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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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Omission of definite article before common nouns in pairs

I am well aware that the usage of, or the omission of, the definite article "the" has been a frequently asked question, here and elsewhere. I have read up on existing questions on this matter. (But I ...
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Usage of a/the articles, when an object is determined by “that…”

In "Cambridge preparation to TOEFL"'93 book I've found the phrase: The old woman made a special tea with __ herb that smelled of oranges. The correct answer is "an". But the woman added the specific ...
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Use of articles before proper nouns of person

In a closed question to a related topic on this forum, the following was suggested as an answer: "Another is to use a proper noun as an example of particular traits that could also be held by others (...
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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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Articles with proper names

It's correct to use the definite article before the name of a river, canal, sea and ocean: When my father dies, we will have to wash him, wrap him in rich cloth, cremate him, and then sprinkle ...
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“Here is a list of all (the) modified files.” Should I write “the” or not?

In this sentence: Here is a list of all modified files. Do I write the before modified or not ? I know that plural nouns often lose the article, but I'm not sure with this sentence.
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Definite and indefinite articles when introducing a person

No article is used when introducing a person. This ended terribly for Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi; eight years after giving up his nuclear program, the US intervened against him in the Libyan civil ...
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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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Confusion about when to use definite article when writing about “concepts”

Should the following sentences include a definite article? (The) management of different implementations is realised using a factory design pattern. There are two ways of measuring (the) availability:...
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Is “the” needed in the following scenario?

I am just going to make a scenario of which nothing has been mentioned before in my paper. The scenario is as follows: A biology student hears, while she is cooking in the kitchen, that someone on ...
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When I needed you most vs When I needed you the most

This question happens to remind of an oldie song by Randy Vanwarmer, but I was wondering if the two are the same in effect or if they can be different, if at all, or if it's just a matter of ...
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Q: Optional use of 'the' referring to “daily life of” vs. “daily life as”

Helping a recent graduate with a cover letter and ran into an interesting question about 'the'. Please consider these two passages: ... As a result, I have a better understanding of both the ...
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Articles before nouns and “or” conjunction

I am trying to understand the correct use of articles before nouns that are separated by "or". For example. It doesn't matter whether you are a mobile or a frontend developer .... Or it should ...
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Question about “the remains of wallet”

The following is from a texbook. When they got home, Jane cooked their dinner in the microwave oven and without realizing it, cooked her fiancé's wallet as well. Imagine their dismay when they ...
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Three sentences regarding the definitive article in technical/mathematical writing

I am writing a 40-page (technical) paper about mathematics. Most grammar advice is easy to find. But, the hardest part I have been struggling the past days is when to use the definitive article. The ...
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“Any individual” vs “the particular”

I want to say that certain works in a plant need to be adapted according to the specific requirements of each individual operating unit within the plant, and I'm not sure whether both any individual ...
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How to use the definite article “the” when listing a number of things

One of the most difficult things for non native speakers are the definite / indefinite articles. I have doubts how to use the definite article when listing few things. The particular sentence is: ...
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Why would someone say “the American consumer” instead of “the American consumers”?

As in "The Survey of the American Consumer" or "The state of the American consumer". Why is the phrase singular?
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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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prototypical noun versus element noun

Could anybody please help me read this part of an article correctly. The author, I think, says Santiago is a typical city and each of the typical cities has one hospital. I don't quite understand ...
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The use of the definite article to refer to generic nouns

I was reading John Lawler's dissertation on the use of generic nouns and found the following example sentences. correct : (A) The unicorn is a mythical beast resembling the horse. correct : (B) The ...
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Use of definite article in cross-references

When referencing a chapter or section in a book, when should I use "the" in front of them? For example, considering the sentences: (The) Chapter 5 presents X and Y. or X, detailed in (the) ...
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Using the definite article “the” in a particular sentence

Is it absolutely necessary to use "the" or "his"before the word "illness" in the following sentence to make it correct? Last winter Victor got such a serious infection that it took him two months ...
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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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Use of “THE” article in passage

In some passage, I've noticed that the "the" article is used before some words at the first time but it is not used at the second time before the words. As example, In this passage: You might ...
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Use of articles and plurality in “A book is my best friend and teacher”

Could anyone tell me what's wrong with this sentence below : "A book is my best friend and teacher. " It just doesn't sound right to me. My tries are as follows : The book is the best friend and ...
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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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“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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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 pre-list noun - definite or null article?

So, my language intuition is at a bit of an impasse. I'm describing the contents of a study module and I've arrived at the following sentence: "The qualification consists of...and one optional unit ...
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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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Omitting the definite article: “outlaw the deprivation of liberty” vs “outlaw deprivation of liberty”

As a non-native speaker, I'm often unsure whether I should put the before certain words. I'm currently writing an academic paper and I have this problem with the phrase "deprivation of liberty", which ...
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Should I put “The” before “Another”?

Suppose I want to write in an academic paper, We have two ways to approach the problem. One approach is use .... Another approach is to ... Should I put the article 'the' before another?
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“I remember a time” vs. “I remember the time”

I remember a time she was working as a waitress. I remember the time she was working as a waitress. Which of these is correct? And why?
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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 that “the most” or just “most” to be used for a superlative of an adverb?

I wonder whether to use the determinant "the" when it is to be used for superlative of an adverb as follows: (A) These neurons innervate most densely to layer 1. (B) These neurons innervate ...