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with maximum velocity or with the maximum velocity? [duplicate]

The Sentence (online oxford dictionary): Having started his corporate career with maximum velocity, Yang now runs another company called Yahoo! Why not add "the" before "maximum ...
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Is speed a variable? [closed]

This is a legal sentence: London traffic moves at a speed of 11 mph. Why can't we remove "a" and "of"? London traffic moves at speed 11 mph. We may say that "speed" ...
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Where is the article “a” lost [closed]

“Definition of SOCK IT TO SOMEONE (phrase): act or speak in very strong, direct way” (Taken from: https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/sock-it-to-someone ) Why not “… in A very ...
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Countable nouns with a/an and the [migrated]

Task (Put in a/an or the.) I saw ... accident this morning. ... car crashed into ... tree. ... driver of ... car wasn’t hurt, but ... car was badly damaged. Answer I saw an accident this morning. A ...
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Should I use an indefinite article in a banner slogan? [closed]

Which one is correct? A trusted partner in the energy markets or Trusted partner in the energy markets
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A first or the first after mentioning general categories

In the following passage: Recent works have tackled the explainability shortcomings with different approaches. A first approach investigates to which extent an input feature is responsible for a ...
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Why the difference between “over the phone” and “on television”? [migrated]

My dictionary lists the following sentences as examples, but does not explain why "the" is present in the "phone" sentence, and is not in the "television" sentence. (1) I ...
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What licenses the omission of an article in a countable or singular noun phrase?

Specifically, the term market in the following sentence is often referred to as "the market". But here the article has been omitted. What licenses such usage? The difference between prices ...
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definite article “the” [migrated]

"More of us think marriage should provide "the" full buffet of satisfaction" This is a sentence I came across while reading Time magazine. Here is the use of "the" ...
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Any tips on using definite articles vs indefinite articles? [migrated]

Let's say I wanna say something like If you want more detailed information please refer to (a or the) relevant document A. I met Julia in (a, the, or no article) Walmart in my neighborhood. Sorry I ...
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when to use “the” [migrated]

In this sentence, "This site made organizing and viewing "the" photos in groups a snap." is the use of "the" correct? (assuming that there are no specifically mentioned ...
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Omission of articles in job titles [duplicate]

In reading academic papers, I frequently see Person X is Assistant Professor at University Y Why is there no article (e.g. a or the) before the job title? I would expect the sentence to read, Person ...
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Article usage in two sentences [duplicate]

Two sentences: She underwent emergency surgery. I had to undergo a medical examination when I started my new job. Why in sentence one the article "an" is not required before "...
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Difference between 'from the decay of' and 'from decays of' [migrated]

Could you explain the difference in meaning between these two phrases? charged leptons from decays of long-​lived particles charged leptons from the decay of long-​lived particles From the internet ...
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Mid westers leave the article out of their sentences!

For instance: Q: what do you do for a living?, A: I drive truck.(Not I drive a truck.) I mowed lawn this weekend. I drive bus. I tend bar. Etc. This sounds incorrect to my Michigan native ears, is it ...
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Why is slug in publishing called a slug? [closed]

Slug as we know on the internet from the articles (example https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/best-albums-of-all-time-1062063/ 'music-lists/best-albums-of-all-time-1062063' being the slug ...
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In chess lingo, should pieces be preceded with the “the” article? [closed]

I've noticed many native english speakers that are professional chess players saying things like: In this situation I can capture with pawn. This just "sounds" very unnatural to me and I ...
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Does the noun after “per” need an article (or other determiner) in the enclosed examples? [closed]

For example, in: There is one property per heading. There is one property per a heading. The first one seems “more correct”. Other examples: There are two colors per book. There are two colors per ...
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Is omitting an article within a title is actually correct? [duplicate]

When I was in an English class, I was assigned to write a summary of one theory in a group and after finishing it, I tried to make a title of it but I wondered if there should be an article before '...
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Is “go to the hospital” used even when referring to multiple hospitals? [AmE]

It's well known the British go to hospital while the Americans go to the hospital. But I wonder Americans really use go to the hospital in the completely same way as Britons do with the zero article ...
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Using article “a” [closed]

What is the correct sentence? I'm neither a man nor a god I'm neither man nor God I'm neither a man nor God I'm neither man nor a god
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Is it grammatically correct to use the definite article before “grana” in this case?

Stroma: the fluid surrounding grana, where the light-independent reactions occur. In this vocabulary list entry—"Stroma: the fluid in the chloroplast surrounding the grana, where the light-...
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Why is using the definite article “the” before a plural countable noun correct in this case when I have not mentioned the plural noun before?

Nuclear membrane/nuclear envelope: the double membrane of the nucleus, encasing the chromosomes and nucleolus. I know you can put the article "the" before a singular countable noun to create ...
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“With probability”, “with a probability”, “with the probability”?

As a mathematician, I often write and read about probabilities. In the literature, I've seen versions of all the sentences below. Which one is correct? This happens with probability (of) 30%. This ...
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Is an indefinite article necessary in this context: “A group of […] (a) group which […]”?

Exact context is: "... a number of people had been demanding [...], (a) group which became more vocal as [...]" Alternatively: "... a group of people had been demanding [...], (a) group ...
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When to omit the article before a noun?

I am confused about when one can omit the article "the"/"a" in front of a noun. Examples are During (the) observation, it was noticed that ... The results of (a) quantitative ...
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“the sum” or “a sum”, which should be preferred when referring to an amount of money of a given value?

Considering the following three sentences: I worked for three weeks for which I received the/a princely sum of $100. Her divorce settlement included the/a lump sum of $2 million. She ...
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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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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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