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Confusion about articles before unique objects in math

I am a graduate math student, English is my second language but we have some courses taught in English. I often see sentences like There exists *a* unique map/morphism f such that... (for example, ...
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Does the word “another” correctly substitute for the indefinite article in this sentence?

I was reading a short story by Ray Bradbury and stumbled on a zero article case in the sentence below. "Years passed without another visitor, be it boy, girl, tramp or travelling man, knocking at ...
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Article use with job title (a sentence from a book)

The first sentence of the preface for a paperback edition of "The Witch" by Ronald Hutton (Yale University Press, ISBN 987-0-300-23867-9) reads: Ronald Hutton is professor of history, ...
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Why is the indefinite article used here? A novel called “Norwegian Forest”

According to a textbook I read, we use "the" in front of nouns that indicate unique existences, e.g sun, Eiffel tower. However, today I came across this sentence: "I would like to ...
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Is the article an correctly used here

Here is the first sentence from an economic article: "According to STATS’s preliminary estimates, broadly in line with expectations, GDP has fallen by 12.1% YoY in February 2021, following an 11% ...
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Can we use the definite article (the) with the word “reception” when it means an office or a desk?

Suppose in all the sentences below, by reception I mean the place or the office that visitors go to. Take, for example, these sentences: Please get your keys from the reception. Please get your keys ...
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Under what circumstances may the noun 'ambush' not be preceded by any article?

In particular, I wish to know if they were attacked from ambush and they were attacked from an ambush are equally in fashion. The articled form is is definitely more familiar, but look at the first ...
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Why was “a world” used in this sentence of Melville?

I cannot make much sense of a world in the following passage from Moby-Dick: There’s your law of precedents; there’s your utility of traditions; there’s the story of your obstinate survival of old ...
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Is this correct? Canada, Spain, and USA

Substitute USA with UK, UAE, and the equivalent, is it correct? Or do I have to add the definite article prior to USA?
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Is it “The UK” or “UK”?

Same thing for "the Middle East", is that correct? or "Middle East" is correct.
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Using the definite article for generalizations

I'm wondering about the usage of the definite article in cases where the thing being referred to is an abstraction or generalization of some kind. I'm aware of the most important rules for using the ...
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Is the use of the definite article justified before names of angles, lines, line segments, sides of a shape, etc.?

Such as the cases here, Draw the line AB such that it intersects the line BC. Or Find the measure of the angle ABC. Or The side AB of the rectangle is 3 cm. Is the use of 'the' justified here or we ...
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“Plaintiff” without an article

Garner's fourth edition reads we accord to plaintiff his due. Why is this nominal indirect object used without any article at all? OED: http://oed.com/oed2/00180661
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Different adjectives following a list in a sentence

Example: I hope to help with the vision of and research at Booze Drinkers Ltd. The question is that vision is followed with a different article than 'research'. In separate sentences it's vision of ...
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Usage of Indefinite Article “a”

I am wondering whether the article "a" is correctly used in this sentence. The context is the following: Line 1: mystringexample = "Hello, world" How to read line 1: it has a left ...
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Is there any situation where an article could be used in front of a pronoun?

I was reading an online copy of the King James Bible and (in John 18:1) found this: When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into ...
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Which article a/the should be used in API documentation?

For example: some_field - an/the description of smth In what cases articles should be/should not be used?
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Article before word “Vacuum” [closed]

Is it necessary to put an article before the word "vacuum" and if necessary, why?
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Article after higher / high + noun [duplicate]

I know that there are similar questions here, but I still don't understand everything. I wrote 4 almost identical sentences below with a place for an article marked as "...". Please tell me ...
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Does adding an adjective before a noun change its article e.g. from zero article to an/a?

Does adding an adjective before a noun change its article e.g. from a/an to zero? For example: Rotation will cause movement of aircraft parts. and Rotations will cause a vertical movement of ...
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Using 'they' with indefinite article [duplicate]

Is this sentence correct? If an employee experiences an ethical dilemma, they can request a reassignment. Is it correct to use 'they' when talking about 'an employee'? Or should the subject be ...
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Why we say 'the mountains' with definite article [duplicate]

There are rules for zero/definite/indefinite article. And I don't get why we use 'the' with word 'mountains' in the next sentence: I like to spend holidays in the mountains. As for me the correct rule ...
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Using articles with product name? [duplicate]

I'd like opinions on the use of articles with product names. It seems to have become a fashion in recent years to omit the article (“the”, "a", "an") before the name of a product – ...
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“the unfamiliarity with” or “unfamiliarity with”? [closed]

I always have a lack of confidence in using the articles (a/an/the). I want to write one of the following sentences in my paper. But I don't know which one is more appropriate? Could you please help ...
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Is it “useful information” or “the useful information”?

I am replying an email and don't know which of the following is correct. Thank you for ∅ useful information about the books. Thank you for the useful information about the books.
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“in the X way” or “the X way”?

Both the following sentences sound the same to (non-native) me. "Start your computer scientist career by learning to program the OOP way." "Start your computer scientist career by ...
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When does it feel more natural to have articles in names?

In my observations, names usually don't have articles like the, a, an. For example: Stack Exchange (not The Stack Exchange); Facebook, (not The Facebook). However: There are cases when the name ...
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Is it “Hover over the icon to learn more about A book's content” OR “Hover over the icon to learn more about THE book's content”?

I'm writing some 'help' content for a website, and I've been stumped by an article. There are several books, so there are several icons onscreen at any one time. When you hover over a book's icon, you ...
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Grammar Error (Articles) [duplicate]

I need to know why 'a' is omitted before headache in the below sentence. Although he has undergone a very costly treatment, he has not been cured of a headache. Correct - cured of headache.
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Comparing/Contrasting Adjectives with/without “the” and “one”

In terms of American English, I'm considering the following 3 options of comparing/contrasting adjectives. Are all of these okay? The red dress is better than blue. The red dress is better than the ...
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Adjective-Denoted Nationalities without “the”

I came across the following in the Wall Street Journal, as part of the main story (not the headline), ... Swiss voted narrowly against more hunting, by 52% to 48% ... ... Last year, Swiss voted on ...
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Use or omission of articles [duplicate]

In the introduction of my thesis, I have the following statement: "It has been stated [...] from both __ theoretical and __ experimental standpoints.". My advisor is saying that I should put ...
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Articles in description of figures

With a picture of a presentation that contains an arrow pointing from a text, for instance, "probability", is the label in the capture "The probability" or "Probability"?
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What would be the correct article in this sentence? [duplicate]

What would be the correct article to use in the following sentence? He proposed a ML-based parameter selection method Should I use 'a' or 'an' ?
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“the title, the introductory clause,” but “a table of contents”

In the following paragraph: It’s standard for a contract to consist of the front of the contract, the body of the contract—what the parties are agreeing to—and the back of the contract. The front ...
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How to refer to a noun that has been introduced using “another”?

For example: "A and B constitute a C. A and B1 constitute another C." If I want to refer to the second C, what article should I use? For some reason, I cannot use "the first C... the ...
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Appointed to a chair vs to the chair

I stumbled upon this line in a book (Singer's Practical Ethics): Less violent protests took place at Princeton University when I was appointed to a chair of bioethics. It struck me as odd as the way ...
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An exact cause of death vs the exact cause of death

1.) It can be difficult to determine an exact cause of death. 2.) It can be difficult to determine the exact cause of death. In respect to an / the exact cause of death: 1.) seems to represent any ...
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During vs in vs due to differences [closed]

There can be at least 3 possibilities to say about deaths caused by any virus/pandemic, for example covid-19. N number of people lost lives during covid-19 pandemic. N number of people lost lives in ...
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Could articles be omitted in descriptions of art?

Compiling brief descriptions of art objects, is it okay to make do mostly without articles? For instance (about an old coin), Eagle under crown; shield featuring Moscow’s coat-of-arms on eagle’s ...
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Article before numbered nouns

Are these sentences correct without articles, please? Is this the same case as in equation (3)? I check (the) key 2016. In was in (the) test 2019.
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The + noun of + noun pattern

I am wondering whether there is a rule concerning "The + noun of (the) + noun". I mean, is there any rule specifying when to use the or a/an and when not? Here are some examples representing ...
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grab a lunch or grab lunch? [duplicate]

So I was writing an essay and want to know which sentence is correct- I'll grab a lunch with Prof. Unknown and discuss his research on wearable computational fabrics. Or I'll grab lunch with Prof. ...
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Why are both the zero and definite articles used with these phrases?

How can the same noun take/miss a "the" in the following sentences. (A) The Food and Drug Administration intends to authorize emergency use of the vaccine on Friday. (B) The country is ...
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Why do we put an indefinite article “a” before Merry Christmas? [duplicate]

I am wondering why there is an article -a- before Merry Christmas Is it because it's a day or Christmas is countable? I couldn't explain it to my students in a transparent way.
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Should Sporadic usage of Definite Article be placed in the middle of cataphoric usage and zero article usage?

I read from A Comprehensive Grammar of English Language (Quirk, 1985) that sporadic usage of definite article "the" indicates about about location but not a specific one, but an ...
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“Baby” without article [duplicate]

In articles I often read the author refer to a baby as "baby", without an article. Example: She insists there is no modern proof that it is safe for baby Our midwife does the same, always ...
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Definite article use: The generalisability of our results

This sentence is summing up an article's strengths. Should I use definite article in the beginning of the sentence or not? The generalisability of our results is increased by a complete analysis of ...
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Question related to articles when using with main, major, and key [closed]

When I see the phrase 'The main advantage of something', I know the speakers imply that there is only one advantage. However, in the two following phrases 'a key advantage of something', and 'a major ...
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'a' and 'the' confusion [duplicate]

I am not native English speaker. I get frustrated when it come to articles. Can you please tell me whether the sentence below is grammatically correct. She spent all the night in rereading a letter ...

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