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

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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 ...
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Is usage of word “some” has the same meaning as indefinite article?

Is that true that the indefinite article can be always replaced with word "some" and it will be nearly always the same meaning? Examples: I have bought a house = I have bought some house I ...
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indefinite article usage: “a thing of something can be found here” vs. “the thing of something can be found here”

I had an argument with my colleague about the usage of the indefinite article in this sentence: this system uses OAuth 2 as an authentication scheme, a documentation of the authentication service ...
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with “the” or without “the”

As a non-native speaker, I am so confused about the usage of "the". I recently submitted an academic journal paper, and one reviewer is particularly critical about the usage of "the". Here is an ...
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Should “the” be capitalized when talking about proper nouns? [duplicate]

I am writing a story, and I was wondering how "the" in this sentence would be capitalized. Would it be: "She wanted to take over the Tangled Woods," or "She wanted to take over The Tangled Woods"? ...
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All of you who like [closed]

I want to say "I hope all of you who like winter is happier now" Is it correct?
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Articles- Please remove card

Omission of articles is often, in my opinion, quite confusing, as they are often omitted in cases I'd find them needed. I know that some of it might just be for simplicity sake- teachers can't always ...
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When should the article “the” be omitted for common places? [duplicate]

If we say "I'm at the office" and not "I'm at office" then why do we say "He is at university" and not "He is at the university"? I've read about this rule from this link. Does it change the meaning ...
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Omitting the definite article: “outlaw the deprivation of liberty” vs “outlaw deprivation of liberty”

As a non-native speaker, I'm often unsure whether I should put the before certain words. I'm currently writing an academic paper and I have this problem with the phrase "deprivation of liberty", which ...
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Usage of a and an before the letter o [duplicate]

Why do we use an before old lady and a before a one eyed giant?
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Use singular or plural in lists of compound nouns like “the English and French teacher(s)”?

I have been wondering about whether to use singular or plural in lists of compound nouns where the second part of the compound noun is not repeated as in “the English and the French teacher” rather ...
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What are mistakes in this sentence ? “We visited nothern areas of our country last summer.”

The above sentence I encountered during Article usage practice.I answered that there should be a the before last summer but my teacher pointed that the should be placed before norther areas.The ...
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Is article “an” absolutely necessary before word “understanding”? [closed]

The sentence I am proofreading is "Good communication reduces the insecurity of employees and creates understanding of the measures taken." Should the article "an" be placed before "...
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The use of article before 'leader', 'director'

"He was a brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the eldest son of former leader Kim Jong Il." "James Chin is director of the Asia Institute." I wonder why there are no articles before '...
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Preposition At + Place and/or At + The + Place

I know that I can use this structure: I AM + AT + THE + NAME OF THE PLACE + TYPE OF PLACE For instance, I can say: I'm at the Empire State Building I'm at the Hilton Hotel ...
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Which one is correct: “the name of the X” and “the X name” or “the X's name”?

I'd like to know if writing the name of the variable is necessary. Could we just write the variable name (if not variable's name) instead? Examples: To reuse data, reuse the name of the variable ...
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When do we not use definite article, “the”? [duplicate]

I have a question. Could you please explain why “the” is not used in the parts that I have indicated in bold? Why is "the" missing? Little is known about the lives of early human beings. What we do ...
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Countable silence in the Origin (Dan Brown) [duplicate]

I saw the next sentence in the 'Origin' by Dan Brown, is it grammatically correct to use the article "a"? There was a grave silence.
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How does one decide when to use an article with a predicate nominative?

For example, when used as a predicate nominative, anathema doesn't require an article: That belief is anathema. However other words do require an article: He became a knight. I wonder if it has ...
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A case of usage of articles

I do exercises on articles and came across two expressions that are correct according to keys: She has really good taste in books He has a great sense of humor Both "taste" and "sense" are nouns. ...
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Boy and girl meet (Why no article?)

This article 'My Partner Is Ready To Get Married And I'm Not—What Do I Do?' starts with this: If you’ve ever watched a romantic comedy, you know the drill. Boy and girl meet, fall in love, and all ...
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Use of the article “the” when referring to an organization or entity

Is there a preferred use of "the" in American English when referring to an organization or entity? For example, on an episode of the "1A" on NPR, guests of the show referred to the U.S. Food & ...
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How to ask about notion meaning in plural from? [closed]

If I want to ask about some notion mentioning it in plural? Should I use "is" or "are"? What is coroutines? or What are coroutines? or better avoid such a forms and be strightforward What is ...
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Difference between “a” and “the”? [duplicate]

I have a question regarding the usage of articles. What is the difference between "a" and "the"? Why do I need to use "a" in "that was a winter I"ll never forget."? Can I use "the" instead? Also, ...
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Relative clause: ‘A’ or ‘the’

This is the story of a man whose wife suddenly loses her money. This is the story of the man whose wife suddenly loses her money. Do both sound natural? My teacher from Vietnam said that we have ...
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Specify a maximum and a minimum value [a question on coordination]

Let's say we are asking the user to specify a maximum and a minimum. What is the correct (and the most natural) way to coordinate the phrase? Specify a maximum and a minimum value Specify a maximum ...
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“a” vs. “an” when the next word has multiple pronunciations

In this sentence: The teller would refuse (a/an) 1149 penny payment. "1149" could be pronounced "one thousand one hundred forty nine", or it could be pronounced "eleven hundred forty nine". One ...
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Which is grammatically correct? He was mayor (or) a mayor from 2010 to 2014 [duplicate]

I have encountered the following sentence in Macmillan Dictionary. He was mayor from 2010 to 2014, if my memory serves me correctly. But other grammar books say that we should omit the article "a/...
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Using “the” with names of buildings

How can I guess either is necessary or not to prefix the names of buildings with the article the? For example: Rabati Castle is a medieval castle complex in Georgia. It was built in the 9th ...
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Definite versus indefinite article in a specific sentence

Shall I use the definite, or just indefinite article: an action plan vs the action plan, in the following phrase: Based on the results of work, an action plan shall be developed and submitted to ...
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Why is “I play a video game every day?” awkward English, yet “I take a bath every day?” is standard

I stumbled across this conundrum recently, and I can't particularly explain the difference. My guess is that a bath is a one-time event whereas there are many video games that can be possibly played....
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what is the meaning of “late movie” in this conversation [closed]

The following is a snippet from a conversation I came across in an English student book (Touchstone 2nd edition 1 - unit 5 part B) Eric) ... sometimes I think you watch too much TV. Mandy) I ...
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Is article and auxiliary verb omission in modern English an emerging phenomenon? [duplicate]

I am obviously not talking about newspaper headlines etc. in this question. I tried looking it up online but wasn't able to find much. In many instances of spoken English (and, probably, making its ...
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Why do you say someone has “a cold” but “the flu”? [duplicate]

Why does the article change for different diseases?
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Shall I get us a Chinese for dinner tonight? [duplicate]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? Shall I get us a Chinese for dinner tonight? I saw this in a book and it looks a bit strange to me. Should there be an article before the word Chinese? ...
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Use of articles - I passed with a/the percentage of 80?

If I want to write I got 80 percent, which of these two is the correct way to do so? I passed with a percentage of 80. I passed with the percentage of 80.
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Article Question: Captain

Do is that able for me to put "a" between "as" and "captain" in the quoted sentence below? The soccer star stepped down from his role as captain for Brazil's national team after securing their first ...
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off-season: when do we need an article?

I was reading a passage on this website, and I encountered difficulties understanding English's article system. Q1: Why is there no article put before (1), presumably "the"? Q2: Does it sound funny ...
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The correct articles in “me, a …” or “me, the …”

What is the correct article (a, the or maybe none) to use in the sentences and titles below: First sentence: This article is about me, a programmer. This article is about me, the programmer. A ...
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Usage of indefinite article: “thanks for showing an interest in me” or “thanks for showing interest in me” [duplicate]

Though I am not sure, I believe the noun "interest" is uncountable, hence using an indefinite article before that must be incorrect, yet it sounds so weird without it. Which one is correct? My limited ...
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Why should an article be placed before “business lunch or dinner?” [duplicate]

I was telling someone earlier that her sentence, "I will attend business dinner." needs to have an article before "business" so it should be "I will attend a business dinner." She got upset and told ...
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Can “the” be omitted here?

In academic writing is it correct to say Access to services depends on individual circumstances, such as age, nature of the problem and urgency of required care or Access to services depends ...
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The use of articles [duplicate]

Is the article 'the' required in this sentence, please and why? This period saw the movement from institutionalisation to community care or This period saw movement from institutionalisation to ...
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What is correct, “press the Start button” or “press start button”?

If we take the letter case into account there are 4 variants: press the Start button press the start button press Start button press start button I have seen all of the above on the Internet, so I ...
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Countable singular noun without any article?

Here and there I come across singular countable nouns with no article accompanying them. Why? Is there any rule for that? An example is the word "belief" in the following sentence: Goldman says, “S ...
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Definite article before proper nouns? [closed]

I have my page and my mobile number is shown there. Which one is correct ? You can contact me through the Viber or WhatsApp. or You can contact me through Viber or WhatsApp. Thanks ...
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“ a” vs “the” in this sentence

After many mistakes I made, I think I will never get confused with "a" and " the". But sometimes, sentences written by native-speaker really baffle me. Here is the sentence taken from theguardian.com ...
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Usage of an article when one adjective modifies two nouns

I want to say 'a specific method' and 'a specific parameter'. I actually want to express I use a general method that can be determined by the operator instead of a specific annealing algorithm, ...
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Is it really grammatically incorrect to say: “I use the computer to study chinese”? [closed]

Using Duolingo, it marked my answer as wrong. Says it should be “I use a computer to study chinese” saying “the computer” is wrong and should be “a computer”