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Questions tagged [articles]

Use this tag for questions about the usage of articles (e.g. a, an, and the).

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“Which planet is nearest Earth?” vs “Which planet is the nearest to Earth?”

I don't understand why the definite article is not used in front of the superlative and why we don't use the preposition "to" as in: Which planet is the nearest to Earth? instead of ...
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Articles and Prepositions: “At/The mountain of…” and “…descended in/on her head” [on hold]

The/A mountain of family responsibilities had already descended in/on her head. According to me, it is in her head. But I am not 100% sure about the answer because in the net various answers are ...
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The usage of the article with the word “Devil”

Someone asked me to translate a sentence from Russian and I couldn't decide which of the two variants is correct: "Call me the devil" or "Call me devil". I am aware that there are several meanings of ...
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'Are you sure you want to delete selected items OR the selected items?'?

"Are you sure you want to delete selected items?" or "Are you sure you want to delete the selected items?" Which one is correct? Maybe it's better to say " delete these items" and to avoid this issue?...
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Shoud I use an indefinite article before “enemy forces”?

"The soldiers gave themselves up in the face of a stronger enemy forces" I saw this sentence in my textbook and I'd like to know if there is an error here? Shoud I really use an indefinite article ...
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“The Go Programming Language” - is the article necessary? [on hold]

https://golang.org/ Not a native speaker. To me it sounds weird. I'd say "Go programming language". Thanks
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What do consecutive articles mean? [closed]

I found a sentence: The the more common mediums of cold storage are listed with some of their weaknesses. What does the double "the" mean here? Is this a typo?
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'following independence' or 'following the independence'

Example: Economic growth was prioritized to ensure political stability in the years immediately following the independence. My friend suggested to delete 'the'. I have also found a lot of examples ...
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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/the girl living next door

What is the difference in meaning (however slight) between the two following sentences? Both brothers fell in love with a girl living next door. Both brothers fell in love with the girl living ...
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Do we use the definite article when a noun is already uniquely identified?

Do I say "Answer question 4" or "Answer the question 4" ? I'm in doubt about which form to use in a test I'm preparing for my students...
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Placing an article before or after an adjective

Why is does the article change positions in the following: such a good person so good a person Haven't been able to answer my student's question on this one, and if you change the adjectives to "...
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Which is correct? “…had the opportunity…” or “…gotten an oppurtunity…”

I hadn't really had the opportunity to buy her a gift or I hadn't really gotten an opportunity to buy her a gift
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Article usage: “in (/the/a) polar form”

Looking at usage frequencies in Google: "in polar form" - 162000 occurrences "in the polar form" - 85100 "in a polar form" - 26200 The context I am interested is math and it seems that most ...
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Why is “a” used before “smoke” in this sentence? [closed]

I only have half an hour-barely time for a smoke and a cup of tea. Smoke is uncountable so why is there an article used?
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Proper form of “user request”

The context is an Internet platform to which http requests are sent. In a sentence like this: The system behaves differently when users' requests increase. what is the correct usage of user request ...
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One sentence in Another day in paradise lyrics

She calls out to the man on the street 'Sir, can you help me? This is a hugely popular song worldwide by Phil Collins. When I look at the lyrics, I wonder if this is also grammatically correct if I ...
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Articles with conparatives

Which is correct: Is a house better than an apartment or Is the house better than the apartment? or maybe Are houses better than apartments?
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'There is the orange on the table' is this sentence correct?

What I know is this; if both speakers and listeners know what it is, we can use article 'the'. So, here's my question; 'There is the orange on the table'; is this sentence correct? if there is only ...
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Staying at Ace vs staying at the Ace; Ace Hotel

Name of hotel is "Ace Hotel". Which is correct: "I am staying at Ace", "I am staying at the Ace" or neither?
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Why is the article omitted before “climate change”?

In the book "Advanced Grammar in Use" there is a sentence: We will talk about climate change in a later part of the course. Q1: Why is the article completely omitted in front of "climate change"? ...
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No article with president [duplicate]

If I were president... Why don't we have article "a" before "president"? Thank you!
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Which article is correct when referring to a disease? (e.g. the flu, a cold) [duplicate]

I just had my first Composition 102 lecture and the professor said that when you refer to a disease you use "the" as in "the flu." I don't argue with that example because you say "I have the flu," ...
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Day without an article in “Day in the life of (xx)”

Sometimes I find people use “day in the life of” instead of “a day in the life of” in YouTube titles. May I ask what is the difference?
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“go to the store/bank” or “go to a store/bank”

I've searched all the internet, but mostly the explanation was so different from one another that i couldn't come up with one conclusion. I know in some cases, articles are not needed between 'to' ...
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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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it's a kind of impossible… Argument with teacher

So i'm arguing with my teacher about this one phrase on my writing exam. I've written: "It's kind of impossible not to like her." And she corrected it to: "it's a kind of impossible not to like her." ...
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Omitting article before “evaluation”

In the sentence This talk focuses on an evaluation of.... it somehow feels way more natural to omit the article: This talk focuses on evaluation of.... Or at least change the sentence like so:...
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Article 'the' usage in noun + number

Which is the correct one ? How can I get to the gate D32 ? How can I get to gate D32 ?
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which is correct?, at the interview … or at interview

At interview she was casually dressed with good hygiene and engaged well. or At the interview she was casually dressed with good hygiene and engaged well.
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The usage of article: “stone, a stone, the stone, stones speak(s) in silence”?

The usage or non-usage of article and number of noun is always a headache for non-native English speakers, particularly to Asians who don’t have the notion of article and number (singular / plural) in ...
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“If you are not [a] vegan” - should there be an article? [closed]

I'm not sure about the sentence in the title. I feel like there should be an article, but I often see how people write "I'm vegan" omitting the article. Why do they omit it?
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Using “woman” without article: “I am woman”

I heard the lyrics of a song by Helen Reddy: I am woman, hear me roar In numbers too big to ignore […] I am woman watch me grow See me standing toe to toe As I spread my lovin' arms ...
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Why is the article used in “downloading a scammer's files”? [closed]

Is there a rule about such cases? I just can not understand. Downloading a scammer's files. The name of the video from YouTube.
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An involved proof or a involved proof [duplicate]

Is it an involved proof or a involved proof? Involved begins with a vowel sound so it should be an, however an-in sounds wrong when I say it out loud. Why does it sound wrong and which one is correct?...
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When two adjectives need two different indefinite articles

What do you do when two adjectives require different indefinite articles? Is this sentence correct: "Here is an easy and fun way to accomplish the task." Normally, "fun" would take the article "a" ...
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Can ‘calorific value’ be used without an article?

While reading the following sentence, I was wondering why the term calorific value doesn't take an article. I have been taught that a singular noun always takes an article unless it is part of an ...
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Which phrase sounds better( more natural and common for native speaker).“ Victim of art”

I have doubts about the phrase "Victim of art". Should I change it to "Art victim" or it can be used as it is but may be I miss articles? Or, please, suggest your own version with the same sense. ...
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Proper usage of an article/determiner in the given sentence

Recently I have read a book in chemistry field, and I have encountered this sentence: This is because typical metal Lewis acids are deactivated by the nitrogen atoms of the product formed that are ...
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The usage of articles

In this sentence, In the pursuit of my computer science degree at WUSTL, I have mastered.... Should there be a the in front of pursuit? In other words, should the sentence be changed to In pursuit of ...
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Which option is correct?

Can you tell which option is correct? And why it is necessary to use or not to use this or that article? I have pizza. or I have a pizza.
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“Were someone someone, … would …” structure

I have been practicing my English reading skill for a while. I try to read news article from various sources. Lately, I found this article (link: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/10/...
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About the usage of “an” in this context

To believe a person is not necessarily to treat him as an original authority. He is an original authority on what he himself has done and seen and heard: I say an original authority because I only ...
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Use of articles, which one is correct?

Corinth was a rich, but not a very enlightened state OR Corinth was a rich, but not very enlightened state. Which one should I use? Thanks in advance.
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“currently is a …” or “is currently a …”

I'm not sure which statement is more correct. John has been with the team since 2010 and is currently a senior researcher OR John has been with the team since 2010 and currently is a senior ...
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Article before nouns in the appositive phrase?

Here are two examples: Nobody creates post-apocalyptic flicks better than George Miller, the director of Mad Max series. Is the necessary before director, and can it be omitted? The business was ...
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Is the “the” necessary

I am sure this question has been asked somewhere else before, but I don't know what terms I would need to search to find it. A Native Russian speaking friend, who is learning English asked me a ...
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The Educator for football technology or The educator of football technology [closed]

Please, could you explain that sentence, and also articles "the educator" or "educator" what is correct?
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Pass me the almond cookie V/s Pass me an almond cookie

Sentence:Pass me the almond cookie. Why does this sentence not framed like -"Pass me an almond cookie" IS it because the person wants "the almond cookie" out of all other cookies. Because the ...
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Why is “the” used here? I would use not article in this dialog

It upsets Sheldon when you play with the food...It upsets Sheldon when you play with the Sheldon. First sentence I kinda can justify the, second one - just don't get it. (The big bang theory. https://...