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Should I use a or the? [closed]

When I’m talking about an object/place/etc that I’m familiar with, but my listener is not/they weren’t there when it happened, should I use a or the? E.x. “I was kicked out of the store” vs “I was ...
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Definite article and zero article [closed]

There’s a line from Al Yankovic’s ‘Amish Paradise’: At 4:30 in the morning, I'm milkin' cows. Jebediah feeds the chickens and Jacob plows, fool Why is there no article before ‘cows’, and the ...
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When can we omit the article in front of a countable word in singular? [migrated]

In the sentence below, there is no "the" in front of former President. I am wondering what is the grammar rule for that? Under Smith and his successor, Douglas, Canada sought closer trade ...
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Using "the" with "return of someone/something" [migrated]

I am completely baffled by the English language when it comes to the article "the" and "return of someone" or "return of something". Here is a list of some movie titles I ...
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Does it make sense when I avoid a formal subject "it" referring to a "to+verb" clause or "that+subject verb " clause? [closed]

When I was a high school student, I learned that it is normal to use "it" to avoid a long subject in English. I learned that "it" in such kind of sentences refers to the "to......
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Do you need a definite article here?

Do you need the in the following sentence? My name is Alex, but I go by the gender-neutral Sasha. I think this definite article is warranted because the sentence above may be said to have an ...
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Article 'The' when use with the name of an island [duplicate]

According standard English, we do not use 'the' with the name of a single island, for example, 'Tasmania' or 'Bermuda'. We just use 'the' when the name refers to a group of islands or is made up of ...
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Should there be a "the" before "consideration" in this sentence?

It should be not excluded from consideration that by choosing Katha as their candidate, the incumbent party revealed its goal to expand influence in the northern districts.
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No article in the construction 'hire of ....'

One sentence in a recent newspaper article reads Liverpool spent the last fortnight sorting out their upstairs departments, with hires of CEO of Football Michael Edwards and sporting director Richard ...
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Do I need the definite article 'The' before 'construction'?

Recently I had a conversation with a colleague and ran into a problem I can't stop thinking about. I was talking about the new campus of my university and said 'construction was started in 2012'. Is ...
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Articles in reference to natural phenomena

I have been wondering about the usage of the definite article with the nouns that refer to natural phenomena such as wind, rain, weather. Michael Swan suggests in "Practical English Usage" ...
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Simple Article usage question implied or not? [duplicate]

It doesn't matter if you are a nurse or a doctor, you still need a pass. In this sentence, can I skip article a just before doctor? It doesn't matter if you are a nurse or doctor, you still need a ...
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Title case for "The" [duplicate]

If I'm writing a sentence with a media title (book, TV show, movie, etc.), how do I present the word "the"? For example, would I write, "I was watching The Mandalorian," or "I ...
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Why the definite article in “whiskey on the rocks”?

I am confused as to why a “the” is used in the designator of this drink. For, “the X” refers to an X which I am familiar with. But when I order a whiskey with “rocks” in it, it’s likely that I have no ...
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A man of many talents/ the man of many talents

Can I use the article the with the idiom “man of many talents” if I want to emphasise that it refers to just a specific person and not speaking generally? For instance: “You’re the man of many talents”...
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When should I NOT use an article in front of a noun? Easy to remember tips? [duplicate]

THE title says all. Although I've been living in the US for many years at this point, this still confuses me time to time.
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The bicycle is a vehicle but the bicycle in this room is just a decoration

Can the definite article have two different meanings in front of identical words in one sentence? As in The bicycle is a vehicle but the bicycle in this room is just a decoration. Or perhaps this ...
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Prefixing a road name or number with "the" -- geographical preference or proper English? [duplicate]

In reading about the LA Freeway Fire this week, it struck me (from the East Coast) as very awkward when they consistently refer to roads by prefixing them with "the". i.e., "The I-10&...
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usage of "the" - "listen to the TV", or "listen to TV"

Question: When we only listen to the sound of that machine (TV), not watching its screen, which is appropriate to say "listen to the TV" or "listen to TV"? Background: When we ...
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Use of definite article in school grade names

I'm a younger speaker from Chicago. All throughout my education, I've noticed two different ways in which people can refer to grade levels. One includes the definite article and one does not. For ...
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When do you skip the definite article in a ship's name? [duplicate]

Like cars and cities, ships are assumed to be female. Be good to her and she'll take care of you. Thus, even when the name of a ship is masculine, the vessel itself is still a "she." The USS ...
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Definite article, italics/quotations for a document name?

The below text is an extract from a document titled Technical Specification 13 Meter Harbor Tug. Is it sufficient to have the title capitalized or do I need to put it into italics/quotes when ...
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Which determiner is correct, "this" or "the" in "this/the same key"?

I am helping a friend edit a manuscript for an informal reference book about music. There are occasional instances where determiners are being used in a way that I find unfamiliar or awkward. I'm ...
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Why is there no article "the" before "international law"?

Reading through wikipedia's page on international law, I noticed that there is never a definite article "the" before the phrase. It is a set of rules, norms, and standards generally ...
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What is the rule for using the definite article in front of a name? [duplicate]

What is the rule on the basis of which there is a definite article in front of the name of a man-made object such as the Challenger or the Titan?
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"37% of Japanese" vs "37% of the Japanese"

When we refer to certain nationalities, we tend to add "the" to indicate that we are talking about the people and not the language if there is an ambiguity. Example: The Chinese speak ...
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What's with the definite article in "It was in the bleak December"?

In his classic poem which pretty much everyone knows by heart, Edgar Allan Poe writes as follows: Ah, distinctly I remember It was in the bleak December, And each separate dying ember Wrought its ...
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Why is an "a" article being used here? I would use "the" instead

The Senate late Thursday passed a House-approved bill to raise the debt ceiling and cap government spending for two years, sending the legislation to President Joe Biden’s desk . https://www.cnbc.com/...
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How many "the"'s are needed in the phrase "the A of the B of the C ..."? [closed]

Here's an example from Wikipedia: Statement: ... Suppose a function g ... has the set of discontinuity points D_g ... Proof: By (the) definition of the continuity of the function g(·), ... (The ...
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Including an article if the following phrase already contains it

For example, when referencing a webpage: Visit the "The Performers" page to learn about our musical lineup. In this case, I want to tell someone to visit a webpage entitled "The ...
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"the" with nationality - Brits

I know that we have to use 'the' when it comes to groups of people, for example: The French are good at cooking. When nouns and adjectives are the same, we can omit 'the' Americans are good at ...
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When it necessary to add "the" before Ruby Community

The community of the Ruby language has an issue, one of the main resources is not accessible. So I wrote a message in the GitHub: Ruby Koans is a real treasure of Ruby Community, best way to get into ...
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Nominalized adjectives or nominalized adjective phrases?

Numerous adjectives can be combined with the. Examples include the poor, the limitless, the miraculous, etc. Such constructions are semantically equivalent to nouns. According to Wikipedia: A ...
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Uses of definite article before comparative degree [closed]

Here are two sentences from a grammar book: "He is the stronger of the two." "Reena is smarter than any other student of her class." In the first sentence, the definite article (...
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(The) unemployment in the country has fallen recently

I have been recently wondering about the reason why is "the" omitted in such a phrase like the one quoted below. "The unemployment in the country has fallen recently." My ...
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Looking to understand definite article use when referring to specific places [closed]

I'm trying to understand why, in certain situations, we sometimes do/don't use the definite article 'the' when referring to proper nouns (in this example, bars from my undergrad). Specifically: "...
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Context Defined Nouns (the use of the definite article)

I've been doing a research on articles, trying to create a set of reliable rules for my students and I've completed the major part of it, however, there still remain some inconsistencies with bare ...
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What does "The 300 Light infantry" mean?

Text from Osprey Publishing, the book Saratoga 1777: Turning Point of a Revolution by Brendon Morrissey: Advance Guard: Col Daniel Morgan The riflemen had 374 all ranks fit and present out of 578 (...
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If an article should be used before a noun?

Suppose that, in my experiments, I have a number of cubes and a number of spheres. The volumes of cubes and spheres are not fixed. Now, I want to express this feature. I do know that the sentence The ...
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Generalization with plural versus with definite article [closed]

I was studying the usage of definite article in Arabic and I realized I am not on firm grounds in English either. With respect to either grammar or rhetoric, are there nuances between the following ...
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Choose between a and the article in a question without context [closed]

Why we say How to cross the road? meanwhile, we also say How to read a book? As far as I know, we use "the" when there's some context. For example, I have a car, and I want to paint it, ...
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About the use of definite articles with nouns such as "north, south west..."

Using articles can be confusing sometimes, so when we say "the North pole" it takes the definite article "the " unlike for example "North America" here "the " ...
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Math usage: the affine n-space vs affine n-space [duplicate]

In the book Algebraic Geometry by Robin Hartshorne (and many other publications), he writes We define affine n-space over a field to be the set [...] and Our next objective is to show that ...
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Using definite article in news item headlines [duplicate]

The CNN headline reads: Queen won’t return to London to appoint new British PM, for first time in her reign Why the definite article the is omitted in "for first time" and "Queen"...
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When is it appropriate to omit both articles and prepositions together?

I am working on a localisation issue within a project, but I cannot figure out through any of my searches and reference texts if there is a particular set of rules surrounding the omission of articles ...
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Is ‘the’ always necessary in such structures?

For qualitative measures, we have to consider the place of Korean universities in global rankings, as well as the global rankings of Korean journals. Is the ‘the’ necessary in all expressions/phrases ...
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For Nth time or for a/an Nth time

In an English language class at school, I was taught to always use "the" not "a/an" when I want to use an ordinal number, for example, "for the second time in a row" ...
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"run for presidency" or "run for the presidency"

I have a question about "run for presidency"/"run for the presidency" (in this case, it's about a presidential election) He will run for the presidency. He will run for presidency....
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(In)definite articles with abstract concepts

I am always struggling to figure out whether to use a definite or indefinite article with abstract concepts. See the following example. Positions in question are marked with (the?): Section X ...
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Usage of articles when the noun is specifically described

In the sentence We are [a/the] team of six developers working on financial software projects from the USA, Canada, and Australia. where the word team is described specifically enough so there is ...
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