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Questions tagged [definite-articles]

This tag is for questions about the definite article.

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“On the air” OR “On air”

Do you remember Northern Exposure? I hope so. Chris had a light-sign in his office: And when you search Google Images for "on the air" some of the signs shown have "on air" without "the". So which ...
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I am trying to find out if there is a convention of correctness for writing Arabic proper nouns starting with 'Al'

The news channel 'Al Jazeera' writes its name like I have i.e with a space between 'Al' and 'Jazeera', in text but in the logo it is 'ALJAZEERA'. One come across variations like 'Alqaeda', 'Al-Qaeda', ...
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Any reason Japan's Diet is not used without a definite article (vs Congress, Parliament, etc)?

Obviously, there are instances, but compare for example "member of Congress" vs. "member of Diet" The latter, according to Google Ngrams, is basically not used. Likewise, "session of Diet" is not ...
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How to determine whether I need to use an article before a noun? Can I skip using a, an or the altogether? [migrated]

How to determine whether I need to use an article before a noun? Can I skip using a, an or the altogether? This doubt has arisen because grammarly points out many a times to me to use determiner ...
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Did 'the' in 'the which' mean anything?

Because OED's entries for this archaic definite article + relative pronoun 'the which' only redirect to definitions of 'which', am I correct to infer that 'the' meant nothing semantically in 'the ...
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The Use of Definite Article with an Acronym [migrated]

I am really confused: Why is it correct to use definite article in "the ASEAN Secretariat", "the ASEAN Region" or "the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting" but it is not correct to use THE article in e.g. "...
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How to use the definite article “The” for more than one object

This is one of those questions that I find silly at first, but have made me really scratch my head the more I ponder over them. In a sentence with multiple nouns, do we use the definite article "The" ...
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Definite or indefinite article in “the/a devil's advocate”

I can't quite figure out which of the following expressions is more correct: He is the devil's advocate. He is a devil's advocate. He is playing devil's advocate. The combination of an article with ...
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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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Why does the Sudan have a “the” in the name?

I am endlessly perplexed why the country Sudan has a the in the name: "I am from the Sudan". Why not "I am from the Kansas" or "the China"? I understand the the in "the United States" because a non-...
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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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Usage of “the” preceding compound nouns which have not been mentioned previously

Which of the following two sentences is correct? 1) We abstract resource demand of tasks. 2) We abstract the resource demand of tasks. This is the first time the phrase "resource demand" occurs in ...
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Definite article — “on television” vs. “on the radio”

Why are these different? We heard the news on the radio. We watched the news on television. In this book, the author says we must use television without the. Why? It makes me crazy. Is ...
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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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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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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 article in front of button names

I am writing a manual for an application. The manual describes how to operate a piece of software. Often I write sentences like: Press "Compute" button, then change to "Statistics" tab. My ...
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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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“Till the morning” or “till morning”?

Which of the following statements is more appropriate? You have to stay here till the morning. You have to stay here till morning. The second one seems more fluent to me. What do you think?...
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“king of” or “the king of”

Which is correct? I am king of the world. I am the king of the world. Additionally, which would be the better choice, if I wanted to use the expression "king" to signify dominance in a ...
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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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“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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'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 Red Cross” but no article in Greenpeace, UNICEF, or Amnesty International

In an English language textbook for Italian middle school students, there is a reading exercise where students have to fill in the gaps. Here is a completed excerpt The International Red Cross/Red ...
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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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“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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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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“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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“With use of” vs. “with the use of”

"Do you solve engineering problems with use of programming methods, or do you solve engineering problems with the use of programming methods?" Which one is correct? Are both wrong? If so, what is ...
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The Earth vs. Earth [duplicate]

What's the difference between 'the Earth' and 'Earth'? Why is there an article before Earth on the first sentence, and none on the second one? 1) Sputnik, Russian for fellow traveller around the ...
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No 'the' in front of noun/title

I'm struggling to understand whether or not I can exclude the in front of Countess' Suffering/Pain? This is meant to be a title, as in a book title (but not necessarily that), and I was wondering if ...
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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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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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Usage of the definite articles with personal names

Could you tell me if the following sentence is correct or not? It seems to me that it is not correct because as I know, definite articles are never used with personal names. The only thing that I ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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“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 ...