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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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I am confused with usage about 'the' and object complement

Is the sentence as below correct in grammar? And is it clear enough? Please copy & paste keyword, mykeyword, into the search box of Google Play Store app or website to locate this pure app ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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 ...
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Problems with articles

Could anyone please explain me why the author of the book that I'm reading used the definite article in the following figure: "Figure 2.2. The population of the module.exports property or the ...
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Until next week vs Until the next week - using the definite article? [duplicate]

I am struggling with understanding the difference in meaning when the definite article is used with certain time expressions: He is coming back to London, but not until next year. He didn't ...
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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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sound or spelling to determine the choice of indefinite article [duplicate]

Is it correct to use indefinite articles based on the spelling of a word or the way it's pronounced? Would we say "Take an NHS leaflet." or "Take a NHS leaflet."? Also, what is the case with words ...
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How to use articles? When to use “a”, “an”, “the”? [closed]

I am confused about why we say a boy and a girl. can I say a boy and girl instead of adding the A article in front of both?
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Article use in “She is a/the of two children.” [duplicate]

I am confused by seeing the definite article in sentences like "She is the mother of x" where x has not been mentioned yet. For example, "She lives in Pittsburgh and is the mother of two daughters and ...
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What is “The” meaning of “A Word” or What is “Without Article” meaning of “A Word”? [duplicate]

Hi I am talking with my English-native friend and my friend used the word "Comprise". So I asked her "What is the meaning of the word Comprise?" But I think comprise could have multiple meaning ...
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Articles in movie or book titles: noun vs. adjective [closed]

One of the recently released movies is called "Terminal". The title of the movie does not include any article, definite or indefinite. Would it be correct to conclude that in the absence of an article ...
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using “the” before “adjective + name of the country”

Do I need to use "the" if I say "mysterious Japan" or "vast Russia"? Will it be "the mysterious Japan" or just "mysterious Japan"?
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I live in… a city/the city

I can say: I live in Prague. I live in a city called Prague. I live in the city of Prague. But, can I also say: I live in the city Prague. I live in a city Prague. Is it possible to say these two ...
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Is the definite/indefinite article a complement or a modifier of a noun?

The definite/indefinite article -- the/a(n) -- always comes before a noun and can never be used without a noun. Is the definite/indefinite article a complement or a modifier of a noun?
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Using 'THE' before a language [duplicate]

Is it right to use 'The' before a language, Like the Japanese, the Hindi?