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Grammar Error (Articles)

I need to know why 'a' is omitted before headache in the below sentence. Although he has undergone a very costly treatment, he has not been cured of a headache. Correct - cured of headache.
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“The X and (the) Y”: When should I repeat the definite article?

I am a bit confused about the rule of setting the definite article in a sentence when it is associated to two nouns. The beginning and end of the channel. The beginning and the end of the ...
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Adjective-Denoted Nationalities without “the”

I came across the following in the Wall Street Journal, as part of the main story (not the headline), ... Swiss voted narrowly against more hunting, by 52% to 48% ... ... Last year, Swiss voted on ...
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Comparing/Contrasting Adjectives with/without “the” and “one”

In terms of American English, I'm considering the following 3 options of comparing/contrasting adjectives. Are all of these okay? The red dress is better than blue. The red dress is better than the ...
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Should Sporadic usage of Definite Article be placed in the middle of cataphoric usage and zero article usage?

I read from A Comprehensive Grammar of English Language (Quirk, 1985) that sporadic usage of definite article "the" indicates about about location but not a specific one, but an ...
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Which is correct: “Who is Greek president” or “Who is the Greek president”?

I saw this in a trivia quiz on Stuff. Who is Greek president? Jose Barroso Karolos Papoulias Lucas Papademos Panagiotis Pikrammenos (sic) Surely the word "the" should be in there ...
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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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Use or omission of articles [duplicate]

In the introduction of my thesis, I have the following statement: "It has been stated [...] from both __ theoretical and __ experimental standpoints.". My advisor is saying that I should put ...
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Articles in description of figures

With a picture of a presentation that contains an arrow pointing from a text, for instance, "probability", is the label in the capture "The probability" or "Probability"?
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What would be the correct article in this sentence? [duplicate]

What would be the correct article to use in the following sentence? He proposed a ML-based parameter selection method Should I use 'a' or 'an' ?
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Does “anathema” need an “an”?

Anathema is a nounRef. And, nouns generally need articles in certain kinds of sentences. Consider: Jane is _______. Then: Jane is a cat. is proper but Jane is cat. (no article) is not proper. ...
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“the title, the introductory clause,” but “a table of contents”

In the following paragraph: It’s standard for a contract to consist of the front of the contract, the body of the contract—what the parties are agreeing to—and the back of the contract. The front ...
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How to refer to a noun that has been introduced using “another”?

For example: "A and B constitute a C. A and B1 constitute another C." If I want to refer to the second C, what article should I use? For some reason, I cannot use "the first C... the ...
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Appointed to a chair vs to the chair

I stumbled upon this line in a book (Singer's Practical Ethics): Less violent protests took place at Princeton University when I was appointed to a chair of bioethics. It struck me as odd as the way ...
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What's the difference between using the/a/(nothing) in this sentence?

What's the difference between using the/a/(nothing) in this sentence? What's the difference between definite and indefinite article? What about not using them at all - would it be still correct? "...
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When to use “tomato” and when to use “toma­toes”? [migrated]

In my sci­en­tific ar­ti­cle manuscript, I used tomato to re­fer to the plant in gen­eral. But af­ter I sent the manuscript to the El­se­vier English Cor­rec­tion Ser­vice, they changed all tomato ...
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article “the” needed in this sentence or not

"I feel very sorry for people who have to live in cities which they absolutely hate because they have no choice." "I feel very sorry for the people who have to live in the cities which they ...
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Last time/The last time

I went to a drug store and said: I took this cream from you guys THE last time. Is 'the' necessary? Is there any difference between 'last time' and 'the last time' Similar problems: THE last time I ...
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Can We Use Articles Before Adjective And Adverb

I want to ask if we can use an article before any adjective or adverb. (https://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar/adverbs-types)
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Do we need the “a” in “Let's create a data set X”? [migrated]

Suppose, there's no data set X yet. Let's create a data set called X. Let's create a data set X. Do we need the "a" before "data set" in the previous sentence?
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Article “a” like “ā” in the everyday life (without emphasis)

Why do some people pronounce an article "a" as "ə-sound", whereas others do it in a way like "ā"? There is an answer to this question here: (Pronunciation of "a"...
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Why are both the zero and definite articles used with these phrases?

How can the same noun take/miss a "the" in the following sentences. (A) The Food and Drug Administration intends to authorize emergency use of the vaccine on Friday. (B) The country is ...
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“put an article on the word” is this sentence awkward?

I'm a Korean student and my high school test went wrong. I wrote "Samsung is a company's name, so we don't put an article on it". the word 'article' refers to the grammar one. I was not ...
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During vs in vs due to differences [closed]

There can be at least 3 possibilities to say about deaths caused by any virus/pandemic, for example covid-19. N number of people lost lives during covid-19 pandemic. N number of people lost lives in ...
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An exact cause of death vs the exact cause of death

1.) It can be difficult to determine an exact cause of death. 2.) It can be difficult to determine the exact cause of death. In respect to an / the exact cause of death: 1.) seems to represent any ...
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Could articles be omitted in descriptions of art?

Compiling brief descriptions of art objects, is it okay to make do mostly without articles? For instance (about an old coin), Eagle under crown; shield featuring Moscow’s coat-of-arms on eagle’s ...
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Article before numbered nouns

Are these sentences correct without articles, please? Is this the same case as in equation (3)? I check (the) key 2016. In was in (the) test 2019.
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The + noun of + noun pattern

I am wondering whether there is a rule concerning "The + noun of (the) + noun". I mean, is there any rule specifying when to use the or a/an and when not? Here are some examples representing ...
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“The network path” and just “Path” or “A path”? [migrated]

This question is about filesystem paths and network paths only (computers) I often see sentences such as The network path was not found or ...if path is not found.. Confusion is regarding The and A ...
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When to use “a” and when not? [closed]

"What is a wine?" or "What is wine?" "What is a convertible?" or "What is convertible?" I don't know if I should be using is with "a" or not. I've ...
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grab a lunch or grab lunch? [duplicate]

So I was writing an essay and want to know which sentence is correct- I'll grab a lunch with Prof. Unknown and discuss his research on wearable computational fabrics. Or I'll grab lunch with Prof. ...
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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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Why do we put an indefinite article “a” before Merry Christmas? [duplicate]

I am wondering why there is an article -a- before Merry Christmas Is it because it's a day or Christmas is countable? I couldn't explain it to my students in a transparent way.
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Have there been any movements/tendencies to remove definite and indefinite articles from English in the recent history of English?

My question is if there were some "movements" that propose to remove definite and indefinite articles completely in the last 100 or 200 years (or even more older). E.g. "a book" will be just "book" ...
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Is it correct to write “the adjacent room” even if there are multiple adjacent rooms?

Recently, I posted a puzzle on Puzzling.SE. The puzzle describes a prison containing thousands of hallways which all run next to each other, like the pipes in a pan flute. In my description of the ...
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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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“Baby” without article [duplicate]

In articles I often read the author refer to a baby as "baby", without an article. Example: She insists there is no modern proof that it is safe for baby Our midwife does the same, always ...
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Definite article required or not?

I am having difficulty deciding whether the definite article is required in the following sentence. An indicator of a strong character is (the) person’s ability to compliment the achievements of ...
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Definite article use: The generalisability of our results

This sentence is summing up an article's strengths. Should I use definite article in the beginning of the sentence or not? The generalisability of our results is increased by a complete analysis of ...
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regarding the use of “them”

"What they refer to as the habit of dreaming by the Aborigines, is not what the Aborigines themselves believe them to be." "Them" is referring to dreams. Is the use of 'them' in ...
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Question related to articles when using with main, major, and key [closed]

When I see the phrase 'The main advantage of something', I know the speakers imply that there is only one advantage. However, in the two following phrases 'a key advantage of something', and 'a major ...
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Is “an historical” correct? [duplicate]

Why do some people say or write an historical but not an ham sandwich or an hint?
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'a' and 'the' confusion [duplicate]

I am not native English speaker. I get frustrated when it come to articles. Can you please tell me whether the sentence below is grammatically correct. She spent all the night in rereading a letter ...
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Are there any simple rules for choosing the definite vs. indefinite (vs. none) article?

I can’t for the life of me figure out where to use a and where to use the — and where there is no article at all. Is there a simple rule of thumb to memorize? The standard rule you always hear: “...
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How can you explain this articles rule?

In an English test book I found the exercise That is a book. The book is thick. That book isn't thin. This is an interesting thick book. Another one example This is a compuer. The computer isn't ...
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Why should I use articles here?

I'm not quite sure about the future. However, I'm confident that technology will be everywhere and It will make our lives easier. But In other hand, THE development of technology will led to bigger ...
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Article when there is an adjective before a noun [duplicate]

When to use a or an before a noun when there are adjectives before that noun? like the following example: An operator pressed the button. should that make: A professional operator pressed the ...
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The Usage of Generic Article “a” Plus Singular Noun

I would like to ask the following question about seemingly generic article "a" plus singular noun as I could not find posts that sufficiently covered this topic. I read short passages about ...
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articles: health and fine dust

Two questions regarding articles in this sentence: (The) Fine dust is considered the worst pollutant threatening (the) health. Is it grammatical to not put any articles in front of "health" ...
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Birth of a universe vs birth of an universe [duplicate]

Which is the correct usage from the following two sentences? Birth of a universe Birth of an universe

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