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When using the acronym LTO (limited time offer), do I put a or an before LTO? [duplicate]

I'm creating an email for my customers regarding limited time offers; however, I'm using the acronym LTO. Do I put an a or an before LTO?
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Changes have been submitted vs the changes have been submitted [migrated]

I was chatting today about one task with my colleague, so the dialog was: C: you have it committed to the branch? Me: Yes, there will be a new branch, i will ping you when my changes committed; C: ok ...
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How to pick right article here? The correct way of doing smth vs. a correct way of doing smth. vs correct way of doing smth [migrated]

I was chatting with my boss and asking him about correct way of reporting my working hours. For a moment i realized that i don't know what kind of article should i use in my question. hey George, ...
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Using the definite article with proper names

Please explain the rule behind using the definite articles with names given after a person. For instance, the Planck constant, the Riemann tensor, the Weyl transformation, the Boltzmann constant, the ...
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Using the indefinite article after a demonstrative pronoun

Why in the sentence This is a great party! use the indefinite article a rather than the definite article the? After all, the demonstrative pronoun This indicates that the conversation is about a ...
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The New Year or New Year

Do we use articles with the names of celebrations? Maybe we can but haven't got to, that is, it's optional? I shan't have written my essay by the time [the] New Year begins.
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Context Defined Nouns (the use of the definite article)

I've been doing a research on articles, trying to create a set of reliable rules for my students and I've completed the major part of it, however, there still remain some inconsistencies with bare ...
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Which is correct between "is called" and "is called the" when writing a definition?

The special type of periodic motion where the restoring force is proportional to the magnitude of the displacement of the body from the mean position and acts in the direction opposite to the ...
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having problem with article usage

I am having trouble with article usage. Could someone confirm for me if the following article usage is grammatically correct and the list of reasons behind it are valid? Four main statements exist ...
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Article usage when a noun phrase is modified by "of..."

A rule of thumb is that when a noun phrase is modified by an "of..." phrase, it is accompanied by "the." He is the author of 14 cookbooks. They are not the playthings of whimsical ...
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If an article should be used before a noun?

Suppose that, in my experiments, I have a number of cubes and a number of spheres. The volumes of cubes and spheres are not fixed. Now, I want to express this feature. I do know that the sentence The ...
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What is the difference between 'more than a half' and 'more than half' [duplicate]

When shall I place an article before the fraction 'half'? For example, there are many writings that places 'a' before half in 'more than a half' and others won't. more than a half more than half
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Is adjective ellipsis possible when coordinating between uncountable nouns and countable nouns preceded by articles?

A sentence like "The man has white hair and beard" is totally acceptable in languages without countable/uncountable nouns or articles, and languages where modifiers follow the head noun (...
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Articles in time structures, grammar or style?

"Are you asking about the implications of using the definite article in general (which is an English language/usage question) or about its use in this particular song?" I had asked about &...
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Choose between a and the article in a question without context [closed]

Why we say How to cross the road? meanwhile, we also say How to read a book? As far as I know, we use "the" when there's some context. For example, I have a car, and I want to paint it, ...
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Is it 'a bright orange of the sunrise' or 'the bright orange of the sunrise'?

Wisconsin, where the hills roll like green waves to the horizon, where the cheese is a bright / the bright orange of the sunrise, and the winters are long and dark as death. (Source: Dungeons & ...
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Is there a proper use of the article "the" in broadcasting? [closed]

Meteorologists say, "on average" vs "on the average," when referencing weather data; why?
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Why is there no "the" before the word "war" in this phrase: at the outbreak of war? [duplicate]

Is it a grammatical rule which means there is a list of "you shouldn't use an article here", or is it just a pattern of "the outbreak of something"?
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Is it correct to say "Please fix the errors" [closed]

Is it correct to add "the" before errors if these errors are listed right above the message? Or should I just write "Please fix errors above" or just "Please fix errors"? ...
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What is the origin of several pronunciations of "the"?

Courtesy links: https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/123348/what-is-the-correct-pronunciation-of-the What is the pronunciation of "the"? The has two pronunciations: "thuh" /ðə/ ...
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Use of "the" for math variables

It seems clear to me that this is correct: Let positive real numbers a,b,c satisfy abc<1. Find ... (No "the" before "positive".) Should "The" be used here? [The] ...
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Why is "AT a restaurant" in the following sentence wrong? [closed]

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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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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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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