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".. some observers clearly showed [a] more stable performance across conditions" Should "a" be there?

Should the following sentence contain the indefinite article: a? some observers clearly showed a more stable performance across material conditions.
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Is this the correct rule?

Rule 15. Definite article ‘The’ is used before a noun if it is used before relative pronoun stressly. For example, Wrong : She is a girl who plays cricket. Correct : She is the girl who plays cricket. ...
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The purpose of definite articles in the extract

Can anyone explain me the usage of articles in this extract? When students in the UK were asked by a national newspaper what kind of college they would like to go to, they agreed that one of the most ...
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looking for books for understanding articles [closed]

Not those where just the most common rules are dealt with, but a broader understanding and variations of use are given.
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Which word(s) should I use plural form in this sentence?

Here's a sentence in my essay: I am fascinated with the intersections between sciences and arts. I'm not pretty sure does that sound natural? Should I use the plural form of 'science' and 'art' here?...
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A or an? Which article must be used here? [duplicate]

I am not sure which article I should use before the abbreviation NLSM, which stands for Non-Linear Sigma Model. Example: It has a NLSM description. or It has an NLSM description.
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Lack of the article with 'free time' [migrated]

If we use the indefinite article 'a' with 'good time' because it means 'occasion' or 'period' ("I had a good time"), why don't we use 'a' with 'free time' ("I did not have free time&...
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"Year followed year" phrase, and missing 'a' article

Maybe some of you will know, why isn't there any article 'a' before the nouns 'year' in the phrase "year followed year"? This phenomenon is also present in phrases like "year after year&...
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Theatre plays and 'the' article? [closed]

I am confused. Is it ok to use the "the" article in front of theatre plays name? Like: I saw the Romeot and Juliet. Is it a mistake if a student uses it? I could not find any proper answer ...
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Is it....she couldn't get leave or she couldn't get a leave [closed]

Is it she couldn't get leave or she couldn't get "a" leave
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Water froze: The water or the frozen water? [closed]

I said, “Water froze.” Then, what did I refer to? I have to add ‘the.’ The water The frozen water The water & The frozen water Why is it not an English question? In my native language, there’s ...
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Correct grammatical number of items belonging to a group, e.g.. ‘Every person has a nose.’ [duplicate]

In the sentence ‘Every person has a nose.’ there are many persons, but the plural of nose is not used. I’m really curious that ‘a nose’ itself refers to all noses or itself just refers to a nose? ...
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Article choice regarding scientific relationships

I am always confused which kind of article I should put in the following case: This paper shows an/the inverse relationship between gravity and air density. At first, "the inverse relationship&...
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Articles with possessives [migrated]

"An hour's work" and "a two weeks' holiday". In "an hour's work" does the indefinite article belong to the noun "work"? As far as I know, "work" is an ...
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Can the noun eyewitness be used properly without a preceding article?

Today I was writing an email calling somebody "eyewitness to" some event, but it was marked as incorrect and it was suggested I precede it with an article; i.e. an eyewitness, instead. But ...
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Is the definite article needed in "the recommendation of (the) passenger"? [migrated]

I have a question about use of articles. Which of the below sentences are correct grammatically? I saw a passenger in the street. The recommendation of the passenger was not to play football in the ...
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When should I put "the", "a" and "an" [migrated]

Zero coupon bonds with a par value of £1,000 have maturity of 2 years, and required rate of return of 2 percent. Zero coupon bonds with a par value of £1,000 have a maturity of 2 years, and a ...
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Article the is an adverb or an adjective [migrated]

I read an article that states that the definite article "the" is an adjective before nouns (the ball) and is an adverb before superlative adjective (the best player) what its type (part of ...
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Why is it the headings but an address? I thought it is the heading because we can see it quoted, but the address is also given… [migrated]

I came across one article on BBC and don’t really understand the usage of THE article there. There is a description of a postcard:” On its front was a cartoon of a rabbit asleep in a crib underneath ...
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What's right way to talk about garlands? [closed]

'Tis the season, and garlands are cropping up in discussions. As you notice in that sentence, I pluralized the word "garland". If I were referring to a single instance, such as one strand ...
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Whether to use "the" before abbreviations such as HTTP

... This setting determines whether HTTP and FTP URIs should be turned into relative ones if a file is stored using the HTTP or the FTP. HTTP stands for hypertext transfer protocol, and FTP stands ...
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Use of article: "by the air" or "by air"? [closed]

I like to travel by the air. I like to travel by air. I think the first one is correct because no human can travel in air (general meaning of 2nd one). When "the" is used with air it means ...
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Difference between make 'an' effort and make 'the' effort [closed]

Consider the following sentence. Yet I still enjoy making ____ (an/the) effort to bake at home from time to time. Here, what is the difference between an and the? Is effort here a specific or common ...
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Article for programming data types

I'm writing documentation for my data analysis framework, and there are classes Histogram and Graph. I document a function that transforms one Histogram to one Graph as Transform a Histogram to Graph ...
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Will "a" or "the" be presumed in this scenario? [closed]

Suppose a native English-speaking witness in court is testifying about what she saw. The story, as previously narrated by the witness in her written statement, starts with a certain identified/named ...
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"An X of an Y" or "The X of an Y"?

Important: All of the examples below are assumed to be used when we say something like "a cat" and not "the cat". That is, for example, when we are introducing something for the ...
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Usage of English articles with mathematical equalities

I was curious about how English articles work with cases such as: For all of the simulations, the B = 15 mT, the f = 10 kHz. The B and f are of course defined earlier in the text and are used in the ...
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The British writer or British writer

I know this sounds dumb but I have just come across this sentence: The book was Jude the Obscure, a novel by the British writer Thomas Hardy. So the phrase "British writer" is preceded by ...
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(*An) astute businessman though he was,...: (*The) actual perpretators though they were,

(*An) astute businessman though he was, P was capable of extreme recklessness (*The) actual perpetrators though they were, the criminals never admitted their guilt in court Why are the articles not ...
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The definite article before dark, darkness, light

Why is there a definite article before the words darkness and light in the sentence below: But as is so often true, the darkness lingers longer than the light. And why is the expression in the dark/...
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Should I use definite or indefinite articles in appositive phrases listing someone’s accomplishments?

Not sure which is correct: I interviewed Bob, a writer for Time Magazine, the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, and the author of three books. or I interviewed Bob, a writer for Time Magazine, a ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say that someone is "the son of Satan"?

I read a news report today which is titled "Chinese State Media Slams Soros As 'The Most Evil Person In The World' And 'The Son Of Satan'". My question is not about politics but English ...
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Article after 'added' or 'implemented' in software changelogs [closed]

I'm writing a document describing what has been added or changed in a new version of a software app. Among the changes are new features allowing the users to do certain things. (1) Is it correct to ...
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take an interest vs lose interest

Consider the following examples: Do your parents take an interest in your friends? Do not ramble or your interviewer could lose interest. Why is interest in (1) preceded by an article but interest ...
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Why is definite article (the) used in this sentence?

"Global warming is the increase in the average temperature of the near-surface air and the oceans." I understand that the above sentence is the definition of global warming, so the nouns in ...
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How to underscore words/phrases in notes and presentations when it comes to articles?

I am not a native English speaker and in my language we don't have articles. So, I would like to ask whether you underscore (or make bold) (in your personal notes or in public presentations, etc.) or ...
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"mathematical induction" vs "the mathematical induction"

Which one is correct? "mathematical induction" vs "the mathematical induction"? It's as often with the article as it is without so is it optional? Can either be used? Is there a ...
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Why is there no article in "do not block gate" [closed]

I often see signs like "do not block gate" or "do not block door" Why is there no article before the singular noun? It's confusing as a non-native speaker.
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Does "much of a (countable noun)" mean the same as "much (countable noun)?"

(a): The countries did not have much of a choice when it came to vaccines. (b): The countries did not have much choice when it came to vaccines. Are the sentences above semantically identical? Are ...
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"In a first step" versus "In the first step"

In German we would often use the phrase "In einem ersten Schritt" which literally translates to "In a first step[, we did this or that..]". It is often used when the order of steps ...
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Does "peace of mind" require an article? [closed]

Example: Buying insurance gives customers a peace of mind that their family will be protected in times of need. Is an article needed or can I also say, "Buying insurance gives customers peace ...
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The usage of articles with the word right and only [closed]

Very often, the article THE goes with the words RIGHT and ONLY. When is it OK to use A? Examples: This is a difficult question. Is there a right answer to it? (I think it's correct) This is a ...
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"The" inside or outside quotation marks when naming a thesis

When stating the name of a scientific thesis or principle, for example, "the theory of evolution," should "the" be inside or outside the quotation marks? Put simply, which option ...
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"What a grand and intoxicating foolishness" and "what grand intoxicating foolishness" [duplicate]

Innocence, foolishness, lunacy, such nouns aren't countable, right? So both of these sentences are right. But which way would you rather use such a sentence? I know google favors the latter, but I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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