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A possibility of parole or The possibility of parole?

Is there a difference between... a possibility of vs the possibility of "A Possibility of rain is there" but "Prison without the possibility of parole"
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usage of article/singular/plural noun when listing two things

I was reading this book, and I came across the following sentences whose usage of articles and singular/plural nouns I couldn't understand. A Days Inn in West Palm Beach had to pay $70,000 in ...
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Correct the article

Which is the correct article here? he is a better singer than you. he is the better singer than you. he is better singer than you.
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“the timing of something” or “the timing of the something”

I have a question about these sentences: (1) "This may impact the timing of the application submission." (2) "This may impact timing of the application submission." (3) "This ...
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article - absolute value

Is the article before the absolute value? I know that there is always an article in phrases like the absolute value of sth but I saw the sentence below without any article. Is it right? Thank you A ...
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How is article the used to describe relations?

Which sentence is correct?: "I am the son of Mary" or " I am son of Mary"?
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Which is more natural “a wife” or “the wife”

It is a part of a short bio, and it goes more or less as follows: "He lives in London with his wife, his son, and three cats" If I wanted to use articles instead of "his", which ...
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Article usage with “European society”

I wonder if in a sentence "He feels privileged to be a part of the European society", the usage of the definite article is correct. On one hand, "society" is a mass noun, but here ...
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Which sentence is correct? The one using the, an or no article? [duplicate]

I have a problem with these sentences. which one is correct?and why? He studied the role of an/the/ ' extended family in caring for older people.
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Absolute superlative

"2020 is said to be a darkest year" I learned in my book that the superlative with most is sometimes used when there's no idea of comparison but to show the existence of a quality of a very ...
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Which article to use if there are multiple winners? [migrated]

Consider the following scenario. There are two shops that are closest to my home: ShopA and ShopB. In other words, both shops are at the same distance and closer than any other shops in the town. ...
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Use of “the” before a noun

I am struggling with my english writing, especially the use of “the”. For example, in this sentence, should we add “the” before “stock performance”? “ we show that stock performance is one of the main ...
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Articles in “behind the language is the culture”

Definite singular count noun: the book that we bought yesterday plural count noun: the books that we bought yesterday non-count noun: the oxygen that we bought yesterday ...
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Are you supposed to repeat “the” when two “the” nouns are used in conjunction?

Is "the red and blue", where each is a separate noun, grammatically correct? Or should it be "the red and the blue"? (Note: they are separate nouns because the context makes it clear they are ...
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The comma, the full stop, but an asterisk, and an ellipsis?

For what reason Wikipedia lists comma as the comma, full stop as the full stop, ampersand as the ampersand, but asterisk as an asterisk, and ellipsis as an ellipsis? For what reason Wikipedia use ...
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Definite Article and no Article with Animal Groups

I've encountered two sentences: — Dogs make good family pets. and The main source of food for the Hippo is the short grass. My question is: Why do we use the plural form of 'dogs' with no ...
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How to understand which nouns are specific and which ones aren't

This is how most people would explain it: I want to buy a new car. You want to buy some car. You don't know which one exactly, Toyota or BMW, which color, and so on. The car parked near the baker's ...
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The use of the definite article in a definite context

We use the definite article to talk about specific objects, but does the same logic apply when we speak about a set of objects that is restricted by another definite noun phrase: 1) All (the) plates ...
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Definite/indefinite article when we talk about something that is known to some people only

We use the definite article for things that were already introduced to a reader or the ones already familiar to everyone. A have a car. The car is red. The Sun is yellow. But what about things that ...
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“Each” vs “a” in a sentence

Is there any difference between "each" and "a" in the following context? It is assumed that there is a game that consists of several levels and we need to describe the objective of each level. To ...
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“He is the youngest and tallest boy” or “and the tallest boy”

He is the youngest and tallest boy in his class. Is this sentence correct? Shouldn't we say "…and the tallest boy"?
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Is the definite article needed in “(the) reports of animal abuse”?

Reports of animal abuse are increasing. ( or) the reports of animal abuse increasing. Which one is correct with 'the' or without 'the'
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Is it correct to write “the adjacent room” even if there are multiple adjacent rooms?

Recently, I posted a puzzle on Puzzling.SE. The puzzle describes a prison containing thousands of hallways which all run next to each other, like the pipes in a pan flute. In my description of the ...
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The head office or head office?

I've got a question. Tried to google it, but nothing came up. So, there is a sentence: "How often do you visit head office?" Why don't we use "the" before "head office"?...
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Help with an article “A Realist's Diary: the book about money, relationships and the meaning of life”

I've asked a different question previously and got very helpful replies for the first part of the title, i.e. "A Realist's Diary". Now I'd like to know your opinion about the second part: A Realist's ...
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When talking about Google Stadia, is it incorrect to say “the Stadia” when referring to it?

I'm not really well versed in when to use the word "the" in front of something, so I'll just go ahead and say what and why I'm asking. I was reading a tweet where they referred to Google Stadia (a ...
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“The” and “A” at the beginning of explanation [duplicate]

I am little bit confused about the usage of the article "The" and "A". For example, following pages start their description from "A". Starts with "A" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laptop A laptop ...
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definite article or no article with a proper name of a particular workplace

Should I use the definite article with a proper name of a particular workplace / institution, like in the example below, or is it correct to omit it in this case? Workers servicing a steam engine ...
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Improper usage of Indefinite article [duplicate]

"Grammarly" tells me that sentence: I am a bad table. is correct, but the following sentence: I am a bad trash. is not correct. Can you explain me why?
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Indefinite article: Turn traitor vs become a traitor

The man turned traitor after he was arrested. He became a traitor. Why is there an "a" in the second sentence but not in the first?
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Using the definite article with acronyms and initialisms with a number in front of it

I understand that using a definite article with an initialism. For example WKC for World Kendo Championship needs "the" if it pronounces "double-U kay si." I want to know if "the" is still need if it ...
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The window or a window?

The articles are confusing, look at these two sentences and tell me is there a difference in their meaning. Assume ( a total of 5 windows in this case) 1a) My ball hit the window of our principal's ...
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Do I need to use the article “the” with the word “data” in the following sentence? [duplicate]

To discover the real statistics behind missing children, I turned to the following organizations for the data. Or should it be as follows: To discover the real statistics behind missing children, I ...
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“run (a) 1000$ giveaway”

Is it possible to omit the article in this phrase? "I decided to run (a) $1000 giveaway" Is the phrase correct by itself?
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Articles choice

Please help me choose "the" or "0" for the space "My sister often reads _____ fashion pages in the newspapers to keep up with the latest styles"
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Using an article plus an adjective without a noun and another article plus a singular noun [duplicate]

Please consider the following, guys. I met a good and a bad mother on the way here What I am trying to say: There were two mothers, one bad and one good. Is it okay to use that construction? Or need I ...
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The use of an article

Here is the sentence: In 2002, as defense minister, he had, according to French prosecutors in an ongoing case, taken a 114-million-euro bribe to buy French submarines. May I ask why there is no ...
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Necessity of “the”?

What is the necessity of the article "the" in the following two sentences? "All the other variables are defined as above" See reference: Carneiro, A., Portugal, P., & Varejão, J. (2014). ...
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What are the differences between practical implications, insightful implications, and limitations of a research study?

A reviewer asked me in three separate questions about each of these sections. However, I do not understand the differences between practical implications, insightful implications, and limitations of a ...
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Article (a or the) before a percentage? What is the rule?

When can I use an article (the, a) when speaking of percentages? Are these examples correct? Is there a rule? This represents 10% of the British population. Twenty scholars collaborated in the study,...
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Article (the, a) beauty: which is correct?

Should one say "Dentistry is related to beauty" or "Dentistry is related to the beauty"? Is the definite article needed or not?
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To put “the” or not to put “the”

I am sometimes confused about whether to put the in front of a noun or not, so to solve such dilemmas, I have come up with the following strategy. When in doubt, whether to put the in front of a ...
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Why do I need “a” in “a mere 5 percent”?

Examples (https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/mere) Sixty per cent of teachers are women, but a mere 5 percent of women are heads and deputies. Tickets are a mere £7.50 at the door. ...
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Indefinite article question

I am going through a lesson on articles. I've learned that a definite article is used to identify a particular person or thing. If you are speaking about someone or something you are already familiar ...
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Using the article 'the' before a noun

" The pyramidalis is a small, insignificant triangular muscle that is absent in approximately 20% of people." OR " The pyramidalis is a small, insignificant triangular muscle that is absent in ...
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using multiple commas in a sentence

I wrote this sentence in a letter, but I am not confident about the use of multiple commas. The sentence probably lacks proper use of articles as well. “Due to the halved frequency of this route, ...
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At a/the __ level or At __level . Article or not? If yes which one (a or the)?

I would like some help with the following expressions, as I see them used in different ways: Actions to reduce pollution at a/the municipal level play a crucial role. Actions to reduce pollution at ...
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Is this sentence missing an article?

But the Laemmle name had not died; it is now associated with exhibition, thus bringing the Laemmle saga full circle since it was in exhibition that Carl began in 1906. (source: City of Dreams: The ...
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When should I use an article?

For this sentence, In the course of three years, his reporters were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize four times. Should I add an article, "the", before finalists?
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Articles in definitions

1) A. A series of computer instructions relating to each other is called computer program. B. A series of computer instructions relating to each other is called a computer program. 2) A. The computer ...

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