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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...