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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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“In treatment of” versus “in the treatment of”

I am quite unsure in which scenario does the word treatment take the definite article. I see the word has been used both with and without an article in published works. Do we have any particular rule ...
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Is the definite article required in “the more…, the more…”?

Sentence 1: More they earn, more they spend. Sentence 2: The more they earn, the more they spend. Which is/are correct?
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Should I put an article before an adjective and an alternative of items?

I have a sentence which ends like this: ... do something with a translated sentence or document. I'm not sure whether I placed the article correctly. Some people suggest to treat every item of an ...
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get all of the space / get all space / get the whole space?

Which one should be used when talking about say cloud storage, but with a poetic allusion to outer space. The noun space has more than one meaning, some of them are countable and some uncountable ...
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A majority of debt?

From CNN Money - Italy crisis rocks markets. Here's why investors are worried, I read the following near the bottom of the article: A majority of Italy's government debt is owned by Italians, but ...
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Articles in context

I've some issues with articles. Can we use "a" in these sentences below? If yes, would it change the meanings? In December 2016, the conservative commentator Scottie Nell Hughes argued that... ...
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“The underground” or “underground”

Good day! I'm writing an essay about me. I wrote "I read books only when I'm riding on underground". I consider "underground" as the general idea, so I didn't write the article. Is it correct?
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Why the article is different for the same noun “stability” in the same sentence?

" Some critics insist that this pattern produces stability but others claim such a stability prevents the flow of ideas." Isn't "stability" an uncountable noun? How come there is a "a" before the ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...