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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 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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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 ...