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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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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 ...
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The choice of [no article/a] hotel was perfect

Intuitively, it seems that articles are not necessary here. The choice of hotel was perfect. Nonetheless, I can't find a logical way to explain why omitting articles for a countable noun is ...
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Which one is correct: “He is the taller of the two” or “He is taller of the two”

He is the taller of the two. He is taller of the two. Which one is correct and why?
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In “A plethora of”, should I use “A” always? [closed]

A plethora of problems Plethora of problems Are both ok? Because in many articles, "A" is not written.
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When to use “A” before a proper noun? [duplicate]

I wonder if we can put "A" before a proper noun. Here's an example I found on Google: As a Vietnam veteran I remembered that it was 16 years after my tour in Vietnam. I wish to know why the author ...
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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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a barn vs the barn [duplicate]

What is the difference between these two sentences: Tom was hiding in the barn. Tom was hiding in a barn.
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Why is an article not needed before the noun “island” in this sentence?

This question is based on the following excerpt from a GRE example: Experts have differed about where the genus Varanus (monitor lizards) originated. Because most existing species live in Australia,...
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Which article, if any, is the best choice in this case?

I work in IT and have a question about using articles in the following sentence: There is ____ AllowedChanges table with ____ AllowedPctType column in the database. So my question is which ...
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Daring forays into artful subervsion [closed]

I found some lines in an article. I have failed to understand them fully. Can I get some help? The novels of the Nigerian author Amos Tutola have on one side been extolled as daring forays into an ...
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Should there be any article before “bilingual and multilingual users of English” in this sentence? [closed]

__ bilingual and multilingual users of English far outnumber its monolingual native speakers. Should there be any article at the start of this sentence? Also, why?
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When can I omit *the* from certain prhases?

After reviewing an interesting question and answer here: Is 'at the time of writing' correct?, I'm wondering if I couldn't do something more simple: At time of writing, this is all that has ...
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Man vs a man vs the man

Consider this sentence She always dreamed of man / a man / the man like you. What is the difference between them?
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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: ...
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The omission of articles before the last two nouns in 'There is a missing bridge between business and technology'

I came across the following sentence in an article: "There is a missing bridge between business and technology" To the best of my understanding when a noun is used, it should have an article (a, ...
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“Within the month” vs “Within a month” is there a difference?

Just applied for a job and they said "Must be available to start within the month". Does that mean by the end of month? In this case August 30th? Or does it mean 30 days from now, meaning September ...
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Question about using “a” in sentence [closed]

I don’t even know how to accurately ask this question, but I need to know which of the following is correct: Tom Smith is an Arizona native and partner at the Law Offices of Smith & Smith. Or ...
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A/the in two examples

I read a book about articles and can't distinguish the difference between two rules. A can be used to mean "any": A cat (any) is domestic animal. The can be used when we talk about the entire ...
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Which article should be used in documenting arguments to a software function

If I have a function, e.g., function processDirectory(input, relPath, output) {} And I want to document its parameters, shall I use the or an article? For example, input - the path to the source ...
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A simulation from reality vs simulation from reality.

"While previous simulations were often accused of predictability and lack of immersion, now it was almost impossible to distinguish simulation from reality." "While previous simulations were often ...
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“A NNN REIT” or “an NNN REIT” [duplicate]

I would think it's "a NNN REIT" in this case, despite the vowel sound, because this would typically be read as "a triple-net REIT" by those with domain knowledge. The person I consulted with said NNN ...
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Why didn't they use an article (“The” or “A”) in this sentence?

Why didn't they use an article ("The" or "A") before "newspaper" in this sentence from Jacqueline Wilson's Happy Holidays? Mum made us put newspaper down first so that we wouldn't get piles. I Think ...
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Two adverbs, and an indefinite article

I found two adverbs, between which indefinite article, in TVTRopes site: Upon reading it, the host concludes that it's actually a really old joke that everyone knows. Is it grammatical to ...
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I am confused with usage about 'the' and object complement

Is the sentence as below correct in grammar? And is it clear enough? Please copy & paste keyword, mykeyword, into the search box of Google Play Store app or website to locate this pure app ...
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gay or a gay / American or an American

One of my American friends told me that 'He is a gay' or 'He is an American' is a rather rude expression. She said that 'He is gay' or 'He is American' is better. She could not explain why but guessed ...
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can we say "a tropical area?

What is the difference between: a. A tropical area b. Tropical area in the following sentences? Morphological characteristic in a tropical area is available. Morphological characteristic in ...
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when to the 'the' in a sentence! [closed]

after 'share knowledge of the' why does 'context' not have an article after it? As opposed to The first group consists of nouns which refer to shared knowledge of the situation or the context. why ...
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When do I use a direct or indirect article to denote something?

The concrete example stems from a text that I am co-authoring with a friend whose native language is Czech. Mine is German. It goes like this: This regime is called random phase To me, it feels ...
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Should I use “the” in this sentence?

Would you say: I have a good knowledge of Japanese language and culture or I have a good knowledge of the Japanese language and culture Which one sounds better to you?
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Can a sentence start with “The highest”

Can a sentence start with "The highest" in an academic paper? It sounds a bit strange. My original sentence is When the specificity values of the devices were evaluated, the highest specificity ...
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Should I use an article for the word 'nature' here? [closed]

I always have trouble when to use articles in sentences. The sentence I am trying to write is 'Taking inspiration from Nature to address problems such as xyz...' Should it be 'the nature' or '...
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When to use “a” and when not?

"What is a wine?" or "What is wine?" "What is a convertible?" or "What is convertible?" I don't know if I should be using is with "a" or not. I've heard people saying "what is a" and even "what ...
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The “the” in company names—avoid or embrace? [closed]

I previously asked whether or not "of" should be used in company names. It appears it is a matter of preference. What about "The"? Are you aware of any rules, statistics, or guidelines that address ...
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A or an before slash phrase? A or an before parenthetical phrase equivalent to slash phrase? [duplicate]

NOT A DUPLICATE! The other question only asks about parenthetical phrases, not slash phrases. The other question's parenthetical phrase (answer(s) explained that it's not really a parenthetical ...
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Omission of definite articles before abstract nouns [closed]

I was going through the Grammarly blog about indefinite articles and its usage and the writer used this to exemplify the omission of articles: Incorrect: The creativity is a valuable quality in ...
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an article question: ___ higher speed (a vs none)

I randomly found these four sentences from the internet: "light travels at higher speed as compared to shadow” "which light has a higher speed, red or blue light?“ “What makes a mechanical clock ...
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Should I use “the” in domain name ant slogan? [closed]

I have a slogan "Learn from the best" for my project and have bought domain name learnfrombest.com. While I'm not a native english speaker, I'm not sure it sounds good enough. I chosen domain name ...
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Articles or no articles?

Context is where a writer is describing a trait in a book that has a collection of stories. Why is it okay to say: "..... as he moved from story to story." and not: "..... as he moved from a story to ...
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Preposition and article [duplicate]

Gingrich was deposed as Speaker of the House after the election in 1998. In the above sentence , can we write "deposed as a Speaker"? Or can it be "deposed as Speaker" only? Which one is correct? ...
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Is it wrong to use “one” and “had attained” in place of “a” and “attained”?

I used to have one credit card, but I dropped it in the designated box after I had attained my objective. Is it wrong to use one and had attained?
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Articles with proper names

It's correct to use the definite article before the name of a river, canal, sea and ocean: When my father dies, we will have to wash him, wrap him in rich cloth, cremate him, and then sprinkle ...
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Using the definite article with grocery products [duplicate]

If you ask someone working at a store 'Where's milk?' would that be right grammatically or does it have to be 'Where's the milk?' I know in the kitchen you would say 'Where's the milk?' or 'Where's ...
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An invitation or the invitation? [closed]

Is it correct to say an invitation or the invitation? I want to say to my friend thank you for the invitation ( as we both now which invitation I’m about)
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the closer… the more [duplicate]

I was watching TV series "Prison Break" and in the first episode I came across this kind of strange to me sentence. HALE: We're all clear on the Burrows execution. KELLERMAN: Good. HALE: ...
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“Here is a list of all (the) modified files.” Should I write “the” or not?

In this sentence: Here is a list of all modified files. Do I write the before modified or not ? I know that plural nouns often lose the article, but I'm not sure with this sentence.
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Definite ariticle before “sunlight” and “air”?

Do you put the definite article "the" before "air" and "sunlight"? I know it mostly depends on context, so I have come up with example sentences. Let's say I want to say these following sentences: ...
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Using two articles before and after “and”

For example: I bought a newspaper and a magazine from the cisco. There are two indefinite articles both in front of "newspaper" and "magazine." But I come across some literature the second article ...
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I search for newspaper articles to save them on a wiki site. What is the word for this “occupation?”

For example: The site is for mass murder related articles. I occasionally search for the newspaper murder articles to write about them and keep them stored in the site. I had made numerous articles ...
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When to use “the eldest”

Somebody please help me with this question. I know the answer but not sure why we have to use the definite article "the" here. The answer sheet says option "c" is the correct answer. But I am not sure ...