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What’s the reason for the zero article after a preposition and countable noun in “a change of X” and in “a switch from X to Y”?

I am a non-native speaker of English and therefore need your help. The question is: why do we use the zero article in the phrases “a change of X” and “a switch from X to Y”? For instance: a change ...
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Articles before ordinal numbers

I am a bit confused about differences in the usage of articles before ordinal numbers. Technically, it would be logical to always use "the" for instances like "the fourth time I did this" or "the ...
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Placing an article before or after an adjective

Why is does the article change positions in the following: such a good person so good a person Haven't been able to answer my student's question on this one, and if you change the adjectives to "...
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Proper usage of an article/determiner in the given sentence

Recently I have read a book in chemistry field, and I have encountered this sentence: This is because typical metal Lewis acids are deactivated by the nitrogen atoms of the product formed that are ...
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“in efforts to” vs “in an effort to”

Is efforts being used properly in this sentence because we are promoting multiple efforts? In efforts to promote our products, we are providing a website and flyers for your use. Or should it be: ...
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Using two articles before and after “and”

For example: I bought a newspaper and a magazine from the cisco. There are two indefinite articles both in front of "newspaper" and "magazine." But I come across some literature the second article ...
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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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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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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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I am confused with usage about 'the' and object complement

Is the sentence as below correct in grammar? And is it clear enough? Please copy & paste keyword, mykeyword, into the search box of Google Play Store app or website to locate this pure app ...
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Usage of a/the articles, when an object is determined by “that…”

In "Cambridge preparation to TOEFL"'93 book I've found the phrase: The old woman made a special tea with __ herb that smelled of oranges. The correct answer is "an". But the woman added the specific ...
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Use of “the” with nationalities that have plural forms

Is the rule 7.8 here widely accepted in English? Rule 7.8: Use the definite article when referring to nationalities that do not have a plural form. If it is, does it sound off when one says "'the ...
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Cockney accent: “a” or “an” before words starting with h? How about “the”?

How do you say "a help" (or the indefinite article followed by another word that starts with a normally non-silent h) with a Cockney accent, which drops word-initial h's? So would you say a elp or an ...
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“At the right time” vs “at a right time”

Tell me please what is the difference between the following sentences. It is totally fine to add suplementary exercises to the main lifts. Just do it at the right time. It is totally fine to ...
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Article 'the' usage in noun + number

Which is the correct one ? How can I get to the gate D32 ? How can I get to gate D32 ?
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Can ‘calorific value’ be used without an article?

While reading the following sentence, I was wondering why the term calorific value doesn't take an article. I have been taught that a singular noun always takes an article unless it is part of an ...
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The Control or Control

I have a debate with a friend about the following sentence. We have only one goal - to give you the control of your finances. My friend argues that "the" in this sentence is wrong, saying it is ...
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An article after 'called'

In my text, many concepts are introduced (defined) by a sentence with 'called'. Examples are: This condition is called eigenvariable condition. This procedure is called the truth table method. A ...
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Using Articles in a Simple List

An abstract noun is something that doesn't physically exist, such as an idea, concept, quality, emotion or event. OR An abstract noun is something that doesn't physically exist, such as an idea, a ...
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The choice of [no article/a] hotel was perfect

Intuitively, it seems that articles are not necessary here. The choice of hotel was perfect. Nonetheless, I can't find a logical way to explain why omitting articles for a countable noun is ...
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can we say "a tropical area?

What is the difference between: a. A tropical area b. Tropical area in the following sentences? Morphological characteristic in a tropical area is available. Morphological characteristic in ...
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Articles with proper names

It's correct to use the definite article before the name of a river, canal, sea and ocean: When my father dies, we will have to wash him, wrap him in rich cloth, cremate him, and then sprinkle ...
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“Here is a list of all (the) modified files.” Should I write “the” or not?

In this sentence: Here is a list of all modified files. Do I write the before modified or not ? I know that plural nouns often lose the article, but I'm not sure with this sentence.
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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 there a means of using indefinite articles with plural nouns?

I encountered the following sentence: In programming, types are a means of classifying values. According to Google, "are a means of" and "is a means of" are used a lot. According to "A Concise ...
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Articles before nouns and “or” conjunction

I am trying to understand the correct use of articles before nouns that are separated by "or". For example. It doesn't matter whether you are a mobile or a frontend developer .... Or it should ...
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achieved through (the) creation of

The reaction results in (the) oxidation of these compounds. These goals can be achieved through (the) creation of large-scale databases. (The) addition of fruit flavor enhances the ...
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The necessity of an indefinite article: The drinking segment is estimated to hold about 44.8% volume share by the end of 2026

I'm not sure if an indefinite article is required in the below sentence: The drinking segment is estimated to hold about a 44% volume share by the end of 2022. The drinking segment is ...
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“Because of (the) unpredictability of the donations…” Is an article needed here?

When do I have to use the article before a noun, and when do I not have to use the article before a noun? Example: The preliminary estimate can not be specified with accuracy because of ...
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Indefinite article with uncountable nouns

I'm writing something and I'm not sure which one is correct: to have a control over to have control over I googled and found many examples written by native speakers who in fact used the article ...
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Is the use of the indefinite article possible in the sentence context?

Is the use of the indefinite article below possible in this context? In the out-of-court settlement, the drug makers virtually admitted that they were responsible for the spread of a fatal ...
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The pronunciation of the definite article by American speakers

I was reading an article the other day and I came across an interesting passage: Notice that the weak form of the is typically [ði] before a vowel-initial word (the apple) but [ðə] before a ...
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Articles with Spatial Prepositions

Are both sentences correct? with and without the indefinite article (a): She lives two minutes' walk from the station She lives a two minutes' walk from the station
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Articles or no articles?

Context is where a writer is describing a trait in a book that has a collection of stories. Why is it okay to say: "..... as he moved from story to story." and not: "..... as he moved from a story to ...
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Usage of preposition 'in' - St Petersburg at night

Which is the correct form of the following caption for a photo: Night beauty in St Petersburg St Petersburg night beauty Or does the right sentence have to be "A night beauty in St ...
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Usage of an article in front of the structure “adjective + non countable noun.”

They blamed the accident on shoddy construction. They blamed the accident on a shoddy construction. - Are both of these two sentences correct? I think the usage of an article could be possible ...
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“Following” or “The following”?

For a leading sentence before a list of items to be presented in a slide deck what is correct? Following items.... or The following items... Use of word "following" is definitively identifying the ...
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Which article with compound nouns (proper noun followed by common noun)

What is the correct article for the compound nouns that have the structure: Proper Noun followed by a Common Noun. For example, The Oxford school An Oxford school