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Why is "AT a restaurant" in the following sentence wrong?

So I'm using English for Everyone Practice Book Level 4 Advanced and on page 154, we are asked to Mark the sentence which is correct out of two options. The two options are: It was at a restaurant in ...
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How to understand this use of " the"

It's a file in the game Resident EVIL 2 remake. T-Virus Resistance Experimentation (Subjects 628, 639) We administered G-Virus to subject 628, who had shown slight resistance to the T-Virus. The* ...
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"The" with proper names

Why is it "The Boston Marathon" and not "Boston Marathon"? I've read a whole book written solely about articles, and there's not a single word about such example.
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Your information VS An information [duplicate]

Just a few moments ago I got an idea and I am again to square one. You can say "YOUR information is incorrect." -> Meaning, you took/possess/occupy/claim/share a chunk of existing ...
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Should it be Everest or the Everest? [duplicate]

Multiple resources state that mountain peaks ("mounts") shouldn't be used with "the", e.g. Mount Fuji, however what is the situation with Everest? Youglish shows about 1000 results ...
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Using definite article in news item headlines [duplicate]

The CNN headline reads: Queen won’t return to London to appoint new British PM, for first time in her reign Why the definite article the is omitted in "for first time" and "Queen"...
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When is it appropriate to omit both articles and prepositions together?

I am working on a localisation issue within a project, but I cannot figure out through any of my searches and reference texts if there is a particular set of rules surrounding the omission of articles ...
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An indefinite article before 'isms'

Is it possible to use an indefinite article before names of various philosophical theories ('isms') instead of a kind of? For example: However, the mere claim that his theory is an idealism is not ...
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Is ‘the’ always necessary in such structures?

For qualitative measures, we have to consider the place of Korean universities in global rankings, as well as the global rankings of Korean journals. Is the ‘the’ necessary in all expressions/phrases ...
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For Nth time or for a/an Nth time

In an English language class at school, I was taught to always use "the" not "a/an" when I want to use an ordinal number, for example, "for the second time in a row" ...
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"run for presidency" or "run for the presidency"

I have a question about "run for presidency"/"run for the presidency" (in this case, it's about a presidential election) He will run for the presidency. He will run for presidency....
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Is it 'a' L-formula or 'an' L-formula? [duplicate]

In Logic & Mathematics textbooks, the terms 'L-formula', or 'L-term', or 'L-theory' are used. (Though for math, it is reserved to mathematical logic.) I've witnessed it first-hand, and I'm sure ...
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(In)definite articles with abstract concepts

I am always struggling to figure out whether to use a definite or indefinite article with abstract concepts. See the following example. Positions in question are marked with (the?): Section X ...
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Why is 'a' used in "There's a good many reasons why people should follow it"? [duplicate]

There's a good many reasons why people should follow it. Why is there an 'a' before 'good many reasons'?
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Does the word metaphor always require an article and why?

For example, can I say, I like your use of the word riverine as metaphor? Or, must I say, I like your use of the word riverine as a metaphor? Grammarly seems to think that the article "a" is ...
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What is required before an adjective that itself comes before a title: zero / indefinite / definite article?

I was a bit puzzled by this sentence: 'But after Shrek met Donkey and lovely princess Fiona...' So 'princess' here is a title of Fiona's. Furthermore, she is a 'lovely princess'. Is it okay to leave ...
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Usage of articles when the noun is specifically described

In the sentence We are [a/the] team of six developers working on financial software projects from the USA, Canada, and Australia. where the word team is described specifically enough so there is ...
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Does one use "a" or "an" if parenthesis after the article use a different type of letter? [duplicate]

Consider the following sentence: You must implement a (limitless) array to store the information Is "a" correct there, because "limitless" begins with a consonant, or is "an&...
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Definite article (common area or the common area)

Someone (guess it was the administrator) put a sign on a wall in my building saying "no smoking in common area", now I wonder if that is correct, shouldn't it be "no smoking in THE ...
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The usage of "the" in describing a kind of thing [duplicate]

I've been practicing TOEFL for a while and found that "the" with a noun can represent a kind of thing, like the dog. Of course, just the plural form of a noun can also represent a kind of ...
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Omission of repeated "the" [duplicate]

Which one is grammatically correct? The design of trading mechanisms, the management of uncertainty and the protection of privacy are the main issues in.... The design of trading mechanisms, ...
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What is the meaning of "pale and cold"? noun or adjective? [closed]

...Soon the sharpened features, and sunken eye, and fallen jaw, pale and cold, bearing the manifest impress of death's signet, began to glow with returning animation.... The source: Leith in the time ...
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Why is "the" not required in the phrase "Select call type"? [duplicate]

Why is "the" not required in the phrase "Select call type"? Why not "Select the call type"? Context - app interfaces:
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Article before trouble? [closed]

I'm having (a?) trouble with article before the word "trouble". What's the correct way to say, "I'm having trouble doing X" or "I'm having a trouble doing X"?
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Problems with 'future' and articles [duplicate]

I'm a teacher and was doing articles with my students. This sentence, however, really got me stuck! We are entering [an] uncertain future. Why is there an indefinite article here? At first, I ...
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When talking about school kids, can we say 'the' kids, or is the article superfluous?

A Russian colleague has insisted my use of an article in a review is incorrect. I feel although it may be superfluous, it isn't incorrect. The sentence reads: I believe that progressive learning of ...
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What's the difference between "on a Saturday" and "on Saturday"? [closed]

What's the difference between "on a Saturday" and "on Saturday"? I've seen "on a Saturday" several times but I don't get what would be the difference if we say "on ...
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Good, bad, ugly? - "with professional efficiency" vs "with a professional efficiency"

Is either wrong? What's your take on the difference? I'm writing my first story and have an editor who has been great. I'm going through their edits and changing my draft as per their suggestions. One ...
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Repeating definite/indefinite article for each noun in a list [duplicate]

Should we repeat them or not? For example: He brought the umbrella, the stick, the bag and the flower. He brought the umbrella, stick, bag and flower. She has a dog, a cat, a parrot and a tortoise. ...
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"they ride through the main street of town" - why an article is omitted? [duplicate]

I was reading Quentin Tarantino's DJANGO UNCHAINED screenplay and stumbled upon the following sentence: As the citizens of Daughtrey wake up, Django and Dr.Schultz ride Fritz and Tony through the ...
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Capitalization of an article in a sentence

Can an article be capitalized, to cause emphasis of a subject. Specifically the indefinite article A or An. I tried researching this and found capitalization rules but none in regard to being used ...
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Rock, Paper, Scissors Game - what article before rock and paper [closed]

Let's play "Rock, Paper, Scissors" game. If you play "rock", then would you say? I've got a rock I've got rock (without a)? The first option seems much more natural. On Youglish ...
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Possession 's form and articles

I am starting my question with the Wikipedia page on Young's modulus and its usage of the possessive 's form on the proper name Young. According to me, the text starts well with the definition of ...
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Definite article for general use of "curriculum" required?

We do not use articles before uncountable and abstract nouns used in a general sense. (https://www.englishgrammar.org/omission-articles/) In the following sentence, our copy editor added the the, but ...
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Is the definite article required in front of the noun that is followed by a "that ..." specifier?

In the following sentence, is the definite article "the" required in front of the noun describing a group whose scope is narrowed by a subsequent description? They established better ...
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Use of definite and indifinite articles [duplicate]

If I am talking about the food of a specific country like for example Poland. Do I say the Polish food or Polish food?
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A few chairs or few chairs? [duplicate]

I was wondering why we use the article "a" before few? For example, why we say a few chairs instead of few chairs? Is it similar to the word "a lot"? We say a lot of chairs instead ...
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Articles before names of theorems

there was a similar question but sometimes you cite theorems just by of authors, e.g. you don't say by the Hopkins-Levitzky theorem we conclude but you just say it follows from Hopkins-Levitzky. and ...
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Can I say "play the key role in"? [closed]

If A is the main factor in successfully doing something, is it proper to use "A plays the key role in doing something" rather than "A plays a key role in doing something" (I think ...
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Why does "the blockchain" have a definite article?

I have noticed that the technology word blockchain often seems to be used with the definite article the even in contexts where there is no specific blockchain being referenced, where with other nouns ...
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lacquer finish/a lacquer finish/the lacquer finish [article usage]

I've just read an article about lacquer finish (or should I say a lacquer finish here?), and the use of articles is a bit confusing. The headline uses the indefinite one, which is kind of clear ...
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How to grammatically explain this sentence? [duplicate]

No compassion for the suffering or willingness to engage in dialogue with feminism. I know it can be paraphrased as: "[He] has neither compassion [for women's suffering], nor willingness to ...
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A EE Undergrad vs An EE Undergrad [duplicate]

What is the correct article before EE (Elecetrical Enginereering)? Should I use "a EE undergrad" or "an EE undergrad"?
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Why do the English say ''Harvard University'' or ''Manchester Airport'' but ''the Guggenheim Museum''? [duplicate]

My question is why do the English say "Harvard University" or "Manchester Airport" but "the Guggenheim Museum". According to the book English grammar in use — the blue ...
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Use of "the" in front of plural nouns

I have a question around using 'the' in front of plural nouns. Students who work hard are likely to get good grades. The students who work hard are likely to get good grades. Are these two sentences ...
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Conjunction reduction and singular/plural ambiguity [duplicate]

There is one XYZ formulation and one ABC formulation. The original statement is: […] that allows for a comparison between the XYZ formulation and the ABC formulation. Which of the following mean the ...
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Why use the definite article before the nouns that are mentioned for the first time?

In the Wikipedia article on Cloakroom there is the following paragraph: Attended cloakrooms, or coat checks, are staffed rooms where coats and bags can be stored securely. Typically, a ticket or ...
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Articles usage and human organs [duplicate]

As far as I know, usage of general concepts allows the usage of a zero article. But what about the organs, such as liver, lungs, or brain? Is it acceptable to use them without an article in academic ...
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Use of article with the word "future" - another example!

A few months ago, there was a post asking when one must use an article like "the" or "a/an" with the word "future." The discussion focused on determining whether "...
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"by afternoon" or "by the afternoon"

I was reading the book Advanced Grammar in Use (Martin Hewings) and there was an example: I’ll be there by (the) morning / ... by (the) evening. but … ... by the afternoon, not … by afternoon) ...
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