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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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Broken down by year [article]

With nouns like age or gender, the phrase "Distribution disaggregated by age/gender" sounds fine (at least to me). As for the noun "year", which is countable, "disaggregated by year" makes me doubt ...
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Some Kind of + article/zero article

I would like to know if there is a rule regarding this phrase: Some kind of... On one hand we have an article (a but we can also have an): Some Kind of a Nut Some kind of a drug Some kind of a ...
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“The” before proper nouns in technical writing

Should I use "the" before proper nouns? I would like to skip it, will it be grammatically correct? Example: MicroApp receives the SL Recovery Key, the LF Service Key, and the Auth Key to control ...
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Omission of definite article before common nouns in pairs

I am well aware that the usage of, or the omission of, the definite article "the" has been a frequently asked question, here and elsewhere. I have read up on existing questions on this matter. (But I ...
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“be any good” meaning + articles omission in case of 3 nouns conected with “and”

I have some questions regarding this fragment of Philip Roth's American Pastoral: "The Swede started as end in football, center in basketball, and first baseman in baseball. Only the basketball team ...
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Articles in the (epsilon-delta)-definition and mathematic proof

When I prove a theorem, I often write in such a way: There exists an x ∈ X such that... But once I was told that the "an" in the above sentence should be removed when my paper was reviewed by a ...
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“there” is an adverb of place in these cases, right? [closed]

There is the man. We know which man we are talking about. That one, over there. We are pointing at him, showing his location. So there is an adverb of place. If you say: There is a man. This would ...
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television with a definite article or without one

The sentence below comes from Word Smart II: How to Build a More Educated Vocabulary. The theory that tiny little men move the pictures around inside the television is interesting but implausible;...
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“an NLP” or “a NLP”; which one is correct in written English? [duplicate]

Which one is the correct form in written English? I am leaning towards "an NLP", since "N" starts with "e" but not sure.
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Does declaring type of something make the word specific?

Having Checked this question out, I want to know something beyond. I have the following sentence: Nowadays, most of the IT companies adopt agile methodologies for their software development ...
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articles before nicknames [closed]

Why in some cases there is "the" before nicknames and in some there is no?I also have a question if it's appropriate to use an article "a" before nicknames.For instance: Erwin "The Desert Fox" Rommel ...
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Are null and zero articles present in every language, conceptually, or only in English? [closed]

I have been studying Peter Master's 2003 paper regarding null and zero articles and I am still not clear if he is saying that this is a peculiarity of English or if he is saying that this is a ...
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Using 'empire' without article

I have run into books or other works of art that make reference to 'empire' as a concept without using an article. For example: Narratives of Empire The Course of Empire (cf. Wikipedia articles of ...
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to find answers in (the?) literature [closed]

What is the different meanings of these two phrases? to find answers in literature to find answers in the literature Is one just better/more correct than the other or are they meaning two ...
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Why does this title sound wrong?

I was asked to review a book, titled "The Phenomena in [kind of physics]". I responded that the leading "The" should be removed from the title. However, when the author, a non-native speaker, asked me ...
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Which is correct? “I like Ford Explorers” vs. “I like Ford Explorer” vs. “I like the Ford Explorer”

Suppose you are talking about cars, and are asked what car manufacturer's vehicle you like, which sentence is correct or sounds more natural? I like Ford Explorers, because they are well-equipped. ...
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Didn't notify police/ didn't notify the police, which is right? [closed]

I used to think that when people didn't use 'the' it was because English wasn't their first language but I know for a fact that the person who said this one is. Is there a rule for that? People ...
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Using “The” in an example - usage rules

This was written in a recent political debate on social media - I took the meaning, but several others did not understand the meaning. "If the NFL Owner asks his employees to stand, that's it" The ...
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water with a definite article or without one

The sentence below comes from Word Smart II: How to Build a More Educated Vocabulary. Fathoming, at sea, is measuring the depth of the water, usually by dropping a weighted line over the side of a ...
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Singular article usage [duplicate]

I am baffled by a sentence that I came across in a book recently. "Americans are a very practical people". Why do we need the article "a" here?
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A question on the usage of the definite article “THE” [duplicate]

A question on the usage of the definite article "THE" The sentence below comes from Word Smart II: How to Build a More Educated Vocabulary. Federal law requires manufacturers to demonstrate both ...
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confusing subject-verb agreement [closed]

Good day, Which of these two is correct? What I hate most is how the cannons look Or What I hate most is how the cannons looks. Given the article above, this question seems ...
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Using the definite article with the phrase “in a past life”

It seems like you can use only the indefinite article with this phrase, but I don't get it. You can say: "in a past life", but not "in the past life" though you can say "in the past year". What's the ...
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AmE Equivalent for “people usually go to a cinema after going to a restaurant”

I would like to write the equivalent of "people usually go to a cinema after going to a restaurant and they usually choose the closest cinema to the restaurant" in American English. I think the ...
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Number agreement for negation and “or”

Which is correct/preferred: There is no such thing as a base -1 or base 0 number representation. There are no such things as base -1 or base 0 number representations. There is no such ...
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Is “get in game” a correct way of asking someone to get online in a video game?

In particular, is it OK to use no article (to avoid confusion with the idiom "get in the game")? Are there any better ways to tell someone to log into the game without saying "log in"? Example: "get ...
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What does M15 mean? [closed]

Does anyone know what M15 means in the following context? "And we are again at war albeit with an unseen enemy whose poisonous tentacles have the potential to reach into every corner of our world. At ...
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Possessive s of an indefinite noun

I hope I got the title right, let me describe my problem: I have a sentence like this: "The data supplied by a Myo's sensors [...]" (The Myo is an armband, which can record EMG data to put it simple) ...
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“As” between “sth being considered” and an adjective

It seems natural to me that something could be "considered as a [noun]" or "considered [adjective]", but trying to find some examples I found ones both confirming my assumptions as well as a few that ...
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Clarify doubt on article usage [closed]

'A high-quality dentistry' or 'high-quality dentistry'. Kindly clarify as soon as possible.
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The owner or owner, the shareholders or shareholders

I just made a sentence like the following : One of the basic principles of Capitalism : Some people (the workers) must produce more than what they get so some other people (the owner and the ...
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Are “thank you for additional details” and “thank you for the additional details” phrases both correct?

My questions are the following. Should we use the definite article here? Are both variants correct? Can you please provide the corresponding grammar article where such information can be found? I ...
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When asking someone his nationality, do I include an indefinite article?

For example, do I say: Are you a Russian? Are you an American? – or should I say: Are you Russian? Are you American?
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Singulars with no article?

Sometimes we seem to need to use nouns with no regard of whether they are definite or indefinite. One instance is when we want to define things. Consider the following example: On the one hand, ...
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The definite article with names of people and their professions

It is known that generally the definite article is not used with names of people. However, when the names are preceded by names of occupations then, as some sources say there must be used "the". For ...
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“We will perform his work that has been called a symphony.”

Is it clear that a single composition is meant, or should it be rephrased? "We will perform a work by him that has been called a symphony" - sounds a bit odd maybe?
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in a + modifier

So I am a native English speaker but this is frustrating me to no end because I cannot find the exact rule. What is correct? Do you have this in a size 7? or Do you have this in size 7? If I were ...
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On the usage of “the” article with acronyms and initialisms

I've read Using the definite article with acronyms and initialisms and Is it appropriate to use "the" before an abbreviation? I know that 1. The article is often used with initials that are ...
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Is the sentence “Long weekend is coming…” correct? [closed]

Can i write "Long weekend is coming..." or it is mandatory to use an article like "a" or "the"?
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“the way” vs “way” the United States started?

According to the record: Trump : We are eliminating job-killing regulations, reversing government overreach, and returning power back to everyday Americans, the way the country started. (...
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Is there a name for the practice of dropping articles in legal writing?

I see this a lot in legal writing. "The defendant will be required to pay $1000 in restitution." vs. "Defendant will be required to pay $1000 in restitution." Or, Upon arrival, police ...
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We are physicists and we are arguing over the use of “a” and “an” [duplicate]

Here is the situation. I am in an office full of physicists and one physicist is writing his PhD Thesis. Fundamentally, he wants to know whether he should type "an SV" or "a SV" into the computer. SV ...
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When should “the” be used in titles of characters/organizations? [closed]

For instance, the Jesuit order is formally "Society of Jesus", whilst "the Society of Jesus" is usually used in a sentence, where "the" is added. I want to create a fantasy character called Duke ...
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Usage of article

'Places near the equator have warm weather even in the cold season.' Why is the article 'a' incorrect before 'warm weather'?
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“In previous work” vs “In a previous work”

I used to write: "In a previous work [1], we have shown..." However, a reviewer suggested the sentence with out 'a' Should not it be with 'a', as the previous work is defined and cited in the ...
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The or A in a photo caption

I have a book about plants. In one section I am describing a certain species X. In this section, after general description of the plant, I put a photo showing its flower. Now, in the photo caption, ...
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usage of “the” with non restrictive appositive

Why are "the" sometimes used with non restrictive appositive. For example: Kate, the well-known actress, has gone to Italy. "The well-known actress" is additional information, so I supposse It ...
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usage of the definite article

What is the reason of using "the" in the following sentence? For example: "It is from a report of the giant software company Microsoft." I know that articles are not used with names of ...
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Should we place articles before those words which don't have plural forms

I've had an argue with my colleague about whether the following sentence contains any article-related issues or not: If a contour's area is larger than 30 then that contour is alive. It is dead ...
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Usage of “the” before a noun that is followed by a restrictive pronoun

I wonder if that is correct to leave "the" out if the noun that is followed by it precedes a restrictive clause, such as: and government-affiliated kindergartens in cities that were selected by ...