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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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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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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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Specific case regarding the omission of “The”

As a language learner I sometimes browse the English section of HiNative to answer questions in my spare time, and a day ago I ran across a question that puzzled me. I can't remember the exact wording,...
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“In the Figure 1 (below)” or “in Figure 1 (below)”

I have a stupid question about the use of the word "Figure". Do we say "In Figure below" or "In the Figure below". Thanks Omer
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'On behalf of' usage

I have read many sentences making use of 'on behalf of' meaning 'as a representative of'. I know behalf is a noun, so when we could use 'on the behalf of' in a sentence? I consulted many websites, but ...
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The space shuttle returned to the earth

1.The earth moves round the sun. 2.We live on earth. 3. The space shuttle returned to earth. I know that the definite article the is used before the word earth when it is considered a planet. ...
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When does 'of' make a noun specific and require 'the'?

I still don't understand when to use 'the' with noun combinations like n+'of'+n and when not. Grammarly underlines 'absence of' (suggests putting 'the' before it) but doesn't underline 'lack of'. What'...
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Why do we sometimes use nouns without articles?

Why is the adjective "nonsensical" not used in the following sentence? And why is the noun form correct? Why do we never use an article before the word "nonsense"? Isn't it a noun? has it something to ...
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Which article to use? “a” or “the”? [duplicate]

When translating a surveyor's report on dimensions of an apartment, one is posed with phrases such as "northwards: a wall, for 3m in length, to the skylight, or a pony wall, for 2.8m in length, ...
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Why would “an mule” be used instead of “a mule”? [closed]

As generally agreed and as extensively discussed in this question, "an" should be used in place of the more common "a" where the following word begins with a vowel sound. I have just encountered for ...
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Do I need the definite article? “In life” or “In the life”? [closed]

Those in a hurry should realise that speed is not a means to success in life. Those in a hurry should realise that speed is not a means to success in the life.
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“A larger” vs “larger” to describe the sample size of a study

I wrote a sentence: A study with a larger sample size is required to make more conclusive remarks. Grammarly tells me it should be, "A study with larger sample size is required to make more ...
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Using articles for mathematical objects

I am writing a paper and don't know whether I need to use "the", or no article in the following cases. 1) I write "Let M be a matrix such as...". Then I need to refer to this matrix further in the ...
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Should the article “the” be used twice with a proper noun starting with “the”? [duplicate]

If a proper noun includes the word "the" and we want to refer to it using the definite article, should "the" appear twice in succession? For example: "Can you pass me The Who CD?" vs. "can you pass ...
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Last time/The last time

I went to a drug store and said: 1) 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: 2) THE last ...
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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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The teacher , teacher, the students, students

The following is a quotation from a book entitled Teaching English as a Second Language: The teacher is viewed as a knowledge provider and the students as the receivers of knowledge , and 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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Thank God it's Friday, tomorrow is THE weekend. Why the definite article?

Today is Friday. Tomorrow is the weekend. In terms of grammar, how is the definite article justified there? We say: It's noon. It's 12 o'clock. It's August. It's 2019. But we also ...
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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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How to reffer to Planet Earth using just “Planet”?

Could you please advice should i add 'the' before planet when referring to our planet Earth? And should the words "the" and "planet" be capitalized? So is the sentence written in the following way: "...
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Inquire the usage of article in this context [duplicate]

I am writing an academic paper and confused about the following usage of "a/an": with an MAP score below 0.4 Or with a MAP score below 0.4 While the second one seems more "grammarly" correct, ...
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The Correct Use of English Articles [closed]

Fill in the right articles: A, An, the, Ø. Boyle's law states ____ pressure of ____ gas is inversely proportional to ____ volume of ____ gas ____ constant temperature. I Agree to @my name's response ...
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Are articles exactly even required for English language? [closed]

My native language is Finnish that doesn't exactly have articles. It has never felt like limitation. This why it has been hard to understand why there is need for the articles. I feel like I'm just ...
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Use of definite article before superlative adverbs [duplicate]

What is the rule regarding the use of definite article (the) before superlative adverbs? Is it mandatory, optional, or not required at all to use the before superlative adverbs?
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Use of articles before proper nouns of person

In a closed question to a related topic on this forum, the following was suggested as an answer: "Another is to use a proper noun as an example of particular traits that could also be held by others (...
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Use of the article “the”: the number of the other agents or the number of other agents

I have a question regarding the use of the article "the" in the following sentence. What is correct? "[...]. The answer of each agent depends on the number of other agents answering the same." or "[...
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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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What auxiliary verb should be used with a country name? [duplicate]

Could anyone tell which statement is correct : 1. India is playing 2. India are playing
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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 the second part of ...
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Why there is no article before venture capital firm in “Beller’s first high-profile role was at venture capital firm Andreessen Horwitz, ..”?

Beller’s first high-profile role was at venture capital firm Andreessen Horwitz, where she was a partner on the deal team between 2013 and 2016. Source Does the same rule apply to the sentence above ...
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I am going to show you the sink, kitchen and fridge

Can we use one article in > I am going to show you the sink, kitchen and fridge. (the sink and the fridge are in the kitchen we are talking about) I am going to show you the accommodation, campus ...
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Articles before ordinal numbers

I am a bit confused about differences in the usage of articles before ordinal numbers. Technically, it would be logical to always use "the" for instances like "the fourth time I did this" or "the ...
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“X Factor winner” or “the X Factor winner” [duplicate]

Could someone please explain, why is the definite article before the word "winner" missed in the following question? "Cowell picked Tedder’s song Bleeding Love for X Factor winner Leona Lewis" If I ...
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Use of article 'a' [duplicate]

"to find a moment shrouded in a naked silence" Is it okay to write 'a' naked silence in place of naked silence?
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Using “The” at the beginning of a sentence [duplicate]

Which one is better? And why? The contracted personnel can be employed by the institution. Contracted personnel can be employed by the institution.
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Usage of articals. e.g. When do we use a singular noun on its own without an article?

2 questions. Q1. Earlier these days, I saw the usage of "Leader of ...", which is a countable noun without a preceding article. Is that grammatically correct? What I found in oxford guide to english ...
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Use of “the” with nationalities that have plural forms

Is the rule 7.8 here widely accepted in English? Rule 7.8: Use the definite article when referring to nationalities that do not have a plural form. If it is, does it sound off when one says "'the ...
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“Nobody likes to wash (the) dishes.” Can it be used with zero article?

Am I right in thinking that it's possible and correct to use the zero article in contexts like this, when the meaning is general? Even though in dictionaries it's presented as a set expression with ...
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“in like manner” v. “in the like manner”

1."in like manner" or 2."in the like manner" I thought that the latter is correct, but more digging points to the former. In Leviathan,of Hobbes, in like manner is used twenty five times, whereas ...
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Articles before “covenant”?

As I was going through Leviathan I realized that in some places Hobbes left an article before covenant, despite not placing the word in quotation marks: 1. "God is King of all the Earth by his Power: ...
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Why there is no article before “heire”? [duplicate]

The following passage is from All's Well That Ends Well: Shee is young, wise, faire, In these, to Nature shee's immediate heire: And these breed honour: According to the research I did on Cambridge ...
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Which article should be used in this sentence? [closed]

I have to fill the blank with an article (a,an or the) Copper is _ useful metal. Metal is a noun and it is qualified by an adjective 'useful'. But I can't find any rule pertaining to this ...
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Indefinite article - are there any exceptions for proper nouns? “an Aristides” vs “Aristides”

I was going through Leviathan of Hobbes today and I think I spotted an error. "and every Citizen bringing his Oystershell into the market place, written with the name of him he desired should be ...
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“An autonomous being” vs “autonomous being”? When to place an indefinite article? [duplicate]

He treats her as property rather than an autonomous being. or He treats her as property rather than autonomous being. Which of the above sentences is correct and why?
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Why do American speakers pronounce “the” as “/ðə/” before vowels?

I learned that we have to pronounce /ðə/ before consonants & /ði/ before vowels. For example, the /ðə/ car, but the /ði/ earth. But it seems that a lot of American people pronounce the /ðə/ ...
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Cockney accent: “a” or “an” before words starting with h? How about “the”?

How do you say "a help" (or the indefinite article followed by another word that starts with a normally non-silent h) with a Cockney accent, which drops word-initial h's? So would you say a elp or an ...