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Questions tagged [articles]

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

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Take a train or Take the train?

Lovely people,I really need your help... I saw different variety of Take a train or take the train in sentences... And I still can't get it...When should I say take the train and when take a train?:/
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What article do we need in this example? [migrated]

They offer several payment methods, one of them being a credit card. They offer several payment methods, one of them being the credit card. They offer several payment methods, one of them being credit ...
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“In treatment of” versus “in the treatment of”

I am quite unsure in which scenario does the word treatment take the definite article. I see the word has been used both with and without an article in published works. Do we have any particular rule ...
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Why is the article used in “downloading a scammer's files”? [on hold]

Is there a rule about such cases? I just can not understand. Downloading a scammer's files. The name of the video from YouTube.
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How do articles with “mind” modify meaning of sentences on this Wikipedia page?

Why are there different usages of the articles with 'mind' throughout the entire article. It seems to me that this is done in arbitrary way? The mind is a set of cognitive faculties... ...what ...
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Is the definite article required in “the more…, the more…”?

Sentence 1: More they earn, more they spend. Sentence 2: The more they earn, the more they spend. Which is/are correct?
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Articles before nouns described by adjectives [on hold]

I'm not sure if I should use an article when describing a particular place with an adjective, like: a tram at the modern "qwerty" tram stop doesn't sound natural. I could say just a tram at the ...
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should I use 'the' or 'a'? [migrated]

A: Where are you going? B: I am going to the/a gym.(first time ever B has mentioned the 'gym' to A) My intuition tells me that I should use 'the'. But the 'gym' is an new information for A. So ...
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Can we use definite articles with adverb words like As, Rather, very, much, quite, so , such, too? [migrated]

Which one of the sentence is grammatically correct: He is a very good person. Or He is the very good person.? Please elaborate.
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An involved proof or a involved proof [duplicate]

Is it an involved proof or a involved proof? Involved begins with a vowel sound so it should be an, however an-in sounds wrong when I say it out loud. Why does it sound wrong and which one is correct?...
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When two adjectives need two different indefinite articles

What do you do when two adjectives require different indefinite articles? Is this sentence correct: "Here is an easy and fun way to accomplish the task." Normally, "fun" would take the article "a" ...
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Should I put an article before an adjective and an alternative of items?

I have a sentence which ends like this: ... do something with a translated sentence or document. I'm not sure whether I placed the article correctly. Some people suggest to treat every item of an ...
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Can ‘calorific value’ be used without an article?

While reading the following sentence, I was wondering why the term calorific value doesn't take an article. I have been taught that a singular noun always takes an article unless it is part of an ...
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Article the/a Which one is correct? [migrated]

Please give an explanation. And you can give a link to the extended use of articles? I just do not understand why in this case the article "the" is put, if this noun is singular, then the article "a" ...
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Which phrase sounds better( more natural and common for native speaker).“ Victim of art”

I have doubts about the phrase "Victim of art". Should I change it to "Art victim" or it can be used as it is but may be I miss articles? Or, please, suggest your own version with the same sense. ...
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Proper usage of an article/determiner in the given sentence

Recently I have read a book in chemistry field, and I have encountered this sentence: This is because typical metal Lewis acids are deactivated by the nitrogen atoms of the product formed that are ...
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The usage of articles

In this sentence, In the pursuit of my computer science degree at WUSTL, I have mastered.... Should there be a the in front of pursuit? In other words, should the sentence be changed to In pursuit of ...
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Which option is correct?

Can you tell which option is correct? And why it is necessary to use or not to use this or that article? I have pizza. or I have a pizza.
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“Were someone someone, … would …” structure

I have been practicing my English reading skill for a while. I try to read news article from various sources. Lately, I found this article (link: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/10/...
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About the usage of “an” in this context

To believe a person is not necessarily to treat him as an original authority. He is an original authority on what he himself has done and seen and heard: I say an original authority because I only ...
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Use of articles, which one is correct?

Corinth was a rich, but not a very enlightened state OR Corinth was a rich, but not very enlightened state. Which one should I use? Thanks in advance.
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“currently is a …” or “is currently a …”

I'm not sure which statement is more correct. John has been with the team since 2010 and is currently a senior researcher OR John has been with the team since 2010 and currently is a senior ...
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Why do some British people fail to put an article before the word “hospital”? [duplicate]

Like all English nouns, the word "hospital" is normally preceded by an article. For example, we might have a sentence like the following: He was taken to the hospital by an ambulance. However, I ...
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Article before nouns in the appositive phrase?

Here are two examples: Nobody creates post-apocalyptic flicks better than George Miller, the director of Mad Max series. Is the necessary before director, and can it be omitted? The business was ...
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Is the “the” necessary

I am sure this question has been asked somewhere else before, but I don't know what terms I would need to search to find it. A Native Russian speaking friend, who is learning English asked me a ...
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The Educator for football technology or The educator of football technology [closed]

Please, could you explain that sentence, and also articles "the educator" or "educator" what is correct?
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Pass me the almond cookie V/s Pass me an almond cookie

Sentence:Pass me the almond cookie. Why does this sentence not framed like -"Pass me an almond cookie" IS it because the person wants "the almond cookie" out of all other cookies. Because the ...
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Why is “the” used here? I would use not article in this dialog

It upsets Sheldon when you play with the food...It upsets Sheldon when you play with the Sheldon. First sentence I kinda can justify the, second one - just don't get it. (The big bang theory. https://...
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“control of the company” or “the control of the company”?

I saw the following sentence in OALD: He was forced to relinquish control of the company. Despite having studied English for years and having consulted some advanced grammar books, when writing in ...
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Can I say “until the dawn” instead of “until dawn”?

It would be something like "the baby was born at midnight, she cried until (the) dawn". I believe the more natural way of saying that would be without the "the", just "she cried until dawn", but I ...
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Articles before common noun followed by proper name

I would like to know if usage of indefinite articles in the following sentence is appropriate or if there should be definite articles in their place. 1) A leopard cub Leo and a tiger cub called Tig ...
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the plus plural nouns

Please see the following example, I think the ministers are quite specific, not all ministers, just those from the remaining 27 EU countries. So why there is no 'the' preceded? Ministers from the ...
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Is there an exceptional use of the article ‘a/an’? [duplicate]

When I studied English, I learned that I have to use the article “a/an” in front of a noun whose first pronunciation starts with a vowel sound. But whilst reading some texts, I realised that ...
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Are 'a' and 'one' interchangeable? [closed]

I know that we can say: There is only one car on the lot. But is it possible to say: There is only a car on the lot. In general, are these two words interchangeable? Thank you!
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The Control or Control

I have a debate with a friend about the following sentence. We have only one goal - to give you the control of your finances. My friend argues that "the" in this sentence is wrong, saying it is ...
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“It is true statement” vs. “It is a true statement”

When there is a statement written, and we want to comment on it, which of the following is correct, and why? It is true statement. or It is a true statement.
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Article 'the' use in front of television [duplicate]

Use of ' the' before television???????~ above 1st photo from use of 'the' is different from 2nd photo please solve my question
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He likes eating Japanese food [duplicate]

“what does your brother usually eat for lunch?” “Well, he likes eating Japanese food” “Well, he likes eating the Japanese food” Can anyone tell me which sentence is correct?
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A Eulogy, or An Eulogy? [duplicate]

I'm aware that the rule of thumb is typically "use 'a' when the next word has a consonant sound, and 'an' when it has a vowel sound," but the phrase "an eulogy" sounds clunky to me. Is the ...
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use of “the” for dates

Is it fine to write during the second half of 4th century B.C. or is it preferable to write during the second half of the 4th century B.C.
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When to use articles before programming terms?

I've found such a paragraph in one of programming tutorials: Ruby strings are simply sequences of 8-bit bytes and they are objects of class String. Double-quoted strings allow substitution and ...
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Zero articles in movie and book titles

Can you please explain to me, why sometimes there's no article in the movie or book titles, even if these titles are singular count nouns. For example: "Junky" by William S. Burroughs or "Alien" by ...
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An article after 'called'

In my text, many concepts are introduced (defined) by a sentence with 'called'. Examples are: This condition is called eigenvariable condition. This procedure is called the truth table method. A ...
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Should one use “an” or an “a” before an acronym beginning with the letter H? [duplicate]

Consider the sentence: He offered to be an HSC. vs: He offered to be a HSC. In the example above, HSC stands for Health Service Consultant. If one were saying the sentence aloud, one would ...
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definite article 'a'

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, pag 529, says: Predeterminer AdjPs (e.g., such a nuisance, or so serious a problem) occur as external modifier in NP structure, preceding the ...
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history of the ___ VS. history of _____

I need to fix a title of an article: which sentence is correct? History of Wall Calendar Design History of the Wall Calendar Design History of the Wall Calendar History of Wall Calendar where the ...
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“…[b]etween rich and poor” and “…[b]etween the rich and the poor”

My colleague and I were discussing a student's paper. We agreed that according to our experiences and knowledge of English, the following sentence is grammatically correct: "The difference ...
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Definite article or no article whatsoever?

I'm having some trouble deciding whether or not to use "the" in the following sentences: Jack washed (the) windows in his flat last week. She's watering (the) plants in her friend's apartment. ...
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Are articles pronouns?

I'd like to know whether articles are a kind of pronoun. I believe that "a/an" should be an indefinite pronoun because "a" is similar to "any", and "the" should be a definite pronoun. For example: ...
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Using Articles in a Simple List

An abstract noun is something that doesn't physically exist, such as an idea, concept, quality, emotion or event. OR An abstract noun is something that doesn't physically exist, such as an idea, a ...