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

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Which one is correct: “He is the taller of the two” or “He is taller of the two”

He is the taller of the two. He is taller of the two. Which one is correct and why?
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Is ' The Full Moon ' correct? [migrated]

Can ' The ' be used infront of Full moon? Yesterday I saw.... Fullmoon. Or Yesterday I saw the Full moon.
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In “A plethora of”, should I use “A” always? [on hold]

A plethora of problems Plethora of problems Are both ok? Because in many articles, "A" is not written.
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When to use “A” before a proper noun? [duplicate]

I wonder if we can put "A" before a proper noun. Here's an example I found on Google: As a Vietnam veteran I remembered that it was 16 years after my tour in Vietnam. I wish to know why the author ...
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When using abbreviated names for chemical elements such as gold (Au) or silver (Ag), should I use 'an' or 'a'? [duplicate]

I'm writing a scientific paper about gold and silver nanoparticles. It is common in such a context to use the elemental symbols rather than the full names of the metals i.e. to write about 'Au ...
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Why this article is used, preposition and question formation [closed]

you can fool some people all the time, but not everyone The question is why it is all the time? Please do explain to me Why it is I have another piece of work for you and not to you? I am protecting ...
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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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Parallelism of Adjectives

You must bring a black car, truck, and long black bus. Does this statement clearly show the truck is black? Which statement is correct if we have no clues whether the truck is black or not? You ...
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Use no article when referring to numbers or letters in a list

Rule 48: Use Ø when referring to numbers or letters in a list. Ex: Could you read number 1, please? ref: Cole, Tom. The Article Book. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2000. Following the ...
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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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Why is an article not needed before the noun “island” in this sentence?

This question is based on the following excerpt from a GRE example: Experts have differed about where the genus Varanus (monitor lizards) originated. Because most existing species live in Australia,...
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Tomorrow we will announce a winner! Or “the winner”? [migrated]

The voting is running now, so we don't know yet who is a/the winner. Tomorrow we will announce a winner! Tomorrow we will announce the winner! Which one is correct?
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Using an article before a noun adjunct

I have an issue with putting articles in phrases like: "the equipment diagnostics and repair", "the equipment damage or breakage", "the Asset user’s explanation", "the asset damage or breakage causing"...
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Rent your house “for the long term” or “in the long term” or “for/in long term”?

what would be the correct as a tagline? I am talking to the house owner Rent your house for the long term Rent your house in the long term Rent your house for long term Rent your house in long term ...
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Which article, if any, is the best choice in this case?

I work in IT and have a question about using articles in the following sentence: There is ____ AllowedChanges table with ____ AllowedPctType column in the database. So my question is which ...
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Daring forays into artful subervsion [closed]

I found some lines in an article. I have failed to understand them fully. Can I get some help? The novels of the Nigerian author Amos Tutola have on one side been extolled as daring forays into an ...
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Should there be any article before “bilingual and multilingual users of English” in this sentence? [closed]

__ bilingual and multilingual users of English far outnumber its monolingual native speakers. Should there be any article at the start of this sentence? Also, why?
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When can I omit *the* from certain prhases?

After reviewing an interesting question and answer here: Is 'at the time of writing' correct?, I'm wondering if I couldn't do something more simple: At time of writing, this is all that has ...
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Man vs a man vs the man

Consider this sentence She always dreamed of man / a man / the man like you. What is the difference between them?
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“a scorched earth” vs “the scorched earth”

It seems to me that for some nouns which are usually preceded by the article "the", such as "the earth," "the sun," the article changes from "the" to "a/an" when you add an adjective in front of the ...
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“in efforts to” vs “in an effort to”

Is efforts being used properly in this sentence because we are promoting multiple efforts? In efforts to promote our products, we are providing a website and flyers for your use. Or should it be: ...
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A question about an article usage [migrated]

I was checking the phrase "under the circumstances" on a dictionary. According to the dictionary, the definition reads: given the difficult nature of the situation. Do you notice the "the" in front ...
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Can't understand the choice of definite article

I was trying to learn how to use articles correctly by reading different texts and analysing them, when I noticed this sentence: "I dip THE long-handled wooden dipper in A bucket and pour water over ...
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The omission of articles before the last two nouns in 'There is a missing bridge between business and technology'

I came across the following sentence in an article: "There is a missing bridge between business and technology" To the best of my understanding when a noun is used, it should have an article (a, ...
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Using article 'a' before pizza

I found a sentence: No one wants to wait long for pizza. Why is there no article before "pizza"? Can we use an article? If yes, how will the sense of the sentence be changed? Answer: Using &...
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“Within the month” vs “Within a month” is there a difference?

Just applied for a job and they said "Must be available to start within the month". Does that mean by the end of month? In this case August 30th? Or does it mean 30 days from now, meaning September ...
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Two articles in a row

Is there a correct English sentence which contains two (in)definite articles in a row such as: "a a"/"the the"/"a the"/"the a" ?
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Is the article required or can it be dropped? [duplicate]

My student secured first place among 100 other students. Is an article necessary before "first"? Should it be "a" or "the"?
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Question about using “a” in sentence [closed]

I don’t even know how to accurately ask this question, but I need to know which of the following is correct: Tom Smith is an Arizona native and partner at the Law Offices of Smith & Smith. Or ...
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A/the in two examples

I read a book about articles and can't distinguish the difference between two rules. A can be used to mean "any": A cat (any) is domestic animal. The can be used when we talk about the entire ...
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Which article should be used in documenting arguments to a software function

If I have a function, e.g., function processDirectory(input, relPath, output) {} And I want to document its parameters, shall I use the or an article? For example, input - the path to the source ...
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A simulation from reality vs simulation from reality.

"While previous simulations were often accused of predictability and lack of immersion, now it was almost impossible to distinguish simulation from reality." "While previous simulations were often ...
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“A NNN REIT” or “an NNN REIT” [duplicate]

I would think it's "a NNN REIT" in this case, despite the vowel sound, because this would typically be read as "a triple-net REIT" by those with domain knowledge. The person I consulted with said NNN ...
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“I am a lawyer and [a] stockbroker”

I am a lawyer and a stockbroker. Do I need the second a?
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Why didn't they use an article (“The” or “A”) in this sentence?

Why didn't they use an article ("The" or "A") before "newspaper" in this sentence from Jacqueline Wilson's Happy Holidays? Mum made us put newspaper down first so that we wouldn't get piles. I Think ...
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Two adverbs, and an indefinite article

I found two adverbs, between which indefinite article, in TVTRopes site: Upon reading it, the host concludes that it's actually a really old joke that everyone knows. Is it grammatical to ...
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I am confused with usage about 'the' and object complement

Is the sentence as below correct in grammar? And is it clear enough? Please copy & paste keyword, mykeyword, into the search box of Google Play Store app or website to locate this pure app ...
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gay or a gay / American or an American

One of my American friends told me that 'He is a gay' or 'He is an American' is a rather rude expression. She said that 'He is gay' or 'He is American' is better. She could not explain why but guessed ...
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can we say "a tropical area?

What is the difference between: a. A tropical area b. Tropical area in the following sentences? Morphological characteristic in a tropical area is available. Morphological characteristic in ...
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when to the 'the' in a sentence! [closed]

after 'share knowledge of the' why does 'context' not have an article after it? As opposed to The first group consists of nouns which refer to shared knowledge of the situation or the context. why ...
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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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Should I use “the” in this sentence?

Would you say: I have a good knowledge of Japanese language and culture or I have a good knowledge of the Japanese language and culture Which one sounds better to you?
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Can a sentence start with “The highest”

Can a sentence start with "The highest" in an academic paper? It sounds a bit strange. My original sentence is When the specificity values of the devices were evaluated, the highest specificity ...
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Should I use an article for the word 'nature' here? [closed]

I always have trouble when to use articles in sentences. The sentence I am trying to write is 'Taking inspiration from Nature to address problems such as xyz...' Should it be 'the nature' or '...
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When to use “a” and when not?

"What is a wine?" or "What is wine?" "What is a convertible?" or "What is convertible?" I don't know if I should be using is with "a" or not. I've heard people saying "what is a" and even "what ...
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The “the” in company names—avoid or embrace? [closed]

I previously asked whether or not "of" should be used in company names. It appears it is a matter of preference. What about "The"? Are you aware of any rules, statistics, or guidelines that address ...
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A or an before slash phrase? A or an before parenthetical phrase equivalent to slash phrase? [duplicate]

NOT A DUPLICATE! The other question only asks about parenthetical phrases, not slash phrases. The other question's parenthetical phrase (answer(s) explained that it's not really a parenthetical ...
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Omission of definite articles before abstract nouns [closed]

I was going through the Grammarly blog about indefinite articles and its usage and the writer used this to exemplify the omission of articles: Incorrect: The creativity is a valuable quality in ...
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an article question: ___ higher speed (a vs none)

I randomly found these four sentences from the internet: "light travels at higher speed as compared to shadow” "which light has a higher speed, red or blue light?“ “What makes a mechanical clock ...
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Should I use “the” in domain name ant slogan? [closed]

I have a slogan "Learn from the best" for my project and have bought domain name learnfrombest.com. While I'm not a native english speaker, I'm not sure it sounds good enough. I chosen domain name ...