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The use of a/an article

Today I came across something very interesting (perhaps, maybe easy, I don't know :) So, here is the thing. Why do we use some words ending with "ache" with an article (in case of headache) and some ...
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Question re: use of “the” before government?

Should one use "the" before government? Bringing change in government and its policies" For a country's government's policies, should one use "the" before country name only for US and not India? ...
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Is the definite/indefinite article a complement or a modifier of a noun?

The definite/indefinite article -- the/a(n) -- always comes before a noun and can never be used without a noun. Is the definite/indefinite article a complement or a modifier of a noun?
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The use of English Article “the” [migrated]

Can someone tell and explain to me which sentence uses the definite article correctly? Force is denoted by the symbol F. Force is denoted by symbol F. When we talk about proper nouns like the name ...
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Is “I am an a millionaire” grammatically correct? [migrated]

To imply that I am a millionaire, but only of a single million. If I had two million, I’m a two-millionaire. (This is valid right?) If I had one million, I’m a one-millionaire. If I had a million, ...
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The Correct Use of English Articles [closed]

Fill in the right articles: A, An, the, Ø. Boyle's law states ____ pressure of ____ gas is inversely proportional to ____ volume of ____ gas ____ constant temperature. I Agree to @my name's response ...
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Are articles exactly even required for English language? [closed]

My native language is Finnish that doesn't exactly have articles. It has never felt like limitation. This why it has been hard to understand why there is need for the articles. I feel like I'm just ...
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When should I use “a” vs “an”?

In the following example, is it appropriate to use a or an as the indefinite article, and why? He ate __ green apple. I know that in the case of just "apple", it would be "an apple," but I've ...
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Using “a”, “an” “the” articles in term definitions [duplicate]

Which article is correct to use when defining а term? For example: Cryptography is a/the field that deals with encryption and hiding messages from a third parties. Encoding is a/the process ...
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Which article we can use with word 'Rain' [migrated]

I am learning English. I have one confusion about articles. I have gone through one usage of articles in English. What I can use with word 'Rain' Should it be 'a' or 'The'.
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Use of definite article before superlative adverbs [duplicate]

What is the rule regarding the use of definite article (the) before superlative adverbs? Is it mandatory, optional, or not required at all to use the before superlative adverbs?
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Use of articles before proper nouns of person

In a closed question to a related topic on this forum, the following was suggested as an answer: "Another is to use a proper noun as an example of particular traits that could also be held by others (...
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Articles to use with musical instruments [duplicate]

Which of these is correct?: ''The intro to that song is played on a guitar'' or "The intro to that song is played on the guitar"? Thank you in advance :)
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Use of “the” with nationalities that have plural forms

Is the rule 7.8 here widely accepted in English? Rule 7.8: Use the definite article when referring to nationalities that do not have a plural form. If it is, does it sound off when one says "'the ...
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Article usage: “in (/the/a) polar form”

Looking at usage frequencies in Google: "in polar form" - 162000 occurrences "in the polar form" - 85100 "in a polar form" - 26200 The context I am interested is math and it seems that most ...
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Use of the article “the”: the number of the other agents or the number of other agents

I have a question regarding the use of the article "the" in the following sentence. What is correct? "[...]. The answer of each agent depends on the number of other agents answering the same." or "[...
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Is it necessary to add “a” before the noun in this sentence?

Consider the sentence fragment: ...as Business Development Representative, I would... If Business Development Representative describes a role occupied by a single person (for example, "as ...
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Articles before ordinal numbers

I am a bit confused about differences in the usage of articles before ordinal numbers. Technically, it would be logical to always use "the" for instances like "the fourth time I did this" or "the ...
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“Has a value of” vs. “has the value of”

The basic problem The following types of expressions are ubiquitous, especially (but not only) in scientific and technical literature; note the indefinite article in the construction "...has/with a ...
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A century ago vs. century ago [closed]

I would like to know which one is correct and if both are correct what is the difference. I want to say that some work was done more than 100 years ago. Do I say: This was done more than a ...
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Articles with Spatial Prepositions

Are both sentences correct? with and without the indefinite article (a): She lives two minutes' walk from the station She lives a two minutes' walk from the station
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I am going to show you the sink, kitchen and fridge

Can we use one article in > I am going to show you the sink, kitchen and fridge. (the sink and the fridge are in the kitchen we are talking about) I am going to show you the accommodation, campus ...
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What auxiliary verb should be used with a country name? [duplicate]

Could anyone tell which statement is correct : 1. India is playing 2. India are playing
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regarding the use of “them”

"What they refer to as the habit of dreaming by the Aborigines, is not what the Aborigines themselves believe them to be." "Them" is referring to dreams. Is the use of 'them' in the second part of ...
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Why there is no article before venture capital firm in “Beller’s first high-profile role was at venture capital firm Andreessen Horwitz, ..”?

Beller’s first high-profile role was at venture capital firm Andreessen Horwitz, where she was a partner on the deal team between 2013 and 2016. Source Does the same rule apply to the sentence above ...
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“X Factor winner” or “the X Factor winner” [duplicate]

Could someone please explain, why is the definite article before the word "winner" missed in the following question? "Cowell picked Tedder’s song Bleeding Love for X Factor winner Leona Lewis" If I ...
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Use of article 'a' [duplicate]

"to find a moment shrouded in a naked silence" Is it okay to write 'a' naked silence in place of naked silence?
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“in like manner” v. “in the like manner”

1."in like manner" or 2."in the like manner" I thought that the latter is correct, but more digging points to the former. In Leviathan,of Hobbes, in like manner is used twenty five times, whereas ...
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Using “The” at the beginning of a sentence [duplicate]

Which one is better? And why? The contracted personnel can be employed by the institution. Contracted personnel can be employed by the institution.
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Articles before “covenant”?

As I was going through Leviathan I realized that in some places Hobbes left an article before covenant, despite not placing the word in quotation marks: 1. "God is King of all the Earth by his Power: ...
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Usage of articals. e.g. When do we use a singular noun on its own without an article?

2 questions. Q1. Earlier these days, I saw the usage of "Leader of ...", which is a countable noun without a preceding article. Is that grammatically correct? What I found in oxford guide to english ...
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“Nobody likes to wash (the) dishes.” Can it be used with zero article?

Am I right in thinking that it's possible and correct to use the zero article in contexts like this, when the meaning is general? Even though in dictionaries it's presented as a set expression with ...
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Indefinite article - are there any exceptions for proper nouns? “an Aristides” vs “Aristides”

I was going through Leviathan of Hobbes today and I think I spotted an error. "and every Citizen bringing his Oystershell into the market place, written with the name of him he desired should be ...
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Why there is no article before “heire”? [duplicate]

The following passage is from All's Well That Ends Well: Shee is young, wise, faire, In these, to Nature shee's immediate heire: And these breed honour: According to the research I did on Cambridge ...
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Which article should be used in this sentence? [closed]

I have to fill the blank with an article (a,an or the) Copper is _ useful metal. Metal is a noun and it is qualified by an adjective 'useful'. But I can't find any rule pertaining to this ...
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Is it not that big a deal vs No big deal

I was just checking an advanced grammar and learned that the following is possible: It is not that big a deal 1) The book says I cannot skip the article. But how come in "ordinary" version there ...
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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 the Mad Max series. Is the necessary before director, and can it be omitted? The business ...
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“An autonomous being” vs “autonomous being”? When to place an indefinite article? [duplicate]

He treats her as property rather than an autonomous being. or He treats her as property rather than autonomous being. Which of the above sentences is correct and why?
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Why do American speakers pronounce “the” as “/ðə/” before vowels?

I learned that we have to pronounce /ðə/ before consonants & /ði/ before vowels. For example, the /ðə/ car, but the /ði/ earth. But it seems that a lot of American people pronounce the /ðə/ ...
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Articles with initialisms: 'the' or no 'the', can both be correct?

(Skip to the end for the actual question.) Definitions According to Oxford Living Dictionaries, an initialism is: "An abbreviation consisting of initial letters pronounced separately". According ...
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Cockney accent: “a” or “an” before words starting with h? How about “the”?

How do you say "a help" (or the indefinite article followed by another word that starts with a normally non-silent h) with a Cockney accent, which drops word-initial h's? So would you say a elp or an ...
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(the) project BankABC, BankABC project or the BankABC project?

I struggle with proper usage of articles in the following situation: I have a project for a customer, let's call the customer BankABC. Is the following then correct? This is the description of the ...
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Do you need “The” to start a sentence?

For an academic paper, I wrote (referring to the makeup of part-time faculty) "Level of teaching experience is mixed." I was marked for a grammatical error, with the professor noting it should be "...
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“At the right time” vs “at a right time”

Tell me please what is the difference between the following sentences. It is totally fine to add suplementary exercises to the main lifts. Just do it at the right time. It is totally fine to ...
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Generic function of indefinite article

"In 2002, a British chain of supermarkets announced a genetically modified carrot" - Does the article 'a' in this sentence have a generic function? In "Practical English Usage" by M. Swan It is said:...
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Why isn't there any article in the expression “vary from school to school”?

I am a non-native English learner. An example sentence in LONGMAN dictionary confused me. In the sentence "Test scores vary from school to school", there is no article in front of either school. I ...
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Next and the next

I'll see you next Monday. I'll look at it at the next meeting. I already know both of them are correct but what if I said the second sentence the same as the first one without "the" and "at"? In ...
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Is this sentence correct? Tanya is a team member who holds expertise in chat support [closed]

Tanya is a team member who holds expertise in chat support. I'm in a doubt specifically about whether it should have 'the' in place of 'a'. Feel free to notify other mistakes as well.
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Definite or indefinite article in “the/a devil's advocate”

I can't quite figure out which of the following expressions is more correct: He is the devil's advocate. He is a devil's advocate. He is playing devil's advocate. The combination of an article with ...
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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.