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Articles with general concepts

I have the following sentence in the beginning of a chapter: This chapter lays down the fundamentals of distributed processing. It provides the basics for data processing... I would like to ask ...
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How did the definite / indefinite articles develop? [closed]

Russian, I believe, has no definite or indefinite article. How did it develop in Latin languages, particularly English? Would English be much poorer without it?
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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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“He feared a U.S. invasion” vs. “He feared U.S. invasion”

It it accurate to say this? He feared a U.S. invasion. Or should I say, He feared U.S. invasion. I'm trying to figure out when to place "a" in front of the U.S. when U.S. comes with a noun ...
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Zero vs. definite articles in “filial piety of son to father”

Patriotism that glues together a state is a natural extension of filial piety of a son to his father. I want to mean the general piety a son feels for his father. Can I say directly "filial piety of ...
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“Green Park” or “The Green Park”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why there is “the” before some names but not others When do you use definite article with names of places? I have gathered from the Wikipedia article that it is ...
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The definite article usage with objects that have names

For example, I have a database and several tables in it. One of the tables is named Clients for this example. When I speak about a table and need to mention its name do I have to use the definite ...
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Is it necessary to add “a” before the noun in this sentence?

Consider the sentence fragment: ...as Business Development Representative, I would... If Business Development Representative describes a role occupied by a single person (for example, "as ...
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Why we say Happy New Year without an article “a”, but we say “I wish you a Happy New Year” using the article? [duplicate]

I was wondering if there is any rule in English that forbids us to say A Happy New Year when we wish someone Happy New Year? I know that we just say it like that, but I was trying to find the rule ...
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Definite article in front of proper nouns

I don't understand the logic behind using / not using definite article in front of proper nouns. Examples from the LibreOffice user manual: Any styles that are not based on Default Style are ...
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'In the event of fire' or 'in the event of a fire'?

In the event of fire,... In the event of a fire,... I see both variants ondifferent Web pages and I cannot understand which is correct. Could you please explain it to me.
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Issues with articles

Do I need an article in these sentences (marked in bold)? And in the message, I asked for her e-mail address and suggested the time and place. A list of items required at the interview (such ...
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Is it “comedy” or “a comedy”?

For example in this sentence, do we need an article before comedy? Improv is essentially [a] comedy.
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“Holmby hall” or “The Holmby Hall”, does the hall have to be capital in either of them? [duplicate]

Holmby Hall is a landmark site in Los Angeles. The Wikipedia page doesn't use "the" before Holmby Hall, but has used the before The Fox Theatre.
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Pronunciation of “the”: thee versus thuh [duplicate]

We were taught in school that when followed by a noun starting with a vowel sound, "the" is pronounced "thee". In other cases, it's pronounced "thuh" (aside from the emphatic "the"). I have noticed ...
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“I saw Sue in town yesterday, but she didn't see me.” Why is there no article before “town”?

From a Raymond Murphy book on English grammar, I saw the following sentence: I saw Sue in town yesterday, but she didn't see me. Why is there no article before "town"? Is the following incorrect? ...
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When do we use the article “a” before “people”?

I read a sentence in a chapter named "The Last Lesson" which was: That, we must guard it among us and never forget it, because when a people are enslaved, as long as they hold fast to their language, ...
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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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“I'm Spanish” or “I'm a Spanish”?

Which one is correct? I am quite sure about "I'm Spanish", but is it wrong if I add an "a" before "Spanish"?
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The use of article when an element is defined before

Assuming that a function f is defined, which one of the following statements is correct with respect to the use of article for "call"? I know that i is already introduced, but how about the call? For ...
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“Against traffic” or “Against the traffic”

The following first sentence comes from Wikipedia, which 'the' is not used before 'traffic', while the second one comes from BBC, which has 'the' before 'traffic'. I wonder if both usages are correct ...
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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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Which article is used between a “name” and a “tagline” [closed]

Suppose, I am selling a new product named as: "Innob" and there is a tagline followed by it: "___, new breath in (the) town". Which article shall I use between the name and the tagline ("the" vs "a/...
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Should I use 'a' or 'an' when the following word is within parentheses? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “a/an” preceding a parenthetical statement I'm asking a question on Stack Overflow now, and I'm unsure about this: I have an (Ruby on Rails site's) API which ...
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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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Definite Article in front of the word 'better' [duplicate]

Is it wrong to have 'the' in front of the word 'better'? Can someone help me sort this confusion out? Case in point: "Ella is the better of the two sisters" vs "Ella is the best of the two sisters". ...
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“the better” vs “the best” of two players

I used the book "Grammar and Style" and one example confused me: He was the better/ best of two players. The answer was the better but learners wonder how is it true since we use best after the ...
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Boris Group or 'the' Boris Group? Is article omission an error?

From a native speaker standpoint, would it look OK if a company whose name follows the "X Group" pattern omits the use of the definite article when presenting itself on its website, like this (name ...
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“A first post” — makes sense or not?

I once knew a person who titled the first post in his blog, "A first post." It was immediately pointed out to him that correct usage is "The first post." To that he responded: Well, every blog has ...
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Why “the ipad” and not simply ipad [duplicate]

From what I've learned, special names don't get definite articles. (I should admit that the use of articles in English is very tricky) For example, we say Apple but not the Apple to refer to the ...
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Should I refer to North Koreans and South Koreans “same people” or “the same people”?

Are North Koreans and South Koreans "same people" or "the same people"? Which is correct: the same or just same, and why?
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No article? Why?

The back of my VIP card reads: Present this card before payment Why is there no any article before 'payment'? Shouldn't we add 'the' before 'payment'? I understand in this case, maybe there is no ...
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is article “an” before the noun “hour” acceptable? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use “a” versus “an” in front of a word beginning with the letter h? I have seen many authors uses "an" before "hour" like "an hour" some times. Please consider ...
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A becomes an before a word beginning with a vowel, does this apply to u? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Use of “a” versus “an” Is it “a uniform” or “an uniform” In spoken English we do say: He is an unhappy person But I never ...
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“It was an awesome weather.” Is this sentence correct? [closed]

Could someone help me with this sentence: "It was an awesome weather." Is this sentence correct?
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Should I use `a SSTP` or `an SSTP`? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do you use “a” or “an” before acronyms? First of all let me clarify that SSTP is an abbreviation of a technical term. I want to know, when using in a ...
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Is there an exceptional use of the article ‘a/an’? [duplicate]

When I studied English, I learned that I have to use the article “a/an” in front of a noun whose first pronunciation starts with a vowel sound. But whilst reading some texts, I realised that ...
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The correct way to say something is hired on an hourly basis

Which of the following is correct? We hire our bicycle... by the hour. by hours. by an hour. for hours.