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

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a lobby, the lobby, using articles with building program

I am writing a design proposal. I am having a difficulty deciding whether to use definite article or indefinite article. Here's a simple example, The concept of a lobby is ancient Rome. The concept ...
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Is there an exceptional use of the article ‘a/an’? [duplicate]

When I studied English, I learned that I have to use the article “a/an” in front of a noun whose first pronunciation starts with a vowel sound. But whilst reading some texts, I realised that ...
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Article for main word or for attribute?

I have to write about the device pixel ratio. In my situation, there may be many devices (and when I write, I mean any of them) and one pixel ratio for each device. So, the word "device" need an ...
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Are 'a' and 'one' interchangeable?

I know that we can say: There is only one car on the lot. But is it possible to say: There is only a car on the lot. In general, are these two words interchangeable? Thank you!
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The Control or Control

I have a debate with a friend about the following sentence. We have only one goal - to give you the control of your finances. My friend argues that "the" in this sentence is wrong, saying it is ...
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“It is true statement” vs. “It is a true statement”

When there is a statement written, and we want to comment on it, which of the following is correct, and why? It is true statement. or It is a true statement.
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Article 'the' use in front of television [duplicate]

Use of ' the' before television???????~ above 1st photo from use of 'the' is different from 2nd photo please solve my question
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He likes eating Japanese food [duplicate]

“what does your brother usually eat for lunch?” “Well, he likes eating Japanese food” “Well, he likes eating the Japanese food” Can anyone tell me which sentence is correct?
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Do we have to have an article before a singular noun?

Is it so that this sentence incorrect: "Self-report is highly subjective account, e.g. attitude about a product.", but it should be "A self-report is a highly subjective account, e.g. attitude about a ...
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A Eulogy, or An Eulogy? [duplicate]

I'm aware that the rule of thumb is typically "use 'a' when the next word has a consonant sound, and 'an' when it has a vowel sound," but the phrase "an eulogy" sounds clunky to me. Is the ...
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use of “the” for dates

Is it fine to write during the second half of 4th century B.C. or is it preferable to write during the second half of the 4th century B.C.
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“The city dwellers” or only “city dwellers”

Being a curious student ,i am very much tense about this topic,which one is correct "The city dwellers" or only "city dwellers" and why it is correct.
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confusion about use of “a” and “an” [duplicate]

This has been really confusing to me, though it might be a childish question to many. In my school (non-english country) I was told that those words that begin with the vowel sound has "an" as the ...
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What is the differene between ‘someone’ and ‘a someone’?

When I learned about nouns like -thing, -one, and -body, those are uncountable and uncertain, so they cannot be with articles. But I found some sentences including ‘a someone’ in a dictionary. What is ...
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When to use articles before programming terms?

I've found such a paragraph in one of programming tutorials: Ruby strings are simply sequences of 8-bit bytes and they are objects of class String. Double-quoted strings allow substitution and ...
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Zero articles in movie and book titles

Can you please explain to me, why sometimes there's no article in the movie or book titles, even if these titles are singular count nouns. For example: "Junky" by William S. Burroughs or "Alien" by ...
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An article after 'called'

In my text, many concepts are introduced (defined) by a sentence with 'called'. Examples are: This condition is called eigenvariable condition. This procedure is called the truth table method. A ...
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Should one use “an” or an “a” before an acronym beginning with the letter H? [duplicate]

Consider the sentence: He offered to be an HSC. vs: He offered to be a HSC. In the example above, HSC stands for Health Service Consultant. If one were saying the sentence aloud, one would ...
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definite article 'a'

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, pag 529, says: Predeterminer AdjPs (e.g., such a nuisance, or so serious a problem) occur as external modifier in NP structure, preceding the ...
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history of the ___ VS. history of _____

I need to fix a title of an article: which sentence is correct? History of Wall Calendar Design History of the Wall Calendar Design History of the Wall Calendar History of Wall Calendar where the ...
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“…[b]etween rich and poor” and “…[b]etween the rich and the poor”

My colleague and I were discussing a student's paper. We agreed that according to our experiences and knowledge of English, the following sentence is grammatically correct: "The difference ...
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Definite article or no article whatsoever?

I'm having some trouble deciding whether or not to use "the" in the following sentences: Jack washed (the) windows in his flat last week. She's watering (the) plants in her friend's apartment. ...
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Definite article before ordinals

When and when not to use definite article before ordinals, e.g.: This is the last time I am telling you stop spreading lies. Ahmad became the first coach of the team. We are living in the 21st ...
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Are articles pronouns?

I'd like to know whether articles are a kind of pronoun. I believe that "a/an" should be an indefinite pronoun because "a" is similar to "any", and "the" should be a definite pronoun. For example: ...
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Using Articles in a Simple List

An abstract noun is something that doesn't physically exist, such as an idea, concept, quality, emotion or event. OR An abstract noun is something that doesn't physically exist, such as an idea, a ...
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The choice of [no article/a] hotel was perfect

Intuitively, it seems that articles are not necessary here. The choice of hotel was perfect. Nonetheless, I can't find a logical way to explain why omitting articles for a countable noun is ...
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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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In “A plethora of”, should I use “A” always? [closed]

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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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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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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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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“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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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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“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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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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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 ...