Questions tagged [articles]

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

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Can 'web' be used with the zero article in 'through web'?

Can 'web' be used with the zero article instead of the definite article? I came across the following example in an online context dictionary: "You book through web, pay through web and receive ...
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“Nobody likes to wash (the) dishes.” Can it be used with zero article?

Am I right in thinking that it's possible and correct to use the zero article in contexts like this, when the meaning is general? Even though in dictionaries it's presented as a set expression with ...
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“in like manner” v. “in the like manner”

1."in like manner" or 2."in the like manner" I thought that the latter is correct, but more digging points to the former. In Leviathan,of Hobbes, in like manner is used twenty five times, whereas ...
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Articles before “covenant”?

As I was going through Leviathan I realized that in some places Hobbes left an article before covenant, despite not placing the word in quotation marks: 1. "God is King of all the Earth by his Power: ...
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Why there is no article before “heire”?

The following passage is from All's Well That Ends Well: Shee is young, wise, faire, In these, to Nature shee's immediate heire: And these breed honour: According to the research I did on Cambridge ...
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Article before concerns

Could anyone explain the difference between these two sentences: In that sense, concerns about the preservation of traditional knowledge, and the continued way of life of those holding such ...
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Which article should be used in this sentence? [closed]

I have to fill the blank with an article (a,an or the) Copper is _ useful metal. Metal is a noun and it is qualified by an adjective 'useful'. But I can't find any rule pertaining to this ...
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Indefinite article - are there any exceptions for proper nouns? “an Aristides” vs “Aristides”

I was going through Leviathan of Hobbes today and I think I spotted an error. "and every Citizen bringing his Oystershell into the market place, written with the name of him he desired should be ...
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Reasons for such choice vs. reasons for such a choice

I opt for beans, despite them being roughly twice as expensive per unit of weight. There are important health reasons for such choice. or I opt for beans, despite them being roughly twice as ...
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Prepositions and articles in “Solutions to Problems on the Course on…”

I have studied an Andvanced Course on the Theory of Finite Groups and Their Representations. I have solved some problems on this course, but I am struggling with articles and prepositions in the title ...
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“An autonomous being” vs “autonomous being”? When to place an indefinite article? [duplicate]

He treats her as property rather than an autonomous being. or He treats her as property rather than autonomous being. Which of the above sentences is correct and why?
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Why do American speakers pronounce “the” as “/ðə/” before vowels?

I learned that we have to pronounce /ðə/ before consonants & /ði/ before vowels. For example, the /ðə/ car, but the /ði/ earth. But it seems that a lot of American people pronounce the /ðə/ ...
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Cockney accent: “a” or “an” before words starting with h? How about “the”?

How do you say "a help" (or the indefinite article followed by another word that starts with a normally non-silent h) with a Cockney accent, which drops word-initial h's? So would you say a elp or an ...
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How to determine whether I need to use an article before a noun? Can I skip using a, an or the altogether? [migrated]

How to determine whether I need to use an article before a noun? Can I skip using a, an or the altogether? This doubt has arisen because grammarly points out many a times to me to use determiner ...
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(the) project BankABC, BankABC project or the BankABC project?

I struggle with proper usage of articles in the following situation: I have a project for a customer, let's call the customer BankABC. Is the following then correct? This is the description of the ...
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Generic function of indefinite article

"In 2002, a British chain of supermarkets announced a genetically modified carrot" - Does the article 'a' in this sentence have a generic function? In "Practical English Usage" by M. Swan It is said:...
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Why isn't there any article in the expression “vary from school to school”?

I am a non-native English learner. An example sentence in LONGMAN dictionary confused me. In the sentence "Test scores vary from school to school", there is no article in front of either school. I ...
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Next and the next

I'll see you next Monday. I'll look at it at the next meeting. I already know both of them are correct but what if I said the second sentence the same as the first one without "the" and "at"? In ...
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Is this sentence correct? Tanya is a team member who holds expertise in chat support [closed]

Tanya is a team member who holds expertise in chat support. I'm in a doubt specifically about whether it should have 'the' in place of 'a'. Feel free to notify other mistakes as well.
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Article before Multiple adjectives [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? He is a quiet, polite and disciplined boy. Or He is a quiet, polite and a disciplined boy. Personally, I think the first one is right. But still wanted to be ...
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Zero article before nouns in the commonest sense

I am interested in whether the article can be omitted in a phrase like The Ideas About a Woman in Roman Literature (as in the name of a scientific article). Is the article needed here at all, since ...
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Vocabulary of different meanings between definite and indefinite articles [closed]

I'd like to have a couple of examples of words which have two meanings regarding articles, definite and indefinite. Ex. President; a: political/ the: business
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Which article to use

1. Enabling the 'show-copy-button' option adds the 'copy' button to the toolbar. 2. Enabling the 'show-copy-button' option adds a 'copy' button to the toolbar. This is just of the one examples, ...
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Why do we use the definite article in “the other”?

Why in the sentence "One suspect was a male youth, while the other was an adult man." we use 'the' before 'other'. I have to explain its function.
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Could somebody please help me out with articles? [duplicate]

Being Russian, I am having a fairly hard time understanding the concept of articles usage in various situations. Also it is hard to find truly elaborate manuals online. So here I would like to give an ...
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“At the right time” vs “at a right time”

Tell me please what is the difference between the following sentences. It is totally fine to add suplementary exercises to the main lifts. Just do it at the right time. It is totally fine to ...
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“a” or “an” before MoU [duplicate]

I have a doubt regarding the rules to use article "an" before words with vowel sound.  As per the rules, we should use "an" before MoU, but I have seen "a" before it at some places. For instance, ...
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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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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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“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!