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“Within the month” vs “Within a month” is there a difference?

Just applied for a job and they said "Must be available to start within the month". Does that mean by the end of month? In this case August 30th? Or does it mean 30 days from now, meaning September ...
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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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“in the summer” or “in summer” [closed]

Both are correct forms when we talk about seasons of the year from what I learnt. But is there any difference between "in summer" and "in the summer"?
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Question about using “a” in sentence [closed]

I don’t even know how to accurately ask this question, but I need to know which of the following is correct: Tom Smith is an Arizona native and partner at the Law Offices of Smith & Smith. Or ...
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A/the in two examples

I read a book about articles and can't distinguish the difference between two rules. A can be used to mean "any": A cat (any) is domestic animal. The can be used when we talk about the entire ...
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Which article should be used in documenting arguments to a software function

If I have a function, e.g., function processDirectory(input, relPath, output) {} And I want to document its parameters, shall I use the or an article? For example, input - the path to the source ...
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“A NNN REIT” or “an NNN REIT” [duplicate]

I would think it's "a NNN REIT" in this case, despite the vowel sound, because this would typically be read as "a triple-net REIT" by those with domain knowledge. The person I consulted with said NNN ...
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When to use “the eldest”

Somebody please help me with this question. I know the answer but not sure why we have to use the definite article "the" here. The answer sheet says option "c" is the correct answer. But I am not sure ...
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Why didn't they use an article (“The” or “A”) in this sentence?

Why didn't they use an article ("The" or "A") before "newspaper" in this sentence from Jacqueline Wilson's Happy Holidays? Mum made us put newspaper down first so that we wouldn't get piles. I Think ...
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Two adverbs, and an indefinite article

I found two adverbs, between which indefinite article, in TVTRopes site: Upon reading it, the host concludes that it's actually a really old joke that everyone knows. Is it grammatical to ...
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When do I use a direct or indirect article to denote something?

The concrete example stems from a text that I am co-authoring with a friend whose native language is Czech. Mine is German. It goes like this: This regime is called random phase To me, it feels ...
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gay or a gay / American or an American

One of my American friends told me that 'He is a gay' or 'He is an American' is a rather rude expression. She said that 'He is gay' or 'He is American' is better. She could not explain why but guessed ...
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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 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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when to the 'the' in a sentence! [closed]

after 'share knowledge of the' why does 'context' not have an article after it? As opposed to The first group consists of nouns which refer to shared knowledge of the situation or the context. why ...
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Is it wrong to use “one” and “had attained” in place of “a” and “attained”?

I used to have one credit card, but I dropped it in the designated box after I had attained my objective. Is it wrong to use one and had attained?
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Do idioms pose an exception to normal definite and indefinite article usage?

I found this phrase in my biology textbook (emphasis added): ...in relation to Earth's history, 100,000 years or even a million years is the blink of an eye. The part of the phrase in question is ...
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Should I use “the” in this sentence?

Would you say: I have a good knowledge of Japanese language and culture or I have a good knowledge of the Japanese language and culture Which one sounds better to you?
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The “the” in company names—avoid or embrace? [closed]

I previously asked whether or not "of" should be used in company names. It appears it is a matter of preference. What about "The"? Are you aware of any rules, statistics, or guidelines that address ...
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Can a sentence start with “The highest”

Can a sentence start with "The highest" in an academic paper? It sounds a bit strange. My original sentence is When the specificity values of the devices were evaluated, the highest specificity ...
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Should I use an article for the word 'nature' here? [closed]

I always have trouble when to use articles in sentences. The sentence I am trying to write is 'Taking inspiration from Nature to address problems such as xyz...' Should it be 'the nature' or '...
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When to use “a” and when not?

"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 heard people saying "what is a" and even "what ...
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Definite ariticle before “sunlight” and “air”?

Do you put the definite article "the" before "air" and "sunlight"? I know it mostly depends on context, so I have come up with example sentences. Let's say I want to say these following sentences: ...
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A or an before slash phrase? A or an before parenthetical phrase equivalent to slash phrase? [duplicate]

NOT A DUPLICATE! The other question only asks about parenthetical phrases, not slash phrases. The other question's parenthetical phrase (answer(s) explained that it's not really a parenthetical ...
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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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Omission of definite articles before abstract nouns [closed]

I was going through the Grammarly blog about indefinite articles and its usage and the writer used this to exemplify the omission of articles: Incorrect: The creativity is a valuable quality in ...
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an article question: ___ higher speed (a vs none)

I randomly found these four sentences from the internet: "light travels at higher speed as compared to shadow” "which light has a higher speed, red or blue light?“ “What makes a mechanical clock ...
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Should I use “the” in domain name ant slogan? [closed]

I have a slogan "Learn from the best" for my project and have bought domain name learnfrombest.com. While I'm not a native english speaker, I'm not sure it sounds good enough. I chosen domain name ...
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Preposition and article [duplicate]

Gingrich was deposed as Speaker of the House after the election in 1998. In the above sentence , can we write "deposed as a Speaker"? Or can it be "deposed as Speaker" only? Which one is correct? ...
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Using articles for generalization

I'm learning such difficult part of English grammar as Articles. So far I've already studied that articles are a mess and full of contadictions. Right now I'm learning this topic from several sources ...
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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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Using the definite article with grocery products [duplicate]

If you ask someone working at a store 'Where's milk?' would that be right grammatically or does it have to be 'Where's the milk?' I know in the kitchen you would say 'Where's the milk?' or 'Where's ...
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An invitation or the invitation? [closed]

Is it correct to say an invitation or the invitation? I want to say to my friend thank you for the invitation ( as we both now which invitation I’m about)
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“Bring to a boil” vs. “bring to the boil”

Which is grammatically correct? Are both valid? Is it perhaps regional? Bringing something to a boil. Bringing something to the boil. I've always heard and said it "a boil" until I heard the cooks ...
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the closer… the more [duplicate]

I was watching TV series "Prison Break" and in the first episode I came across this kind of strange to me sentence. HALE: We're all clear on the Burrows execution. KELLERMAN: Good. HALE: ...
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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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I search for newspaper articles to save them on a wiki site. What is the word for this “occupation?”

For example: The site is for mass murder related articles. I occasionally search for the newspaper murder articles to write about them and keep them stored in the site. I had made numerous articles ...
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Is the article “a” required in this sentence?

Sailing is a serious job. Sailing is serious job. I found that job is a countable noun, so it look like "a serious job" is the right answer, but the other phrase doesn't sound wrong either. Thank ...
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Determiner and reference grammatical yet don't match in number [duplicate]

I came across this sentence while checking a student's English journal: "It was unforgettable eight days." What sounds more natural to me would be: "It was an unforgettable eight days." However, "...
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Noun and article

Can we use swim as a noun? There is a mistake in this sentence. The swim you took must have addled your brain more than I have ever thought. Article with swim?
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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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Can you put the article ‘a’ after the verb ‘are’? [duplicate]

So, I just read an article, and was confused by the sentence: In the study we just described, we found evidence that people’s self-discerning reflections — musings on whether parts of their ...
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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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“Act as a decoy” vs. “act as _ decoy”: The Case of the Vanishing Article

A quote from The Economist: This was also the young woman—she was 19 or 20 then—who could turn her aircraft over and dive full-throttle through raking German searchlights, swerving and dancing,...
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“Perfect day” and an article

My friend from the USA posted on her Facebook timeline: "Perfect day for a walk" I was wondering if there is a rule for not using an article at the beginning of the sentence? I thought that you ...
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Should I write “a n-tuple” or “an n-tuple” [duplicate]

While writing a math paper, I have met many places to determine which indefinite articles should I use before a math symbol. Another example is "a/an f-exceptional divisor", here f is a math symbol ...
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Which is right — “all the three” or “all three” in a situation of specific objects?

Let's imagine, I'm speaking about someone's three specific cars, which are over there, there, and there. Now I'm saying that I have installed a new sound system in all of them. Which is right: [....
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A/the or no article? Why? [closed]

In the sentence below, which form is good and why? We met AN / THE / NO ARTICLE American actor Robert De Niro.
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Why can one leave out the article in “Please contact administrator”? [duplicate]

As a native American English speaker, I wrote the following error message for our application: "There was an error. Please contact administrator." A native German speaking colleague asked me why I ...