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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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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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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”
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Which article should be used in this example? (structure preposition+ a+ adj.+ noun)

I am studying english and I saw this rule: The book is on the table/ but The book is on a little table The flowers are in the vase / The flowers are in a beautiful vase. The rule says that one can ...
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for (a?) good reason: difference in meaning?

Google search provides us with cca 50 million results for the article version and 28 million for the no-article variant. Is there any actual difference?
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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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“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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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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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 ...