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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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Noun and article

Can we use swim as a noun? There is a mistake in this sentence. The swim you took must have addled your brain more than I have ever thought. Article with swim?
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Definite and indefinite articles when introducing a person

No article is used when introducing a person. This ended terribly for Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi; eight years after giving up his nuclear program, the US intervened against him in the Libyan civil ...
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Questions about indefinite articles before uncountable nouns

I know that you're not usually supposed to use articles before uncountable nouns but that there are sometimes exceptions to this rule. I'm a bit stumped by when the exception applies and when it doesn'...
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get all of the space / get all space / get the whole space?

Which one should be used when talking about say cloud storage, but with a poetic allusion to outer space. The noun space has more than one meaning, some of them are countable and some uncountable ...
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Can you put the article ‘a’ after the verb ‘are’? [duplicate]

So, I just read an article, and was confused by the sentence: In the study we just described, we found evidence that people’s self-discerning reflections — musings on whether parts of their ...
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A majority of debt?

From CNN Money - Italy crisis rocks markets. Here's why investors are worried, I read the following near the bottom of the article: A majority of Italy's government debt is owned by Italians, but ...
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“Perfect day” and an article

My friend from the USA posted on her Facebook timeline: "Perfect day for a walk" I was wondering if there is a rule for not using an article at the beginning of the sentence? I thought that you ...
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Using articles for generalization

I'm learning such difficult part of English grammar as Articles. So far I've already studied that articles are a mess and full of contadictions. Right now I'm learning this topic from several sources ...
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Should I write “a n-tuple” or “an n-tuple” [duplicate]

While writing a math paper, I have met many places to determine which indefinite articles should I use before a math symbol. Another example is "a/an f-exceptional divisor", here f is a math symbol ...
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A/the or no article? Why? [closed]

In the sentence below, which form is good and why? We met AN / THE / NO ARTICLE American actor Robert De Niro.
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Articles in context

I've some issues with articles. Can we use "a" in these sentences below? If yes, would it change the meanings? In December 2016, the conservative commentator Scottie Nell Hughes argued that... ...
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Why can one leave out the article in “Please contact administrator”? [duplicate]

As a native American English speaker, I wrote the following error message for our application: "There was an error. Please contact administrator." A native German speaking colleague asked me why I ...
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The use of the definite article with names of things [duplicate]

"The Ruger 10/22" or "The Glock17" was... - since "Glock17" is a name of a gun, why do we need the article?
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Problems with articles

Could anyone please explain me why the author of the book that I'm reading used the definite article in the following figure: "Figure 2.2. The population of the module.exports property or the ...
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Until next week vs Until the next week - using the definite article? [duplicate]

I am struggling with understanding the difference in meaning when the definite article is used with certain time expressions: He is coming back to London, but not until next year. He didn't ...
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Is it necessary to add “a” before the noun in this sentence? [closed]

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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sound or spelling to determine the choice of indefinite article [duplicate]

Is it correct to use indefinite articles based on the spelling of a word or the way it's pronounced? Would we say "Take an NHS leaflet." or "Take a NHS leaflet."? Also, what is the case with words ...
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How to use articles? When to use “a”, “an”, “the”? [closed]

I am confused about why we say a boy and a girl. can I say a boy and girl instead of adding the A article in front of both?
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Article use in “She is a/the of two children.” [duplicate]

I am confused by seeing the definite article in sentences like "She is the mother of x" where x has not been mentioned yet. For example, "She lives in Pittsburgh and is the mother of two daughters and ...
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What is “The” meaning of “A Word” or What is “Without Article” meaning of “A Word”? [duplicate]

Hi I am talking with my English-native friend and my friend used the word "Comprise". So I asked her "What is the meaning of the word Comprise?" But I think comprise could have multiple meaning ...
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Articles in movie or book titles: noun vs. adjective [closed]

One of the recently released movies is called "Terminal". The title of the movie does not include any article, definite or indefinite. Would it be correct to conclude that in the absence of an article ...
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using “the” before “adjective + name of the country”

Do I need to use "the" if I say "mysterious Japan" or "vast Russia"? Will it be "the mysterious Japan" or just "mysterious Japan"?
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I live in… a city/the city

I can say: I live in Prague. I live in a city called Prague. I live in the city of Prague. But, can I also say: I live in the city Prague. I live in a city Prague. Is it possible to say these two ...
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Using articles with holidays [duplicate]

Is it a right congratulation? Please, explain how is it correct to use article with holidays? Thank you so much
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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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Using 'THE' before a language [duplicate]

Is it right to use 'The' before a language, Like the Japanese, the Hindi?
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a rumor that / the rumor that [duplicate]

I'd appreciate it if someone would answer my question about the following sentences. Thank you in advance. A: Did you hear a rumor that the President was shot? B: Did you hear the rumor that the ...
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Why there are no article in the “Alert at time of event” [duplicate]

Here is the screenshot from the Apple Calendar event quick preview: Why it is not a Alert at THE time of event or Alert at time of THE event or even Alert at THE time of THE event ...
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When to omit an indefinite article? [duplicate]

We are discussing the sentence "Trump became president." Saw this on a Netflix series, 'Trump: An American Dream.' Isn't "president" countable? If so, why can you omit indefinite article?
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“The underground” or “underground”

Good day! I'm writing an essay about me. I wrote "I read books only when I'm riding on underground". I consider "underground" as the general idea, so I didn't write the article. Is it correct?
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Article in “a certain writer's skills” [closed]

Should there be an article in a phrase "a certain writer's skills"? In phrases like this, is an article a part of a noun or a noun modifier ("writer's" in this case)?
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Why does “President of the United States” have a “the” before “U.S”, but “President of Russia” doesn't? [duplicate]

Some other examples: Prime Minister of the United Kingdom President of Russia President of the Russian Federation Emperor of Japan
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Why the article is different for the same noun “stability” in the same sentence?

" Some critics insist that this pattern produces stability but others claim such a stability prevents the flow of ideas." Isn't "stability" an uncountable noun? How come there is a "a" before the ...
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USE OF AN ARTICLE “THE” WITH NOUN [duplicate]

I am a student of functional English. My teacher told me to search a difference between two sentences that have almost same structure except the article "THE". And because of this article the meaning ...
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“It is for people who” vs “it is for the/those people who”

A. Mnemonics are for people who don't know. B. Mnemonics are for the/those people who don't know. Which one is correct? If both, what is the difference in sense/meaning?
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With the article or without

I'm writing an essay about Transport. I wrote "Nowadays there is goob public transport in a lot of countries and cities. There is bus, aircraft, train, taxi..." Is it correct that I wrote "...bus, ...
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Why use “a” for “a feeling of happiness”? [duplicate]

I read several stuff online that says: "a feeling of anxiety" etc." aren't indefinite articles used only for concrete or countable nouns?
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Is it okay to omit “the” before the words “stars” and “sun”?

I'm writing song lyrics and "the" just ruins the melody. I want the lines to be "Sun is shining bright" and "Stars are shining bright". I think I saw songwriters omitting the article such as in Bruce ...
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English definite article THE and its usage

Is a definite article THE needed in front of ordinal numbers in sentences like these: 4th case can be used with or without prepositions. If you are doing something, it’s likely this meaning will ...
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What is the reason that “no” after “there is” cancels articles?

What is the reason that "no" after "there is" cancels articles while "not" doesn't? For example: There is no apple on the table.✅ There is no an apple on the table.❌ versus There is ...
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Which one is right: Prepare 'the project specification' or 'a project specification'? [duplicate]

Recently I've encountered a problem with articles' usage in one specific case. (Articles aren't the strongest part of my English proficiency) Which one should I use? Prepare the project ...
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Usage of “the” with superlative in a relative clause

In the phrase "I'd like to study the work of prof. X, which is nearest to my interests" should the article "the" be omitted in front of "nearest"?
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Use of 'the' in 'to (the) said <noun>'

Is the correct or incorrect (or acceptable either way) in the following constructions (examples taken from COCA)? It hereby is recommended to the said Legislatures to authorize an immediate and ...
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The difference between “selected” and “the selected”

I have a problem with the title of my thesis, I need to include a word "selected" in order to avoid suggesting the generalization potential of my research. Is "the" needed in this context: Ritual ...
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'The Girl and the Wolf' vs. 'A Girl and a Wolf'

The former is the title of a video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXTmdWcfXUw I am wondering why the title is not 'A Girl and a Wolf'. I have not yet watched the video, so I do not know which ...
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About the article “a” instead of the when knowing the noun clearly

For Netflix, securing the Obama programming is a part of the company’s broader search for original content, as the streaming service competes for viewers with HBO, Apple, Amazon and the traditional ...
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Articles in proverbs

Why is "It's THE early bird that catches THE worm and why is "A drowning man will clutch at A straw" I just can's the logic here. Would someone explain me?
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Usage of “the” preceding compound nouns which have not been mentioned previously

Which of the following two sentences is correct? 1) We abstract resource demand of tasks. 2) We abstract the resource demand of tasks. This is the first time the phrase "resource demand" occurs in ...
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The use of the definite article to refer to generic nouns

I was reading John Lawler's dissertation on the use of generic nouns and found the following example sentences. correct : (A) The unicorn is a mythical beast resembling the horse. correct : (B) The ...
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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 ...