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“You have a final exam next session.” or “You have final exam next session.”? [migrated]

This may sound like too basic a question but it's been bugging me for a while now. Which of the following is correct/preferable: "You have a final exam next session." "You have final exam next session....
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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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Definite article (the) in front of personal name [migrated]

I know that "the" should not be used with people's names. But what about when refering to mutiple people with the same name in one place? Like "the Thomas" for example ? I've heard this phrase in ...
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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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Not using definite article even when we are using “this”?

So I was reading about Articles and as per the definitions, I've learnt that we are supposed to use the article "the"(definite) when we are talking about a specific thing/object/person etc and ...
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Definite article before “earlier” [duplicate]

Why there is a 'the' before earlier? "... demonstrate that the earlier someone learns an additional language the more likely they are to master it."
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Do we use the article “the” in job positions?

Do we have to use the article "the" in the following example: Coordinator in (the) Director's Office, Department of Legal Affairs. Please have on mind that the subject is coordinator in the office of ...
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Whether definite or indefinite article should be used in the phrase of the C++ Standard

In the C++ Standard there is the following phrase. The enclosing namespace set of O is the set of namespaces consisting of the innermost non-inline namespace enclosing an inline namespace O, ...
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Definite article “the” multiple times

We have this phrase that aims to communicate that after an organization is selected, the table is shown but also the button as well. The table and button are shown after an organization is selected....
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“For the sake of” vs “for sake of”

Are for the sake of and for sake of both equally correct and idiomatic? The dictionaries I know list only the former, while the latter also seems to be commonplace.
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Using definite article with names

I have two product names, say AAA and BBB. In writing, I want to start sentence with them: The AAA and BBB are two notable products that apply this technique. Or AAA and BBB are two notable ...
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tribute to … (the/zero article)

I was given a guitar-shaped wooden craft for my birthday, it says 'tribute to the Rock'n'Roll'. Is it correct to say it like this? tribute to the Rock'n'Roll tribute to the Rock'n'Roll music tribute ...
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Pronunciation of “the” in “the US” [duplicate]

How come I often hear native speakers say "the (/ðiː/) US" as if "US" started with a vowel? It starts with a consonant /j/, right? Or are they using a strong form of "the"? Thank you.
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Definite article before “Houses”

Should i put definite article before "Houses" in "[The] houses on this street are very old"? UPD: I know this rule: The definite article can be used with both singular and plural nouns, but it ...
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Article the with characters' names

Why do we use article 'the' with names of fairytale characters? For example, Peg the Hen, Fuzzy the Hamster, Cheeky the parakeet?
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“played a main role” [closed]

Why is it "played a main role", not "played the main role" in the example statements below? Before the invention of transistors vacuum tubes played a main role in electronics. He played a main role ...
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What's the correct articulation for abbreviated words? [duplicate]

How to articulate abbreviated words when the original word articulation conflicts the pronunciation of the word? For example, I would say A Facebook campaign for Donald Trump But abbreviating ...
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Missing “the” - on the official page without any reason

From the official Autodesk page: Create or open a document with the styles you want to copy to the style library. From the official For Dummies page: Create a new document or open a document ...
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“The” for the first time only

A quote from LibreOffice user manual: Turning on hyphenation for the Default Style paragraph style affects all other paragraph styles that are based on Default Style. You can individually change ...
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Usage of a definite article with a proper name + defining characteristic [closed]

Suppose in a book there is a character named Alex, and he has a beard. There are no other Alexes mentioned. Which variant is correct? 1. "Hello," said bearded Alex. or 2. "Hello," said the bearded ...
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Using 'that' and 'the' with 'negotiations'

I came across this phrase: I see negotiations have gone as planned. Why is there no article before negotiations? For example: I see the negotiations have gone as planned. I think that the ...
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Fish fish fish eat eat eat <- for real?

Consider the following sequence of (supposed) sentences: "Organisms that fish eat are tasty" is valid English sentence. "Organisms that fish eat, eat." is also valid English sentence, although it's ...
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Definite Articles vs Non-definite Articles

1,A chicken I bought yesterday is missing. 2,Her father was shot by a man trying to rob his retail store. Theoretically, a phrase that refers to something identified uniquely should take a definite ...
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Definite article required or not?

I am having difficulty deciding whether the definite article is required in the following sentence. An indicator of a strong character is (the) person’s ability to compliment the achievements of ...
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Should I use “the” in this case and why?

"Download (the) React repository". I think "the" shouldn't be used in this case, because we already have the name of the repository. But: "Open React. Download the repository." - download the ...
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the + superlative adverbs

The rule I once wrote in my documents from the internet: The article is omitted when comparison is between different levels of performance/execution by the same person or thing: He runs ...
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Why is the definite article used here but not here? [duplicate]

Why do I (a non-expert native English speaker) include the definite article here before the country? Here's a delivery. It's destined for the US. Here's a delivery. It's destined for the UK. Here's a ...
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The definite article before nouns mentioned for the first time

I've been taught that when one mentions an object for the first time and it's countable, one should use a/an before it. I know that there are exceptions, when you speak of a renoun object which ...
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“I am THE weekend engineer assigned to your ticket” or “I am A weekend engineer assigned to your ticket” [closed]

I understand this question is very similar to hundreds of previously asked ones, but we still cannot come to an agreement, and maybe we'll be fighting each other soon. Which version is correct? "...
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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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'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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the + country name (genitive case)?

For country names that warrant the use of the definite article (US, UK, UAE, etc.), is the definite article required in the genitive case as well? Abu Dhabi holds 94% of the UAE's oil reserves Abu ...
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When does a fused-head NP require a definite determiner?

In section 9.3 Fusion of internal modifier and head, The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Page 417) says: (d) Modifiers denoting colour, provenance, and composition [25] i Henrietta ...
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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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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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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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Can we do with/without the definite article before an abstract noun?

Which is correct and why? (a) He gave us a lecture on the importance of reading books. (b) He gave us a lecture on importance of reading books. IS the definite article required before the abstract ...
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Is it necessary to use article before“ law and order” in the given sentence below?

In india, Law and order is not as good as it should be and reason being this, The police never reaches in time to rescue the ones who need them most.
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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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one or [the] other in American and British English

I'm wondering whether the definite article should be placed before "other" in the following sentence, and whether there is dialectal variation in this regard: You should ask one or [the] other of ...
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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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