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Questions tagged [definite-articles]

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Which article to use

1. Enabling the 'show-copy-button' option adds the 'copy' button to the toolbar. 2. Enabling the 'show-copy-button' option adds a 'copy' button to the toolbar. This is just of the one examples, ...
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Do we need an article before a variable or an object that has a name?

For example, (the) vertex A is connected with (the) vertex B. Do we need "the" in the sentence above?
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The article when calling things by their proper name but also telling what they are

Should I use an article when the object I am talking about has a name, but I also mention what it is? For example, We implemented the "Incredible" package or It works in a similar way to "ManyThanks" ...
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Could somebody please help me out with articles? [duplicate]

Being Russian, I am having a fairly hard time understanding the concept of articles usage in various situations. Also it is hard to find truly elaborate manuals online. So here I would like to give an ...
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Should the definite article “the” be used in “periods of [the?] Italian economic history”?

I came across this phrase and I'm wondering whether a definite article should be placed there, or not: ...for long periods of [the?] Italian economic history... Although my instinct tells me it is ...
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Definite or indefinite article when describing a historical person

According to this question: Definite and indefinite articles when introducing a person one can use a definite, indefinite or no article at all when introducing a particular person. Which option is the ...
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Articles and Prepositions: “At/The mountain of…” and “…descended in/on her head” [closed]

The/A mountain of family responsibilities had already descended in/on her head. According to me, it is in her head. But I am not 100% sure about the answer because in the net various answers are ...
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The cases where no definite article is needed

In technical writing, I believe expressions like these do not require a definite article: Function f(x) is such and such. Graph G has such property. Equation (10) combined with something else gives ...
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'Are you sure you want to delete selected items OR the selected items?'?

"Are you sure you want to delete selected items?" or "Are you sure you want to delete the selected items?" Which one is correct? Maybe it's better to say " delete these items" and to avoid this issue?...
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“The Go Programming Language” - is the article necessary? [closed]

https://golang.org/ Not a native speaker. To me it sounds weird. I'd say "Go programming language". Thanks
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What do consecutive articles mean? [closed]

I found a sentence: The the more common mediums of cold storage are listed with some of their weaknesses. What does the double "the" mean here? Is this a typo?
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Do we use the definite article when a noun is already uniquely identified?

Do I say "Answer question 4" or "Answer the question 4" ? I'm in doubt about which form to use in a test I'm preparing for my students...
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“The [Name] Trust” or “[Name] Trust”? [duplicate]

I have to write a dissertation about a charity named "St Anthony's trust". I was puzzled about the title. Do you think that I should write "Community-supported agriculture. St Anthony's trust" or "...
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“go to the store/bank” or “go to a store/bank”

I've searched all the internet, but mostly the explanation was so different from one another that i couldn't come up with one conclusion. I know in some cases, articles are not needed between 'to' ...
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which is correct?, at the interview … or at interview

At interview she was casually dressed with good hygiene and engaged well. or At the interview she was casually dressed with good hygiene and engaged well.
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Using “woman” without article: “I am woman”

I heard the lyrics of a song by Helen Reddy: I am woman, hear me roar In numbers too big to ignore […] I am woman watch me grow See me standing toe to toe As I spread my lovin' arms ...
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“On behalf of” or “On the behalf of”?

Ability to do X on the behalf of another user vs Ability to do X on behalf of another user Which one is correct and why? :( I've been debating this with someone over the copy of some ...
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Why it is “the Grinch” but not just Grinch as it's his personal name

We don't use the definite article with personal names, however here....why is it so? Yeah, I know sometimes we can use "the". When it's a person everybody knows about or smth like that. But why it'...
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redundant definite article

I have a colleague who insists on inserting "The" into the following sentence --- "If you're familiar with Johnson City's hip, comfortable The Ellis Hotel, you'll love the new Autograph Collection by ...
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Usage of definite article with “last episode”

I have a question about the usage of the definite article with the phrase "last episode". Compare the following examples: In last episode, John met with Karen. In the last episode, John met with ...
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Use of definite article before “authority”

I cannot find the rule for using the definitive article with the word "authority", is it always necessary and what is the grammar rule that I need to know? Are both these sentences OK or just the ...
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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 'Blair House' used without 'the' when 'White House' must be used with 'the'?

The White House needs the definite article: But Blair House doesn't need the definite article as shown on their website: We invite you to visit Blair House through the pages of this book and ...
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“The” with labelled nouns

Practical English Usage 142.20 reads We usually leave out articles in abbreviated styles: numbering and labelling Go through door A Control to Car 27: can you hear me? Turn to ...
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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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Why isn't the definite article used before “closest” in “Who are you closest to”?

Why is there no definite article before "closest" in the question "Who are you closest to in your family?" My only assumption is that "to be close to someone" is a set phrase and it is used without an ...
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Which one sounds more natural? “The most of them” or “most of them”?

I used to have a lot of games and the most of them were untranslated I used to have a lot of games and most of them were untranslated
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the + noun describing a person to imply a generic concept

I am writing documentation for an online store platform. Can I use a construction like "the customer" in a generic sense, when it is supposed to mean "any customer of any online store that uses the ...
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When do you use “the” and when do you not use “the” in a sentence? [closed]

When do you use "the" and when do you not use "the" in a sentence? I intuitively know but don't know how to explain. I'm trying to explain this concept to an ESL student.
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Is there a name for the substitution of “the + singular noun” for a plural noun?

For instance, I might say, "Overcrowding is a major concern in the classroom today" rather than "Overcrowding is a major concern in classrooms today". Is that substitution a literary device? The ...
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“Please confirm receipt of this email” or “Please confirm the receipt of this email”?

So, Gmail now is intelligent: it guesses what one wants to write and suggests it in advance! One thing it suggests is: Please confirm receipt of this email. But shouldn't it be: Please confirm ...
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Absent the doctor - a 'hanging' adjective?

I remember the occurrence of this type of construction from many moons ago, but not its particular reference : Absent the doctor, the paramedic pronounced the victim deceased. I'm not clear as to ...
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Why is the word “the” used before different categories of calculus?

I've noticed that, when referring to certain branches of calculus, mathematicians sometimes precede the name of those branches with the word "the". For example, "the lambda calculus" or "the ...
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definite vs indefinite article before noun + “of”

I thought that I should always use "the" in front of noun + "of" since the noun is specified. But, I see some exceptions like: A leaf can reach a diameter of 15 feet. What is the rule of using an ...
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My wife, I just have the one, is

A: Those are my wives B: Well, my wife, I just have the one, ... This conversation is taken from the series shameless, s07e03, min. 22:47. What is the meaning of the definite article in B's ...
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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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Why isn't 'the' used before 'Big Ben'?

The article 'the' is used when talking about monuments, the White House, the Houses of Parliament, so why is it not used when speaking about Big Ben in London?
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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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To university or to the university [closed]

Is better to say "to university" or "to the university"? I have this doubt.
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Hardware Modes: Prepositions, Articles, Capitalization

I have a lot of uncertainties regarding how to address hardware modes, when it comes to computers, cell phones, circuit boards, etc. Google provides all kinds of contradicting thoughts and answers ...
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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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How Bulgarians use the definite article in English

I have a friend from Bulgaria who tends to use the definite article "the" too often. Does anyone know Eastern European languages enough to help me explain to him the rule in English? The example I ...
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A movie “…” or THE movie “…”

During my English class I was giving a speech about my favorite listening practices in English and said, “I’ve recently watched the American movie “The Shawshank Redemption” and...” At that point the ...
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Should there be any article before “bilingual and multilingual users of English” in this sentence? [closed]

__ bilingual and multilingual users of English far outnumber its monolingual native speakers. Should there be any article at the start of this sentence? Also, why?
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Appositive with no definite article

Hans, head of a company that manufactures garden furniture, is announcing to his staff .... Shouldn't it be the head of a company ...? Is that correct? Could you explain why we do not need a definite ...
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“Done with the task” or “Done with task”?

Which is the correct form: "[are you] Done with the task?" or "[are you] Done with task?" It feels to me that the first form is the correct one, as it implies the specific task that was assigned ...
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Should I use the definite article “the” in this sentence?

Which of these two sentences is grammatically correct? "Engine in the heart, fuel in veins." "Engine in the heart, fuel in the veins." This is a sentence for a tattoo, which basically says, that the ...
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Is “king” an adjective or a mass noun in this usage? [duplicate]

I have been curious about a usage of the word "king". a country where football is king (Oxford Dictionaries Online) In mergers and acquisitions, cash is king. (Cambridge) This is a very ...
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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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More questions on articles

I am struggling with the definite article. I have checked other posts and examples. But often I stumble upon some cases which I just can't fathom, and can't make them fit into the given examples. #...