ...
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Can I omit “the” in the sentence “Search restaurant to read the menu”?

I am developing a user interface with a search field and unfortunately I am not a native English speaker. This is the placeholder / help text for that field: Search restaurant to read the menu ...
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“played a main role” [closed]

Why is it "played a main role", not "played the main role" in the example statements below? Before the invention of transistors vacuum tubes played a main role in electronics. He played a main role ...
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Why no article? [migrated]

I'm a university student of English and we are studying "Articles" in our grammar module. Our teacher gave us this sentence, "You have egg on your tie." And asked us why we haven't used an article. ...
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'by the end of' or 'by end of'

Is there any difference between 'by the end of November' and 'by end of November'? I have looked 'end' up in the BBI Combinatory Dictionary of English, but it gives only 'by the end of the year" ...
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Missing “the” - on the official page without any reason

From the official Autodesk page: Create or open a document with the styles you want to copy to the style library. From the official For Dummies page: Create a new document or open a document ...
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Should it be 'an' or 'a' in front of an abbreviation? [duplicate]

I am using abbreviations for well-known phrases: e.g., "Nash equilibrium" becomes NE and "neural networks" becomes NN. Should I use "an NN" or "a NN"? Does it matter whether a reader "unfolds" the ...
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“The” for the first time only

A quote from LibreOffice user manual: Turning on hyphenation for the Default Style paragraph style affects all other paragraph styles that are based on Default Style. You can individually change ...
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Leaving out “the” article, correct or not? [migrated]

I am writing a scientific article and the title reads something like: Dimensionality reduction algorithms : tackling complex organization of datasets I had a doubt question, should I say "tackling ...
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The article THE - two different specifications? [closed]

I like the streets of London! Here are my questions. 1) Does it mean that I like ALL streets of London or only some of them or it can mean either ALL or SOME? 2) Is it correct to leave "the" out? - ...
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Usage of a definite article with a proper name + defining characteristic [closed]

Suppose in a book there is a character named Alex, and he has a beard. There are no other Alexes mentioned. Which variant is correct? 1. "Hello," said bearded Alex. or 2. "Hello," said the bearded ...
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playing A guitar - is wrong, but why? how does it sound to an Eng.speaker?

I've done my small research on StackExchange and (I think) I realised a subtle difference between: playing THE guitar (usually means playing for yourself, on leisure) and playing guitar (usually ...
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Definite article required or not?

I am having difficulty deciding whether the definite article is required in the following sentence. An indicator of a strong character is (the) person’s ability to compliment the achievements of ...
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Does the word “collection” need an article in this sentence?

Original sentence: "Science is largely based on testing disprovable hypotheses through collection of quantitative data". I was told by a professor that "collection" would need to be preceded by "the"....
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Use of an Article for Performance

The word performance in the broadest sense is a countable noun and hence would require an article. However, what happens in a different context when performance is not countable. Which of these two ...
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About cases you don't use the article “the” and “a” | Would anybody be able to tell me why there is no article in this case? [duplicate]

I read an article of the link below: https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/hong-kong-protester-shot-1.5303783 My question is why the subject "Hong Kong protester" in the title has no article "a" and ...
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Omitting an implied article, or avoiding repetition [duplicate]

If I say "The boy and girl are..." I think it's as correct as "The boy and the girl", as some natives told me that. Do you confirm? But what is the rule in English for non repeating the article? ...
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Should I use “the” in this case and why?

"Download (the) React repository". I think "the" shouldn't be used in this case, because we already have the name of the repository. But: "Open React. Download the repository." - download the ...
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'Have licence' vs. 'Have /a/ licence'

I wrote in an essay: 'We now have licence to move beyond [an idea].' Grammarly flagged this up, saying that I should add an article before 'licence'. Is this true, or is 'licence' interchangeable with ...
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The definite article before nouns mentioned for the first time

I've been taught that when one mentions an object for the first time and it's countable, one should use a/an before it. I know that there are exceptions, when you speak of a renoun object which ...
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'The' combination vs. 'a' combination

Our current house color is the combination of beige and gray, but I'd like to pick a different one. Our current house color is a combination of beige and gray, but I'd like to pick a different one. ...
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Is determiner 'a' needed in “one would call such a value a constant”?

I read the following in a computer programming book: In other languages, one would call such a value a constant. However, the following appears grammatical: In other languages, one would call ...
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Why don't we use “the” in this sentence structure? (sometimes)

How come in English, we have this structure that omits "the". The school is in need of funding. He is in search of adventure. Subject + is in + X + of + Y But then, also have "the" ...
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Why don't you say “the” in this sentence? [duplicate]

I asked a friend of mine who lives in France, who isn't so good at speaking the English language, if she has a favorite animal and she answered with: Yes I like the cats. I told her that you don't ...
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“An accuracy”, “the accuracy”, “accuracies”, or just “accuracy”

I have been having difficulting using the word "accuracy" and I am not sure how to add an article before "accuracy". The sentence I am trying to write is "To guarantee accuracy, we ...". I looked up ...
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When can I omit articles when writing instructions? [closed]

I am a native speaker. Say I am writing a set of instructions for making a cup of tea, I would normally write it as: Add water to kettle and boil. Place tea in pot and pour hot water over top. ...
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Collins Dictionary error: “a new design”?

I am looking up the Collins Dictionary today for the word "design". https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us/dictionary/english/design In meaning 4, I see this: uncountable noun The design of ...
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Why articles being ommited sometime? [closed]

Sometime before nouns there's no definite or indefinite articles like in this sentence (before representatives and congressional districts): The House of Representative is composed of ...
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Specific case regarding the omission of “The”

As a language learner I sometimes browse the English section of HiNative to answer questions in my spare time, and a day ago I ran across a question that puzzled me. I can't remember the exact wording,...
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“In the Figure 1 (below)” or “in Figure 1 (below)”

I have a stupid question about the use of the word "Figure". Do we say "In Figure below" or "In the Figure below". Thanks Omer
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'On behalf of' usage

I have read many sentences making use of 'on behalf of' meaning 'as a representative of'. I know behalf is a noun, so when we could use 'on the behalf of' in a sentence? I consulted many websites, but ...
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The space shuttle returned to the earth

1.The earth moves round the sun. 2.We live on earth. 3. The space shuttle returned to earth. I know that the definite article the is used before the word earth when it is considered a planet. ...
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When does 'of' make a noun specific and require 'the'?

I still don't understand when to use 'the' with noun combinations like n+'of'+n and when not. Grammarly underlines 'absence of' (suggests putting 'the' before it) but doesn't underline 'lack of'. What'...
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Why do we sometimes use nouns without articles?

Why is the adjective "nonsensical" not used in the following sentence? And why is the noun form correct? Why do we never use an article before the word "nonsense"? Isn't it a noun? has it something to ...
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Which article to use? “a” or “the”? [duplicate]

When translating a surveyor's report on dimensions of an apartment, one is posed with phrases such as "northwards: a wall, for 3m in length, to the skylight, or a pony wall, for 2.8m in length, ...
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Why would “an mule” be used instead of “a mule”? [closed]

As generally agreed and as extensively discussed in this question, "an" should be used in place of the more common "a" where the following word begins with a vowel sound. I have just encountered for ...
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Do I need the definite article? “In life” or “In the life”? [closed]

Those in a hurry should realise that speed is not a means to success in life. Those in a hurry should realise that speed is not a means to success in the life.
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“A larger” vs “larger” to describe the sample size of a study

I wrote a sentence: A study with a larger sample size is required to make more conclusive remarks. Grammarly tells me it should be, "A study with larger sample size is required to make more ...
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Using articles for mathematical objects

I am writing a paper and don't know whether I need to use "the", or no article in the following cases. 1) I write "Let M be a matrix such as...". Then I need to refer to this matrix further in the ...
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Should the article “the” be used twice with a proper noun starting with “the”? [duplicate]

If a proper noun includes the word "the" and we want to refer to it using the definite article, should "the" appear twice in succession? For example: "Can you pass me The Who CD?" vs. "can you pass ...
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Last time/The last time

I went to a drug store and said: 1) I took this cream from you guys THE last time. Is 'the' necessary? Is there any difference between 'last time' and 'the last time' Similar problems: 2) THE last ...
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Thanks for (the?) jokes - is it definite enough for using definite article?

Context is the birthday congratulation note and it contains phrase "thanks for funny jokes and interesting lessons". Should we put "the" before the "jokes"? Similarly, should we say "thanks for (the)...