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Is it correct to put 'the' before uncaring?

There was an article on local daily titled 'To all the uncaring people'. Is it correct to put the before uncaring? Your take on this.
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Is there a case I should say “in absence of” instead of “in the absence of”?

I am checking the usage of "in the absence of". I learned "in the absence of", but there may be some cases this phrase is written without "the". (Example: https://ludwig....
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Why is it incorrect to say “Without a car, it takes a long time to get from a place to another.”?

This is the exact text from the Longman dictionary of common errors: Incorrect: Without a car, it takes a long time to get from a place to another. Correct: Without a car, it takes a long time to get ...
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Article Usage in Standard American English [duplicate]

Here is the text: "This is a 29-year-old Arn Anderson, who looks much older than that. It seems the stress of keeping the crowds entertained every night got to him and aged him much quicker than ...
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Articles when describing video games

Let's imagine that you are browsing a list of games and stumble across a game called Wheelie 6. You've never heard of it before and have never played the previous five games. Wheelie is back... in ...
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Lecturer/Tutor at Online University, which word is more appropriate? [closed]

In the following paragraph: I am Dr. John SMITH, Lecturer at [the name of a virtual university (abbr.)] since 2009, and Research Director at [the name of another university (abbr.)] in the years 2012-...
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Guideline for use of definite and indefinite articles in source code documentation

I have a doubt about proper use of definite and indefinite articles is source code documentation. For example: /** * Opens the door. * * @param speed The opening speed in cm/s. * @param alarm The ...
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“Is watermelon a fruit” - why is there no article before watermelon?

Is watermelon a fruit? I tried to find a rule for that, and the closest one was saying that there should be no article when we talk about objects in general. That makes sense - this is a generic ...
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He wrote [a/the] book “Life and Death”

In the following sentence: He wrote a book titled "Life and Death". Can I omit "titled" to reduce the phrase to a book "Life and Death"? I'm accustomed to the book &...
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“I see myself as” with personal names of well-known individuals [closed]

I'm not sure how to use articles when using personal names of well-known characters in this particular case. For example it would be "I see myself as a nice person" or "I see myself as ...
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Is it “she's a vegetarian” or “she's vegetarian”? [duplicate]

When should I not use indefinite articles? I get very confused.
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Does the noun “structure” require an article in this case?

Can I write "Structure is key to the clarity of writing" without a determiner before "structure"?
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“the Greek occupation” and “Greek occupation”

I was wondering if I can use "the Greek occupation" and "Greek occupation" interchangeably in the examples written below ? Greek occupation of Smyrna started on 15 May 1919 where ...
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Should I use “a” or “the” for “issue” when I first mention it in a paragraph? Do I need article for “selectivity”?

I am writing a technical report and need some help for verifying the very first sentence: "This report presents an effective approach to mitigating the prolonged issue of the insufficient wet ...
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Dropping articles: “I have a little brother and little sister.” - is this correct? [closed]

I teach ESL online through a company which provides materials. One sentence given is "I have a little brother and little sister." When I read this aloud to the student, I automatically added ...
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Need some help with articles in a simple list (please see the actual example below)

This is the list of topics and their tasks. Do I need to put articles in the following cases? THE meeting: Discuss achievements Find solutions THE brand's problem Find the strategy Set tasks In ...
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(noun + verb) data vs (nount + verb) THE data [closed]

In an example sentence, "the" was excluded on the sentence "[Noun + verb] data". But I think "the" should be included. Can anyone please confirm and enlighten me. Thanks!
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Should I use “the” in the phrase “the check-in for a flight”, in this context?

I have this sentence in Russian I need to translate into English: "Звучит объявление о регистрации на рейс Кабул - Гонконг." The best I can come up with is this: "An announcement rings ...
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why 'The information' is correct ? and is incorrect without using the article?

The information has been a key to impact people's lives through generations. Notwithstanding the significant changes that data can cause, it is argued to keep the sensitive information hidden. In my ...
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Should I add 'the' in titles?

I am recently writing a proposal titled "Evaluating and Optimizing (the) Utility of Explanations". But I am not sure if I should include 'the' before 'Utility' in the title. Actually this ...
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Why do we say “there is butter on your chin”, not “there is the butter on your chin”? [closed]

Now I looked at your face & I saw some butter on your chin. I know what specific butter it is. But why do I still say "there is butter on your chin", why not "there is the butter on ...
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Should I use 'the' before the word 'banking system'? [duplicate]

Should I use 'the' before the word 'banking system' when I refer banking system as a whole?
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Do I need any article in the following case? [duplicate]

Today we've designed Unforgettable Day campaign. or Today we've designed the Unforgettable Day campaign.
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Do names take an article? [closed]

Do I need to use the definite article the in this case? Copycats are Google's enemies. Copycats are the Google's enemies. There is no context, just a statement (these enemies aren't identified).
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Do disjointed nouns (eg in lists) need articles? [duplicate]

The list items are really just titles. Do they need articles? The meeting Discussing problems An unforgettable present The audience Targeting right audiences
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When to capitalize the word “the”? [duplicate]

This is regarding normal sentence case. Here are some examples: Bob got arrested by the FBI. Maybe The Crystal Method is the best band ever. Attitudes in the West are fairly consistent against ...
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Why is 'the' usage is incorrect in the sentence below?

We enjoy the life on this planet because of diversity. why article 'the' is incorrect when used with 'life' ?
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Why 'the' is incorrectly used here?

Bilingualism is an additional skill that can give an added advantage in career or the cognitive development. Some opine that it must be developed easily in life, while others suggest to learn it once ...
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“generally good practice” - Where to place an article?

Sometimes we need to say that something is a good practice. I don't understand where to place an article. I checked multiple sources and it seems they use it differently: before "generally", ...
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Is there an 'article sign'? [closed]

Most of you have probably seen the section sign (or silcrow), the symbol "§", as it is most commonly used, in legal documents; it is used instead of writing out the word "section". ...
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A phrase highlighting the use of articles

Is there a canonical phrase or short text that illustrates all possible uses of articles ('a', 'the', no article) in English? Many thanks.
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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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Repeat use of article 'the' [duplicate]

Which one is correct: 'The first two quarters of current financial year' Or 'The first two quarters of the current financial year'
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Articles with job position and names

Is it necessary to use the definite article while writing an official letter or filling out an application and addressing the Rector of a university? e.g. To (the) Rector of University First Name/...
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“replaced with an empty string” vs “replaced with the empty string” - which is correct?

I would think that the latter is correct because there can be only one empty string, that is "", or equivalent ''. Yet the former reads somewhat more natural to me. I came to think about ...
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Use of article “the” in below statements

Sentence 1 Wrong as per grammerly : It is government's duty to protect these disciplines for future generations. Correct as per grammerly : It is the government's duty to protect these disciplines for ...
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Article with an appositive phrase

Please help me understand whether I need an article and why. *"Companies I have worked with: Wolfestone, translation agency (Swansea, UK) [...]"* Do I have to place an article before "...
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Use of the article before team sports

Team sports are considered as team building activities to keep an individual fit and healthy. While some people think that the team sports help in building a good personality and health. Sports are ...
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use of “the” in front of an uncountable noun

I was reading an article and came across this sentence: "Until the middle of the century, (no the?) use of chemical fertilizer was limited." I can tell that the word "use" here is ...
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Definite and indefinite articles with abstract nouns

I have some difficulties in choosing between definite and indefinite articles with abstract nouns. I do know when we use a zero article with abstracts. But when we talk e.g. not about love in general, ...
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Do we always use zero article before jobs, titles, honors?

Donald Trump, a 71 year old businessman, was chosen ____ President of the United States. The answer is zero article, and the justification is that we should use zero article before job, title and ...
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Using indefinite (“a”) instead of definite (“the”) article with “key to success”

I have almost exclusively heard this phrase with a definite article, such as; The key to success (in TARGET) is to do ACTION. Is it valid to use it with a indefinite article, to emphasize that ...
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usage of article/singular/plural noun when listing two things

I was reading this book, and I came across the following sentences whose usage of articles and singular/plural nouns I couldn't understand. A Days Inn in West Palm Beach had to pay $70,000 in ...
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“the timing of something” or “the timing of the something”

I have a question about these sentences: (1) "This may impact the timing of the application submission." (2) "This may impact timing of the application submission." (3) "This ...
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article - absolute value

Is the article before the absolute value? I know that there is always an article in phrases like the absolute value of sth but I saw the sentence below without any article. Is it right? Thank you A ...
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How is article the used to describe relations?

Which sentence is correct?: "I am the son of Mary" or " I am son of Mary"?
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Which is more natural “a wife” or “the wife”

It is a part of a short bio, and it goes more or less as follows: "He lives in London with his wife, his son, and three cats" If I wanted to use articles instead of "his", which ...
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Article usage with “European society”

I wonder if in a sentence "He feels privileged to be a part of the European society", the usage of the definite article is correct. On one hand, "society" is a mass noun, but here ...
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Which sentence is correct? The one using the, an or no article? [duplicate]

I have a problem with these sentences. which one is correct?and why? He studied the role of an/the/ ' extended family in caring for older people.
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Absolute superlative

"2020 is said to be a darkest year" I learned in my book that the superlative with most is sometimes used when there's no idea of comparison but to show the existence of a quality of a very ...

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