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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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Why do we say “the wrong ____”? [duplicate]

When we want to say that something is inappropriate or an incorrect selection from several options, we often say that it is "the wrong [whatever]". For example: Ten o'clock is the wrong ...
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When can we use an indefinite singular noun as a subject in the start of a sentence?

I was told not to use an indefinite singular noun as a subject in the start of a sentence, so I can say such to refer to a general phenomenon: Cats eat mouses. A cat eats mouses. The cat eats mouses. ...
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In the UK's equivalent of America's Miranda Rights, what does the second part of the first sentence mean? [closed]

In the United States, the rights of an arrested citizen are known as "Miranda rights." After the police representative who makes an arrest tells the suspect what charge or charges are being ...
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Definite article vs zero article [duplicate]

Consider the following two example sentences, the articles in brackets are the point of question. (The) Satisfaction of the basic need for food is an intuitive right for every human being. (The) ...
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The before proper name -> scientific product

I have scientific document which is about the hydrogel usage. There are two proper names of these hydrogels: 5B45 and 76AB. They are not bought on the market, they are produced from compounds in lab ...
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Using “the” for institutions

I would like to know when we use "the" for the institutions particularly when it is written in letters or newspapers as title/body. As far as I understood, you don't put "the" for ...
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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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Why 'The' always comes in front of 'The United Kingdom' but the same does not always apply to 'Great Britain'? [duplicate]

Why 'The' always comes in front of 'The United Kingdom' but the same does not always apply to 'Great Britain'?
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The comma, the full stop, but an asterisk, and an ellipsis?

For what reason Wikipedia lists comma as the comma, full stop as the full stop, ampersand as the ampersand, but asterisk as an asterisk, and ellipsis as an ellipsis? For what reason Wikipedia use ...
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Definite Article and no Article with Animal Groups

I've encountered two sentences: — Dogs make good family pets. and The main source of food for the Hippo is the short grass. My question is: Why do we use the plural form of 'dogs' with no ...
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How to understand which nouns are specific and which ones aren't

This is how most people would explain it: I want to buy a new car. You want to buy some car. You don't know which one exactly, Toyota or BMW, which color, and so on. The car parked near the baker's ...
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Definite/indefinite article when we talk about something that is known to some people only

We use the definite article for things that were already introduced to a reader or the ones already familiar to everyone. A have a car. The car is red. The Sun is yellow. But what about things that ...
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When should we use “the” before the name of a university or institute?

Should I write "at Higher Institute for Applied Sciences and Technology (HIAST)" or "at the Higher Institute for Applied Sciences and Technology (HIAST)", and should I write "HIAST" or "the HIAST" in ...
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Is the definite article needed in “(the) reports of animal abuse”?

Reports of animal abuse are increasing. ( or) the reports of animal abuse increasing. Which one is correct with 'the' or without 'the'
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Use of article before the word “closure”

Today i came across a sentence while reading a newspaper "Half-yearly exams of secondary schools will be deferred due to closure of educational institutions" But i think they were supposed to use "...
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definite article or no article with a proper name of a particular workplace

Should I use the definite article with a proper name of a particular workplace / institution, like in the example below, or is it correct to omit it in this case? Workers servicing a steam engine ...
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Using the definite article with acronyms and initialisms with a number in front of it

I understand that using a definite article with an initialism. For example WKC for World Kendo Championship needs "the" if it pronounces "double-U kay si." I want to know if "the" is still need if it ...
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Articles 'the' or without 'the' [duplicate]

Today, the human population of Madagascar has surpassed 20 million. Today, human population of Madagascar has surpassed 20 million. What is correct 'the human' or 'humam'
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The (?) French cuisine

Phrases like "French cuisine", "Italian cuisine", "Russian cuisine" seem to be used both with and without definite article. Is there any rule to this? I looked at a few hundred results of Google book ...
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Article (the, a) beauty: which is correct?

Should one say "Dentistry is related to beauty" or "Dentistry is related to the beauty"? Is the definite article needed or not?
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To put “the” or not to put “the”

I am sometimes confused about whether to put the in front of a noun or not, so to solve such dilemmas, I have come up with the following strategy. When in doubt, whether to put the in front of a ...
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Is “definacy” a word?

I came across this word "definacy" in an article by a grammarian who uses it to refer to the quality brought about by the definite article in English. Problem is I can't find this word in any ...
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When should I use an article?

For this sentence, In the course of three years, his reporters were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize four times. Should I add an article, "the", before finalists?
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The truth or truth?

"We always like boys who speak the truth" This sentence is written in my grammar book. I don't understand how is it correct. As far as I was told, articles are omitted before abstract noun unless it ...
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The rules of using 'the' article

This short example covers most of my questions: The proposed methods are capable of keeping the growth of constraint violation errors associated with the calculation of gradient at a minimum rate. ...
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Do we need to use the article “the” while talking about numbers and ratio?

I would like to know if both sentences below require the article "the" at the beginning of the sentence. Sentence 1: Total number of cases in the US has increased by 2.2%. The total number of cases ...
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Phone, a phone, or the phone [closed]

Which option is correct and why? I want to talk about smartphones in general. Phone is a distraction. A phone is a distraction. The phone is a distraction. Thanks!
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Repetition of an article “the” in a sentence

I have learned that the article "the" should be repeated if it each noun phrase describes quality of a noun in a separate sense. But I am not sure if second "the" is necessary in the following ...
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Usage of articles with phrases

No article is used before a noun used in phrases as: to leave home, to send word, to catch fire, etc etc. Examples: He sent me word to see him. He left home. Here is my question: why do not these ...
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The number of (the) unemployed/super-rich/poor/dead/infected

'The + adjective' usually means 'adjective + people'. For example, the unemployed means 'unemployed people'. In this type of construction, you cannot remove the. But when the construction is ...
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Should I omit the article? Also, is the preposition “of” redundant?

In the sentence below, should I omit the article because "efficiencies" is plural and uncountable? Is the second "of" redundant? How can I make this sentence more concise? The factors that influence ...
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Usage of definite article

"The new laws are seen as an attempt to gag the press." In this sentence why the definite article 'the' is used before 'laws'(noun). I always get confused when to use 'the' and when not to. My teacher ...
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Use of the definite article, and different meanings

1)Study of the methods evaluating evacuation time of passengers from a burning bus 2)Study of the methods evaluating evacuation time of the passengers from a burning bus I'd like to imply that the ...
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Articles when describing commercial logos [closed]

I shoot stock photography and sometimes I post pictures showing logos of business corporations. Usually I use a phrase like "The logo of Orange S.A., a French telecommunications company" etc. Is this ...
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Can “other story” work without a definite article (for a title)?

As far as I know, “Other story” is an expression often used in conjunction with the definite article "the," as in "the other story goes" or "the other story says". In some cases I've seen it used ...
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Dropping the article before government agency abbreviations?

I live in Washington DC and work for a government contractor. In conversation, people often drop the "the" before the acronym of a federal agency. For example, someone might say "I ...
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the/a right person and the tallest person

Why is it 'tallest person' always only takes 'the,' and that 'right person' may sometimes take 'a' depending on what you mean? I don't know how I should put it, but the 'comparative superlative + ...
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When considering titles of scientific papers, why are definite and indefinite articles omitted sometimes? [duplicate]

Is it a rule or is it a sign of bad English among foreign researchers and scientists? Example: Observation of Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Entanglement on Supraquantum Structures by Induction Through ...
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a or the - in the sentence: or maybe i'm just copy pasting from the website i've just came across

I'm having trouble understanding what will sound more correct in the sentence when i'm describing some software functionality to a user and i'm what i could be doing with it. Would it be "A website ...
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I am confused which articles will be used in the questions mentioned below

I have done __ MBA in marketing from __ IIM. I have done __ MBA in marketing from __ Indian Institute of Management. Options.... An A The No article
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Using articles before the subject of a sentence? [duplicate]

"Smartphone is very useful" "Dog is loyal animal" are these sentences incorrect? or do they require articles before the subjects? if yes, how to decide which article to use, definite or ...
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Indefinite article + superlative adjective

There can no more be a best possible world than there can be a largest number. What does "a largest number" mean here? What is the difference in that sentence between "the" and "a"?
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the Ringo Starr of metals

Palladium is the Ringo Starr of precious metals I know that it's used to compare the role of Ringo in the Beatles with the role of Palladium in the world of metals. It's like saying "Palladium is ...
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Is the article a matter of 'location' and 'reference' and 'identification'?

If I have a concept in mind (let us say the concept of what dogs usually are) then I label that conceptual thought in my head : in this case - 'dog'. To me, the concept 'dog' means a living creature ...
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When to use article 'The'? [duplicate]

Mount Everest is the highest peak in the world. The Nile is the longest river in the world. Lake Victoria is one of the largest lakes in Africa. London is on the Thames. My question is why haven't we ...
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Capitalizing “The” in styles of nobility

In a book I helped proofread, the author capitalizes the definite article sometimes in titles of nobility. For example (slightly anonymized): “I am The Lady Jane Doe, daughter of the The Duke of ...
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“the” with subjects in subject-verb inversion

Explanation of what subjects we can use in subject-verb inversion: From an answer to “Here he comes”, “Here comes he” : The order of pronoun and verb in inversion: 1. On the corner is a cafe. – ...

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