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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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In which cases should the article “the” be italicized when referring to something? [closed]

I often have to introduce arguments, papers, books etc. And I keep running into the same problem: when introducing something, it's difficult to avoid placing the article the in front of what I'm ...
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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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Do we use the definite article when a noun is already uniquely identified?

Do I say "Answer question 4" or "Answer the question 4" ? I'm in doubt about which form to use in a test I'm preparing for my students...
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Use of an ARTICLE [duplicate]

Americans tend to insert an Article as in "going to the hospital" while the English do not eg. "going to hospital". Is there a language Rule involved or is this simply a dialect difference?
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How to tell when to put article? [migrated]

I don't know when to put definite and when to put indefinite article so I have few questions. "This is a true story about a man who chose the worst possible time for his crime. It happened in London ...
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Using a or an article before unfamiliar or new termed acronym

I have seen in a number of places, such as this answer, that the usage of a or an in front of an acronym is dependent on the common pronunciation of that acronym. I am confused for the following ...
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Tom and Julia are “husband and wife” or “_a_ husband and wife”

I saw this sentence in a book: Tom, 45, and Julia, 40, are husband and wife. It sounded natural to me not to use the article "a" before "husband and wife". But I'd like to know the grammatical ...
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“king of” or “the king of”

Which is correct? I am king of the world. I am the king of the world. Additionally, which would be the better choice, if I wanted to use the expression "king" to signify dominance in a ...
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When do we use the article “a” before “people”?

I read a sentence in a chapter named "The Last Lesson" which was: That, we must guard it among us and never forget it, because when a people are enslaved, as long as they hold fast to their language, ...
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history of the ___ VS. history of _____ [closed]

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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Placing an article before or after an adjective

Why is does the article change positions in the following: such a good person so good a person Haven't been able to answer my student's question on this one, and if you change the adjectives to "...
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“an/a institution” [duplicate]

Today I read a tweet from a respected British journalist which stated: "an flawed institution". To my ear this is wrong and should be "a flawed institution" Albeit, I appreciate you can say "an ...
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Definite or indefinite article when describing a historical person

According to this question: Definite and indefinite articles when introducing a person one can use a definite, indefinite or no article at all when introducing a particular person. Which option is 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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“Which planet is nearest Earth?” vs “Which planet is the nearest to Earth?”

I don't understand why the definite article is not used in front of the superlative and why we don't use the preposition "to" as in: Which planet is the nearest to Earth? instead of ...
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Articles and Prepositions: “At/The mountain of…” and “…descended in/on her head” [closed]

The/A mountain of family responsibilities had already descended in/on her head. According to me, it is in her head. But I am not 100% sure about the answer because in the net various answers are ...
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“The Go Programming Language” - is the article necessary? [closed]

https://golang.org/ Not a native speaker. To me it sounds weird. I'd say "Go programming language". Thanks
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The usage of the article with the word “Devil”

Someone asked me to translate a sentence from Russian and I couldn't decide which of the two variants is correct: "Call me the devil" or "Call me devil". I am aware that there are several meanings of ...
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'Are you sure you want to delete selected items OR the selected items?'?

"Are you sure you want to delete selected items?" or "Are you sure you want to delete the selected items?" Which one is correct? Maybe it's better to say " delete these items" and to avoid this issue?...
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Shoud I use an indefinite article before “enemy forces”?

"The soldiers gave themselves up in the face of a stronger enemy forces" I saw this sentence in my textbook and I'd like to know if there is an error here? Shoud I really use an indefinite article ...
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What do consecutive articles mean? [closed]

I found a sentence: The the more common mediums of cold storage are listed with some of their weaknesses. What does the double "the" mean here? Is this a typo?
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I’m stuck with a and the. What is the mental process to choose between them? [duplicate]

If the word isn’t specific, so need ’a’. Or If the word isn’t common, so need ’the’. Which way your mental process works?
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Does “anathema” need an “an”?

Anathema is a nounRef. And, nouns generally need articles in certain kinds of sentences. Consider: Jane is _______. Then: Jane is a cat. is proper but Jane is cat. (no article) is not proper. ...
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Why is “a” used before “smoke” in this sentence? [closed]

I only have half an hour-barely time for a smoke and a cup of tea. Smoke is uncountable so why is there an article used?
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The usage of article: “stone, a stone, the stone, stones speak(s) in silence”?

The usage or non-usage of article and number of noun is always a headache for non-native English speakers, particularly to Asians who don’t have the notion of article and number (singular / plural) in ...
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Proper form of “user request”

The context is an Internet platform to which http requests are sent. In a sentence like this: The system behaves differently when users' requests increase. what is the correct usage of user request ...
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Using “woman” without article: “I am woman”

I heard the lyrics of a song by Helen Reddy: I am woman, hear me roar In numbers too big to ignore […] I am woman watch me grow See me standing toe to toe As I spread my lovin' arms ...
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'There is the orange on the table' is this sentence correct?

What I know is this; if both speakers and listeners know what it is, we can use article 'the'. So, here's my question; 'There is the orange on the table'; is this sentence correct? if there is only ...
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“The author means”, “The author writes”, “The author points out”, etc

I am currently writing a technical report. While writing the "Related work" section, I often need to write expressions as shown in the title: "The author means that this algorithm is not suitable ...
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Staying at Ace vs staying at the Ace; Ace Hotel

Name of hotel is "Ace Hotel". Which is correct: "I am staying at Ace", "I am staying at the Ace" or neither?
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Why is the article omitted before “climate change”?

In the book "Advanced Grammar in Use" there is a sentence: We will talk about climate change in a later part of the course. Q1: Why is the article completely omitted in front of "climate change"? ...
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No article with president [duplicate]

If I were president... Why don't we have article "a" before "president"? Thank you!
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Dilemma in using Articles [duplicate]

The old woman reduced the self-esteem of the speaker. My question is why it is the self-esteem.
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Usage of the article 'the' in the phrase Internet of Things

I am writing a paper on the topic, Internet of Things as a part of my curriculum. I couldn't help but wonder as to why every article, conference paper and journal publication refers to it as "The ...
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Which article is correct when referring to a disease? (e.g. the flu, a cold) [duplicate]

I just had my first Composition 102 lecture and the professor said that when you refer to a disease you use "the" as in "the flu." I don't argue with that example because you say "I have the flu," ...
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Day without an article in “Day in the life of (xx)”

Sometimes I find people use “day in the life of” instead of “a day in the life of” in YouTube titles. May I ask what is the difference?
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“go to the store/bank” or “go to a store/bank”

I've searched all the internet, but mostly the explanation was so different from one another that i couldn't come up with one conclusion. I know in some cases, articles are not needed between 'to' ...
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A brief history v. the brief history - what explains the difference in function?

I'm puzzling over a difference in sense between two expressions as I've seen them in titles of texts. Here they are with examples: A Brief History. Brief modifies history, which here seems to refer ...
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it's a kind of impossible… Argument with teacher

So i'm arguing with my teacher about this one phrase on my writing exam. I've written: "It's kind of impossible not to like her." And she corrected it to: "it's a kind of impossible not to like her." ...
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Omitting article before “evaluation”

In the sentence This talk focuses on an evaluation of.... it somehow feels way more natural to omit the article: This talk focuses on evaluation of.... Or at least change the sentence like so:...
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Article 'the' usage in noun + number

Which is the correct one ? How can I get to the gate D32 ? How can I get to gate D32 ?
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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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When does “nature” require an article and why? [duplicate]

I was wondering about a sentence like this: If nature were to design a bicycle, how would it look? Is nature missing an article? Should it be a nature or the nature, or is it correct as is? If a ...
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which is correct?, at the interview … or at interview

At interview she was casually dressed with good hygiene and engaged well. or At the interview she was casually dressed with good hygiene and engaged well.
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“If you are not [a] vegan” - should there be an article? [closed]

I'm not sure about the sentence in the title. I feel like there should be an article, but I often see how people write "I'm vegan" omitting the article. Why do they omit it?
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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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Why is the article used in “downloading a scammer's files”? [closed]

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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“in efforts to” vs “in an effort to”

Is efforts being used properly in this sentence because we are promoting multiple efforts? In efforts to promote our products, we are providing a website and flyers for your use. Or should it be: ...