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“Sun rises in the east” or “The sun rises in the east” [duplicate]

I am really confused about the usage of articles with proper nouns like sun. Which of the following is correct? Sun rises in the east. The sun rises in the east.
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“to church” and “to the church” [duplicate]

What is the reason for using "to" and "to the" before the word "church" in different parts of this passage? On Sundays, we always went to church. After breakfast, the carriage took Ambrose and me ...
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Uncountables: When can I use “the” before the word “nature”? [closed]

I was correcting my homework and the correct answer was: "The students from Oxford are going to study nature in Kenya" But I just learned that if the uncountables is followed by a preposition I ...
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Term for a phrase that gives scope to a definite article?

Is there a grammatical term for a phrase that supplies the scope for a definite article? Like "the man in the moon" or "the book on the shelf"?
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Articles with proper nouns as adjectives [duplicate]

Do I need to use articles in front of proper nouns that are used as adjectives? Examples: "I joined [the] Warp Engine team." "I want to share [the] Warp Engine roadmap with you."
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What does “Using a plural form of a countable noun when you want to make a general statement about all things of a particular type.” actually mean?

This site says: Using a plural form of a countable noun when you want to make a general statement about all things of a particular type. Books are so important in my life. (all books in ...
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the vulnerability of (a/the/no article) domestic market [duplicate]

The sentence is: One of the limitations of liberalization is that it increases the vulnerability of (a/the/no article) domestic market to foreign shocks. Am I free to use either 'the', 'a', or no ...
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What's the rules for using figure captions? [duplicate]

For example, I have the following situation: An/The example of a password is shown in Figure 1. a picture goes here Figure 1 - An/The example of a password What article should I use? Should I say "...
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Why does the speaker use the indefinite article in 'This is the last time you are seeing A guy like this'? [closed]

Last night I was watching a movie and towards the end of the movie there was a dialogue which goes like this -- "This is the last time you are seeing a guy like this." The speaker was telling this ...
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“How is USA” vs “How is the USA”? [duplicate]

One of my colleagues has been to the USA recently, and I want to ask him how the country is. Which of the below is grammatically correct? How is USA? or How is the USA? Is "the" ...
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Using the definite article describing a general thing [closed]

I have a question about using articles. Consider the following sentence. "The/a right side of a rectangle can be found ..." "The perimeter of a rectangle may be / is found by" The question is : ...
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An article before 'custom/default/`

I have a question about using articles. I have always problems with understanding this topic. The question is following : Do we need to use an article before adjective, that have the similar ...
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Not using the definite article for “baby” [duplicate]

In the British show Call The Midwife, which is a show about midwifery, a lot of the dialogue is about babies. Whenever someone refers to a specific baby, they never use the definite article. So "That'...
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Using the right article in a sentence [closed]

What is the right article in this sentence? I'm talking about a regular pending icon used to indicate that an element is editable: When I hover a block that's being edited, it wouldn't show (a|the|...
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How often do you go to “the” or “a” dentist?

I answered the below question and got it wrong. I wonder why? It was a fill in the blank type question. How often do you go to ______ dentist? I wrote "How often do you go to a dentist?" The ...
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Use of article in referring to carboxylic acids in a generic sense

Premises: Carboxylic acids are a class of organic acids. Both acetic acid and lauric acid are examples of carboxylic acids. In example 1, 10 g of acetic acid was added to the solution. In example 2, ...
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Definite article or zero article? [closed]

I am writing a mathematical paper. There is a certain sequence (3) in the paper. I write: Lemma 4.5. The sequence (3) is exact. Is that correct, or should I better write with the zero article, ...
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Put in 'the' or not?

I am a novice translator working on a company document. I've always been confused about whether to put in 'the' or not in front of a noun in an English sentence. I know if the noun is a particular one,...
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Definite article [closed]

I'm a little bit confused about the articles in the following sentence: We celebrated the New Year by the campfire on a riverbank (...) we stayed at a campsite just up the road from the campfire ...
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“Most of us” or “the most of us”?

Isn't "the" in "the most of us" redundant? Context: We all strive for safety, prosperity, comfort, long life, and dullness. The deer strives with his supple legs, the cowman with trap and poison, ...
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“a” sharp tongue vs. “the” pointing finger

“Arrogance is a creature. It does not have senses. It has only a sharp tongue and the pointing finger.” ― Toba Beta I'd like to ask a question concerning indefinite and definite articles on the quote ...
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“Received widespread adoption”: Why the absence of definite article?

So in the sentence: The technology has received widespread adoption. Why isn't the grammatically correct form be something like: The technology has received a widespread adoption. Or: The ...
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Others and The others [closed]

In an IQ test, I was presented with these two sentences followed by a question. I've highlighted the difference between the sentences. A: Some of the boys in the party on Thursday wore black suits. ...
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Which is more accepted: “hoi polloi”, or “the hoi polloi”?

I've seen that both 'hoi polloi' and 'the hoi polloi' can be used. Does anyone know which is more accepted or correct? Or are they the same?
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Should it be “demand” or “the demand”?

Demand for new cars in the U.S. increased in 2016. We expect demand for new cars to increase in 2017. Demand for new cars in the U.S. increased in 2016. We expect the demand for new cars to increase ...
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I work in a hospital or I work in the hospital [duplicate]

I am wondering : I work in a hospital or I work in the hospital ? She works on a plane or she works on the plane ? thanks
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When should and shouldn't I use “the” before the words “present”, “past” and “future”? [closed]

When should and shouldn't I use the before the words present, past and future?
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Why is there no definite article in this sentence?

So today my Japanese student asked me why there is no "the" before "turnout" in the following paragraph. But Becker said that while turnout in purple states like Florida and Pennsylvania had a ...
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Use of second “the” in “The Art of the Deal”?

I don't know, but I always feel the use of the second the in Trump's book title "The Art of the Deal" is weird. It sounds like it's referring to a specific deal that he made. We wouldn't say "The Art ...
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Definite article before 'God' [closed]

In which cases can we use definite article before 'God'?
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What’s the difference between “the using of this machine” and “using my neighbour’s wifi”?

Please consider these two different sentences*: I am aware of the using of this machine. I am accused of using my neighbour’s wifi. Why do we use the article the before the using in the first ...
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“a rabbit’s foot” vs. “the rabbit’s foot”

I’m confused about the use of the indefinite article a in the following passage: My lucky charm is a rabbit’s foot that I received as a gift on my birthday. I don't really know if it has ever ...
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Use of “the” after the prepostion “of”

Consider the following sentences: We live under the shade of the magnetic canopy of the Earth. We live under the shade of the magnetic canopy of Earth. We live under the shade of magnetic ...
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Usage of a/the for “untold number of” [closed]

In "Cambridge preparation to TOEFL"'93 book I've found the phrase: _ untold number of people perished while attempting to cross Death Valley. The correct answer is "an". But I have that feeling that ...
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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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Possessives (“his”, “her”) versus definite article (“the”)

"He led her by the hand." "I hit him in the jaw." "She closed her eyes." In the first two examples one doesn't say "her hand" and in the second one doesn't say "his jaw". But in the third one says ...
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usage of an indefinite article

I'm stuck on the sentence. May we put an indefinite article in the sentence below if we talk about the object in general? Here is the example: Is it possible to find out the height of a triangle if ...
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Is it grammatical to use the definite article in these two cases?

Kindly have a look at the following paragraph: The Grade 11 English Text aims to develop students' reading and writing skills and at the same time provides opportunities to improve the listening ...
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is “the” required before “buyer” and “seller” in a contract? [closed]

Part of a contract introduces the seller and then says, "henceforth referred to as seller" and the buyer, and says, "henceforth referred to as buyer". I am noticing saying "the seller", "the buyer" ...
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How to prevent a sentence beginning with the word “The”? [closed]

I am writing a technical thesis and find myself using the word the an awful lot. Here are some examples (I spare the technical gibberish): The main purpose of the presented applications is to ...
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Why do “carnival” and “conference” lack the definite article? [closed]

...this seems common in British usage, at least. Do these two kinds of noun have something in common? They are usually capitalised as proper nouns. Examples of usage: "Stewarding at Conference is a ...
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Should there be a definite article here?

In the following, should there be a "the" in front of "standard of living"? Assess the extent to which the improvement of standard of living in Japan is dependent on the openness of the economy.
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Repeating the definite article

I have a question about repeating the definite article. At my job, we have to discuss various cost elements. In our reports, people never repeat the definite article, but I think it's necessary. Here ...
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Why is “the half” wrong in this sentence? [closed]

I have a question about this sentence from my grammar book. It says, Half this money is mine, and half is yours. (not the half). Why is it wrong to use "the half" in this sentence? Could you say, "...
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Use of the definite article by Hemingway in “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, in a way that doesn't seem to mimic Spanish grammar

I am not a native English speaker, but I've been studying English for a couple of decades now... And recently I decided to read "For Whom the Bell Tolls". I know that in this book Hemingway writes in ...
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Usage of the definite article when citing laws

I have noticed that when articles of a law are mentioned in a text there is no definite article. For example, it is usually "Article 4" and not "the Article 4". Would some please explain me the rule? ...
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Definitive article usage

I am not a 100% sure if article the is required in the following sentence: Unable to connect to the server Could someone explain if it is required or not and why?
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Omitting the article before an enumeration of technical tasks

I have the following sentence: Acquisition, processing, analysis, and visualization of big data pose challenges at all layers of a computer system. Should I omit a "The" at the beginning of the ...
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The [City] station vs [City] station ~ Definite article

I have an easy question about the usage of the definite article in a context like: " the station of [City name]" What are the differences between these sentences? A) The station of Rome is one of ...
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Can “that” act as “the” article? [closed]

Under entry *buy" in Longman it reads: buy off-plan if you buy property off-plan, you buy a house, flat etc that is just starting to be built, with an arrangement to pay part of the cost of ...

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