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The usage of articles

In this sentence, In the pursuit of my computer science degree at WUSTL, I have mastered.... Should there be a the in front of pursuit? In other words, should the sentence be changed to In pursuit of ...
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Which option is correct?

Can you tell which option is correct? And why it is necessary to use or not to use this or that article? I have pizza. or I have a pizza.
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“Were someone someone, … would …” structure

I have been practicing my English reading skill for a while. I try to read news article from various sources. Lately, I found this article (link: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/10/...
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About the usage of “an” in this context

To believe a person is not necessarily to treat him as an original authority. He is an original authority on what he himself has done and seen and heard: I say an original authority because I only ...
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Use of articles, which one is correct?

Corinth was a rich, but not a very enlightened state OR Corinth was a rich, but not very enlightened state. Which one should I use? Thanks in advance.
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“currently is a …” or “is currently a …”

I'm not sure which statement is more correct. John has been with the team since 2010 and is currently a senior researcher OR John has been with the team since 2010 and currently is a senior ...
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Article before nouns in the appositive phrase?

Here are two examples: Nobody creates post-apocalyptic flicks better than George Miller, the director of the Mad Max series. Is the necessary before director, and can it be omitted? The business ...
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Pass me the almond cookie V/s Pass me an almond cookie

Sentence:Pass me the almond cookie. Why does this sentence not framed like -"Pass me an almond cookie" IS it because the person wants "the almond cookie" out of all other cookies. Because the ...
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Why is “the” used here? I would use not article in this dialog

It upsets Sheldon when you play with the food...It upsets Sheldon when you play with the Sheldon. First sentence I kinda can justify the, second one - just don't get it. (The big bang theory. https://...
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“control of the company” or “the control of the company”?

I saw the following sentence in OALD: He was forced to relinquish control of the company. Despite having studied English for years and having consulted some advanced grammar books, when writing in ...
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Can I say “until the dawn” instead of “until dawn”?

It would be something like "the baby was born at midnight, she cried until (the) dawn". I believe the more natural way of saying that would be without the "the", just "she cried until dawn", but I ...
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Articles before common noun followed by proper name

I would like to know if usage of indefinite articles in the following sentence is appropriate or if there should be definite articles in their place. 1) A leopard cub Leo and a tiger cub called Tig ...
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the plus plural nouns

Please see the following example, I think the ministers are quite specific, not all ministers, just those from the remaining 27 EU countries. So why there is no 'the' preceded? Ministers from the ...
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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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Are 'a' and 'one' interchangeable? [closed]

I know that we can say: There is only one car on the lot. But is it possible to say: There is only a car on the lot. In general, are these two words interchangeable? Thank you!
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The Control or Control

I have a debate with a friend about the following sentence. We have only one goal - to give you the control of your finances. My friend argues that "the" in this sentence is wrong, saying it is ...
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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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Article 'the' use in front of television [duplicate]

Use of ' the' before television???????~ above 1st photo from use of 'the' is different from 2nd photo please solve my question
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He likes eating Japanese food [duplicate]

“what does your brother usually eat for lunch?” “Well, he likes eating Japanese food” “Well, he likes eating the Japanese food” Can anyone tell me which sentence is correct?
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use of “the” for dates

Is it fine to write during the second half of 4th century B.C. or is it preferable to write during the second half of the 4th century B.C.
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When to use articles before programming terms?

I've found such a paragraph in one of programming tutorials: Ruby strings are simply sequences of 8-bit bytes and they are objects of class String. Double-quoted strings allow substitution and ...
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Zero articles in movie and book titles

Can you please explain to me, why sometimes there's no article in the movie or book titles, even if these titles are singular count nouns. For example: "Junky" by William S. Burroughs or "Alien" by ...
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An article after 'called'

In my text, many concepts are introduced (defined) by a sentence with 'called'. Examples are: This condition is called eigenvariable condition. This procedure is called the truth table method. A ...
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Should one use “an” or an “a” before an acronym beginning with the letter H? [duplicate]

Consider the sentence: He offered to be an HSC. vs: He offered to be a HSC. In the example above, HSC stands for Health Service Consultant. If one were saying the sentence aloud, one would ...
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definite article 'a'

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, pag 529, says: Predeterminer AdjPs (e.g., such a nuisance, or so serious a problem) occur as external modifier in NP structure, preceding the ...
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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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Definite article or no article whatsoever?

I'm having some trouble deciding whether or not to use "the" in the following sentences: Jack washed (the) windows in his flat last week. She's watering (the) plants in her friend's apartment. ...
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Are articles pronouns?

I'd like to know whether articles are a kind of pronoun. I believe that "a/an" should be an indefinite pronoun because "a" is similar to "any", and "the" should be a definite pronoun. For example: ...
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Using Articles in a Simple List

An abstract noun is something that doesn't physically exist, such as an idea, concept, quality, emotion or event. OR An abstract noun is something that doesn't physically exist, such as an idea, a ...
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The choice of [no article/a] hotel was perfect

Intuitively, it seems that articles are not necessary here. The choice of hotel was perfect. Nonetheless, I can't find a logical way to explain why omitting articles for a countable noun is ...
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Which one is correct: “He is the taller of the two” or “He is taller of the two”

He is the taller of the two. He is taller of the two. Which one is correct and why?
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In “A plethora of”, should I use “A” always? [closed]

A plethora of problems Plethora of problems Are both ok? Because in many articles, "A" is not written.
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When to use “A” before a proper noun? [duplicate]

I wonder if we can put "A" before a proper noun. Here's an example I found on Google: As a Vietnam veteran I remembered that it was 16 years after my tour in Vietnam. I wish to know why the author ...
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Dilemma in using Articles [duplicate]

The old woman reduced the self-esteem of the speaker. My question is why it is the self-esteem.
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a barn vs the barn [duplicate]

What is the difference between these two sentences: Tom was hiding in the barn. Tom was hiding in a barn.
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Why is an article not needed before the noun “island” in this sentence?

This question is based on the following excerpt from a GRE example: Experts have differed about where the genus Varanus (monitor lizards) originated. Because most existing species live in Australia,...
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Which article, if any, is the best choice in this case?

I work in IT and have a question about using articles in the following sentence: There is ____ AllowedChanges table with ____ AllowedPctType column in the database. So my question is which ...
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Daring forays into artful subervsion [closed]

I found some lines in an article. I have failed to understand them fully. Can I get some help? The novels of the Nigerian author Amos Tutola have on one side been extolled as daring forays into an ...
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When can I omit *the* from certain prhases?

After reviewing an interesting question and answer here: Is 'at the time of writing' correct?, I'm wondering if I couldn't do something more simple: At time of writing, this is all that has ...
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Man vs a man vs the man

Consider this sentence She always dreamed of man / a man / the man like you. What is the difference between them?
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“in efforts to” vs “in an effort to”

Is efforts being used properly in this sentence because we are promoting multiple efforts? In efforts to promote our products, we are providing a website and flyers for your use. Or should it be: ...
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The omission of articles before the last two nouns in 'There is a missing bridge between business and technology'

I came across the following sentence in an article: "There is a missing bridge between business and technology" To the best of my understanding when a noun is used, it should have an article (a, ...
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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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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 simulation from reality vs simulation from reality.

"While previous simulations were often accused of predictability and lack of immersion, now it was almost impossible to distinguish simulation from reality." "While previous simulations were often ...
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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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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 ...