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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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I translated a piece of an article about “Social Science Methodology”, does this sound natural?

Someone asked me to translate a piece of an article. I know English, but I wanted the translation to be perfect, so I'd like you to read it and tell me if something sounds weird or unnatural. It is ...
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A/the girl in question

Is it somehow possible to use an indefinite article before a word which is adjacent to 'in question'? For example, does 'A little car in question now stood outside the front door' make sense? Doesn'...
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When articles are not used [migrated]

Why don't the below sentences have articles: He is of Asian origin. They belonged to Africa. What are they not: He is of an Asian origin. They belonged to the Africa. I came ...
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Why do we use “the” followed by “user” in “a window prompts the user to make…”? [duplicate]

I've found this piece of text in the Android Developers Documentation: A dialog is a small window that prompts the user to make a decision or enter additional information. A dialog does not fill ...
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Usage of definite article before the word “deductions”? [migrated]

I have a question regarding the definite article. Do we use "the" before deductions? The sentence goes like this: You can view the deductions in your scorecard for the current month. Let me know if ...
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Should I use a/an or not in these sentences [migrated]

‎Should I use "an" or "a" or nothing in the following? It's a product with (an) international quality You shouldn't buy (an) oil with any of the following People view (an) oil being ...
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tribute to … (the/zero article)

I was given a guitar-shaped wooden craft for my birthday, it says 'tribute to the Rock'n'Roll'. Is it correct to say it like this? tribute to the Rock'n'Roll tribute to the Rock'n'Roll music tribute ...
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“…[b]etween rich and poor” and “…[b]etween the rich and the poor”

My colleague and I were discussing a student's paper. We agreed that according to our experiences and knowledge of English, the following sentence is grammatically correct: "The difference ...
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I have trouble with article [closed]

I have just done an English exercise and it's about error correction: "You will remove one word which is unnecessary in each example." Here is the sentence which I meet the unnecessary word: ...
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Why do some illness names have “the” preceding them? [duplicate]

The flu, the measles, the mumps, and the plague, for example, are usually preceded by "the". Is there a reason for this? Most other illness names don't seem to have an article as a prefix like this.
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“The” as a subject?

Could I use a word the as a subject, omitting the actual one? Just like this: The man has bought a hat; the [hat] fits him. It's a Russian joke, by the way.
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Indefinite article [duplicate]

If the rule about the indefinite article is: 'a' is used before nouns starting with a consonant. Why is 'an' used in the following sentence: I want to work in an outstanding company.
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Shall I compare “thee” to “thuh”? [duplicate]

This may sound silly, but I keep hearing people saying "thuh" instead of "thee" for "the" in front of adjectives or nouns starting with a vowel or a diphthong. Like, "thuh' old people, "thuh" other ...
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Use of articles in lists

I'd like to know if I can omit the definite article when I'm giving some sort of a list, like in this example: The company's reputation increases in the following cases: Interest on the ...
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Can I omit “the” in the sentence “Search restaurant to read the menu”?

I am developing a user interface with a search field and unfortunately I am not a native English speaker. This is the placeholder / help text for that field: Search restaurant to read the menu ...
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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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“played a main role” [closed]

Why is it "played a main role", not "played the main role" in the example statements below? Before the invention of transistors vacuum tubes played a main role in electronics. He played a main role ...
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Why no article? [migrated]

I'm a university student of English and we are studying "Articles" in our grammar module. Our teacher gave us this sentence, "You have egg on your tie." And asked us why we haven't used an article. ...
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'by the end of' or 'by end of'

Is there any difference between 'by the end of November' and 'by end of November'? I have looked 'end' up in the BBI Combinatory Dictionary of English, but it gives only 'by the end of the year" ...
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“You're missing the posts only available to members” — should there be a “the” in there?

Consider this sentence: You're missing posts only available to members. I think it should actually be You're missing the posts available only to members or at least You're missing the ...
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Missing “the” - on the official page without any reason

From the official Autodesk page: Create or open a document with the styles you want to copy to the style library. From the official For Dummies page: Create a new document or open a document ...
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Should it be 'an' or 'a' in front of an abbreviation? [duplicate]

I am using abbreviations for well-known phrases: e.g., "Nash equilibrium" becomes NE and "neural networks" becomes NN. Should I use "an NN" or "a NN"? Does it matter whether a reader "unfolds" the ...
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“The” for the first time only

A quote from LibreOffice user manual: Turning on hyphenation for the Default Style paragraph style affects all other paragraph styles that are based on Default Style. You can individually change ...
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Why use “the” for oceans/seas/rivers etc. but not lakes?

Possibly two questions in here: Are these sentence constructions logical, and if they are, why are they different? I swam across the Ocmulgee River. I swam across the Pacific Ocean. I swam ...
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The article THE - two different specifications? [closed]

I like the streets of London! Here are my questions. 1) Does it mean that I like ALL streets of London or only some of them or it can mean either ALL or SOME? 2) Is it correct to leave "the" out? - ...
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Usage of a definite article with a proper name + defining characteristic [closed]

Suppose in a book there is a character named Alex, and he has a beard. There are no other Alexes mentioned. Which variant is correct? 1. "Hello," said bearded Alex. or 2. "Hello," said the bearded ...
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playing A guitar - is wrong, but why? how does it sound to an Eng.speaker?

I've done my small research on StackExchange and (I think) I realised a subtle difference between: playing THE guitar (usually means playing for yourself, on leisure) and playing guitar (usually ...
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'The' combination vs. 'a' combination

Our current house color is the combination of beige and gray, but I'd like to pick a different one. Our current house color is a combination of beige and gray, but I'd like to pick a different one. ...
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Does the word “collection” need an article in this sentence?

Original sentence: "Science is largely based on testing disprovable hypotheses through collection of quantitative data". I was told by a professor that "collection" would need to be preceded by "the"....
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Use of an Article for Performance

The word performance in the broadest sense is a countable noun and hence would require an article. However, what happens in a different context when performance is not countable. Which of these two ...
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About cases you don't use the article “the” and “a” | Would anybody be able to tell me why there is no article in this case? [duplicate]

I read an article of the link below: https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/hong-kong-protester-shot-1.5303783 My question is why the subject "Hong Kong protester" in the title has no article "a" and ...
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Omitting an implied article, or avoiding repetition [duplicate]

If I say "The boy and girl are..." I think it's as correct as "The boy and the girl", as some natives told me that. Do you confirm? But what is the rule in English for non repeating the article? ...
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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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Thanks for (the?) jokes - is it definite enough for using definite article?

Context is the birthday congratulation note and it contains phrase "thanks for funny jokes and interesting lessons". Should we put "the" before the "jokes"? Similarly, should we say "thanks for (the)...
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Should I use “the” in this case and why?

"Download (the) React repository". I think "the" shouldn't be used in this case, because we already have the name of the repository. But: "Open React. Download the repository." - download the ...
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'Have licence' vs. 'Have /a/ licence'

I wrote in an essay: 'We now have licence to move beyond [an idea].' Grammarly flagged this up, saying that I should add an article before 'licence'. Is this true, or is 'licence' interchangeable with ...
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The definite article before nouns mentioned for the first time

I've been taught that when one mentions an object for the first time and it's countable, one should use a/an before it. I know that there are exceptions, when you speak of a renoun object which ...
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Is determiner 'a' needed in “one would call such a value a constant”?

I read the following in a computer programming book: In other languages, one would call such a value a constant. However, the following appears grammatical: In other languages, one would call ...
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When can I omit articles when writing instructions? [closed]

I am a native speaker. Say I am writing a set of instructions for making a cup of tea, I would normally write it as: Add water to kettle and boil. Place tea in pot and pour hot water over top. ...
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Why don't we use “the” in this sentence structure? (sometimes)

How come in English, we have this structure that omits "the". The school is in need of funding. He is in search of adventure. Subject + is in + X + of + Y But then, also have "the" ...
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Is there a difference between “I am male” and “I am a male”?

Both versions seem grammatically correct to me, since the word "male" can be either a noun or an adjective, so it can be used with and without an article. But I wonder, is there any difference in ...
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“It is true statement” vs. “It is a true statement”

When there is a statement written, and we want to comment on it, which of the following is correct, and why? It is true statement. or It is a true statement.
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Why don't you say “the” in this sentence? [duplicate]

I asked a friend of mine who lives in France, who isn't so good at speaking the English language, if she has a favorite animal and she answered with: Yes I like the cats. I told her that you don't ...
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“An accuracy”, “the accuracy”, “accuracies”, or just “accuracy”

I have been having difficulting using the word "accuracy" and I am not sure how to add an article before "accuracy". The sentence I am trying to write is "To guarantee accuracy, we ...". I looked up ...
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Difference between “society” and “the society”

I am not very clear on the difference between "society" and "the society". As far as I know, "society" (without "the") refers to a society that is more general. But I don't have a clear distinction ...
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Use of “The better”?

Disclamer: English isn't my first language. I learned during my English courses (a few years ago), that there is, as in French (which is my first language), a comparative and superlative version for ...
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Collins Dictionary error: “a new design”?

I am looking up the Collins Dictionary today for the word "design". https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us/dictionary/english/design In meaning 4, I see this: uncountable noun The design of ...
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Why articles being ommited sometime? [closed]

Sometime before nouns there's no definite or indefinite articles like in this sentence (before representatives and congressional districts): The House of Representative is composed of ...
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Indefinite article confusion preceding “one-to-one” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use “a” vs “an”? While I was reading a book, I faced the following sentence: There is a one-to-one correspondence between the two sets ...