Questions tagged [definite-articles]

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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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In DOCX format or in the DOCX format?

Which is correct: “In DOCX format” or “in the DOCX format”? I’m seeing the variant without “the” a lot. But it seems like there should be “the”. Can you clarify, please? Thanks.
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Can “other story” work without a definite article (for a title)?

As far as I know, “Other story” is an expression often used in conjunction with the definite article "the," as in "the other story goes" or "the other story says". In some cases I've seen it used ...
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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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When can't we use the article “the”? [migrated]

There is an exercise about articles. We must put the necessary article in the underlined places, if necessary, and “x” if it is not. There we went shopping at the (Correct is: x) Harrods, visited the ...
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Dropping the article before government agency abbreviations?

I live in Washington DC and work for a government contractor. In conversation, people often drop the "the" before the acronym of a federal agency. For example, someone might say "I heard FDA is ...
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the/a right person and the tallest person

Why is it 'tallest person' always only takes 'the,' and that 'right person' may sometimes take 'a' depending on what you mean? I don't know how I should put it, but the 'comparative superlative + ...
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When considering titles of scientific papers, why are definite and indefinite articles omitted sometimes? [duplicate]

Is it a rule or is it a sign of bad English among foreign researchers and scientists? Example: Observation of Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Entanglement on Supraquantum Structures by Induction Through ...
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Use of definite article before occupation

I often see the definite article being omitted in texts about famous people. For instance: Towards the end of his life, avant garde composer John Cage turned to visual art But I also see that it ...
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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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a or the - in the sentence: or maybe i'm just copy pasting from the website i've just came across

I'm having trouble understanding what will sound more correct in the sentence when i'm describing some software functionality to a user and i'm what i could be doing with it. Would it be "A website ...
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I am confused which articles will be used in the questions mentioned below

I have done __ MBA in marketing from __ IIM. I have done __ MBA in marketing from __ Indian Institute of Management. Options.... An A The No article
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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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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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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 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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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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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 “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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Use of the definite article “the” before “church”

I was in a Teacher's selection for a school in my country, and one of the coordinators said that she heard a mistake from another teacher that was unacceptable. I tried to figure out why was that, but ...
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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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Can the definite article be omitted when referring to a person qualified by a noun?

Is there a difference between these references to a specific person: "The implication is clear: as the psychologist Jonathan Haidt said..." and "The implication is clear: as psychologist ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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“You're missing the posts only available to members” — should there be a “the” in there?

Consider this sentence: You're missing posts only available to members. I think it should actually be You're missing the posts available only to members or at least You're missing the ...
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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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Use of 'the’ in front of acronyms

I tend to not use the word ‘the’ in front of acronyms, but I see this used in documents more and more. REIP provides regional outreach services to Northeastern Ontario. or The REIP provides ...
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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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Why use “the” for oceans/seas/rivers etc. but not lakes?

Possibly two questions in here: Are these sentence constructions logical, and if they are, why are they different? I swam across the Ocmulgee River. I swam across the Pacific Ocean. I swam ...
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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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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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