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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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Undefinite article absence in scheduled actions

this morning I saw a sign at a metrostation "Train arrives in a minute". The question is: Why the article "a" is omitted before the word "train"? I would say "A train arrives..." because 1) train here ...
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Use of an ARTICLE [duplicate]

Americans tend to insert an Article as in "going to the hospital" while the English do not eg. "going to hospital". Is there a language Rule involved or is this simply a dialect difference?
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How to tell when to put article? [migrated]

I don't know when to put definite and when to put indefinite article so I have few questions. "This is a true story about a man who chose the worst possible time for his crime. It happened in London ...
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Using a or an article before unfamiliar or new termed acronym

I have seen in a number of places, such as this answer, that the usage of a or an in front of an acronym is dependent on the common pronunciation of that acronym. I am confused for the following ...
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Tom and Julia are “husband and wife” or “_a_ husband and wife”

I saw this sentence in a book: Tom, 45, and Julia, 40, are husband and wife. It sounded natural to me not to use the article "a" before "husband and wife". But I'd like to know the grammatical ...
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When do we use the article “a” before “people”?

I read a sentence in a chapter named "The Last Lesson" which was: That, we must guard it among us and never forget it, because when a people are enslaved, as long as they hold fast to their language, ...
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“an/a institution” [duplicate]

Today I read a tweet from a respected British journalist which stated: "an flawed institution". To my ear this is wrong and should be "a flawed institution" Albeit, I appreciate you can say "an ...
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Why does “I wake up in the morning.” sound better than “I wake up in morning”? [closed]

I'm confused because some of my friend said the latter while I use the former.
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Definite or indefinite article when describing a historical person

According to this question: Definite and indefinite articles when introducing a person one can use a definite, indefinite or no article at all when introducing a particular person. Which option is 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” [closed]

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? [closed]

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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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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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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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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'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 ...