Questions tagged [indefinite-articles]

An article is a word that combines with a noun to indicate the type of reference being made by the noun.

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Definite/indefinite article when we talk about something that is known to some people only

We use the definite article for things that were already introduced to a reader or the ones already familiar to everyone. A have a cat. The car is red. The Sun is yellow. But what about ...
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Does the structure “an example of” take a plural or a singular noun or both?

For instance, are the following sentences grammatical, and do they mean the same thing or have different meanings? 1. Cheese is an example of protien-rich food. 2. Cheese is an example of a protein-...
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Improper usage of Indefinite article [duplicate]

"Grammarly" tells me that sentence: I am a bad table. is correct, but the following sentence: I am a bad trash. is not correct. Can you explain me why?
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generic statements with indefinite articles

If I said, "An earnest wish is a prayer." Am I referring to one, unspecified wish or am I making a universal generalization that all wishes in the past and present are prayers. A cat is a mammal --...
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Using an article plus an adjective without a noun and another article plus a singular noun [duplicate]

Please consider the following, guys. I met a good and a bad mother on the way here What I am trying to say: There were two mothers, one bad and one good. Is it okay to use that construction? Or need I ...
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Indefinite article question

I am going through a lesson on articles. I've learned that a definite article is used to identify a particular person or thing. If you are speaking about someone or something you are already familiar ...
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When “a” before plural form can be used?

On BBC website I have read the article "Coronavirus: How to open a hairdressers after lockdown". Why is "a" particle used before plural form of a noun? Isn't that incorrect?
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Phone, a phone, or the phone [closed]

Which option is correct and why? I want to talk about smartphones in general. Phone is a distraction. A phone is a distraction. The phone is a distraction. Thanks!
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Indefinite article with fuel and pleasure

Is food fuel or pleasure for you? Do we need indefinite article in the question? Can we really count pleasure/pleasures or fuel/fuels? Your considerations please!
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Usage of articles with phrases

No article is used before a noun used in phrases as: to leave home, to send word, to catch fire, etc etc. Examples: He sent me word to see him. He left home. Here is my question: why do not these ...
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“There is good reason” vs “there is a good reason”

There was a similar question about the sentence without reason compared to without reasons. However here I want to ask you, is it idiomatic (and in which particular parts of the world) to omit the ...
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Articles when describing commercial logos [closed]

I shoot stock photography and sometimes I post pictures showing logos of business corporations. Usually I use a phrase like "The logo of Orange S.A., a French telecommunications company" etc. Is this ...
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Why do some people write the indefinite article “a” before vowels?

According to the rule, the article "a" is for consonants and the article "an" is for vowels. Nevertheless, I have seen it frequently that many use the article "a" with both vowels and consonants. For ...
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“A low LDL level” vs “low LDL level”

Which is grammatically accurate : "Mrs.Anna has a low LDL level" Or "Mrs.Anna has low LDL level" I want to go with the first sentence.
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An adjective brings an article with it. What's the general rule?

I often notice that the presence of an adjective causes an article to appear where, in the absence of the adjective, there would not be an article. For example: here's a quote from William Dunham's ...
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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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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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what is the difference between two sentence? why we use introductory subject [duplicate]

There is a man of the roof A man is on the roof both sentence are giving information. my questions is why we use introductory subject?
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The syntax of 'a mere one stroke', 'a mere one game', etc

However, Bryson DeChambeau seized the lead by the end of Friday's second round and was a mere one stroke ahead of Reed and Erik van Rooyen. (From Bleacher Report) It seems that a here is not a ...
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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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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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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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Why do we use indefinite articles?

I was elementary school student vs I was an elementary school student. Why is the first sentence incorrect? And why do we need that "an"??
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Difference between “Need assistance?” and “Need an assistance”? [closed]

Which is the correct way to write on a website and address my website's users? 1) Need assistance? Contact us by email... or 2) Need an assistance? Contact us by email...
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“Architecture”: Countable or Uncountable

Cambridge Dictionary lists "architecture" as uncountable noun. https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/architecture noun [ U ] Thus, it shouldn't take indefinite article; it shouldn't ...
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The usage of article 'an' in the following case [duplicate]

It is common to use 1a an historical event 2a an hotel rather than 1b a historical event 2b a hotel Why 'an' is used in such case?
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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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Does 'throwback' require an indefinite article?

Should it be ‘a cheeky little throwback’ or just ‘cheeky little throwback’ Any help would be appreciated
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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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“a” or “an” in MSc [duplicate]

When I was writing out a degree title, I recall the "rule" "a" comes before a consonant "an" comes before a vowel but then I naturally used to say that "I have an MSc degree" just for ease of ...
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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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“what a + noun” vs “what + noun”

When should I use "what a + noun" and when just "what + noun", in case "what" acts as a determiner? For example: 1a. What a mistake he made! 1b. What mistake he made! 2a. He realizes ...
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Usage of Indefinite Article

I am wondering whether both of the following sentences are acceptable: (A) Only water bottles with "caps" are allowed in this area. (B) Only water bottles with "a" cap are allowed in this area. If ...
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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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Why articles being ommited sometime? [closed]

Sometime before nouns there's no definite or indefinite articles like in this sentence (before representatives and congressional districts): The House of Representative is composed of ...
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'On behalf of' usage

I have read many sentences making use of 'on behalf of' meaning 'as a representative of'. I know behalf is a noun, so when we could use 'on the behalf of' in a sentence? I consulted many websites, but ...
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Why would “an mule” be used instead of “a mule”? [closed]

As generally agreed and as extensively discussed in this question, "an" should be used in place of the more common "a" where the following word begins with a vowel sound. I have just encountered for ...
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“A larger” vs “larger” to describe the sample size of a study

I wrote a sentence: A study with a larger sample size is required to make more conclusive remarks. Grammarly tells me it should be, "A study with larger sample size is required to make more ...
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“It was an April” vs “It was in April” [closed]

"It was an April afternoon. And the warm breezes of approaching summer had sent everyone, including Grandfather, indoors". The above sentences are from the story 'Adventures in a Banyan Tree' by ...
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comparative adjective + a + noun

a) When can I use "comparative adjective + a + noun" and when not? When can I add "a + noun" after "comparative adjective" and when not? b) What is the difference between "comparative adjective + a + ...
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Repetition of the indefinite article with several nouns

Now there's another question for the repetition of indefinite article with several adjectives, but my question here is rather about nouns. Examples: She's a manager and a shareholder. or She's ...
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Is it incorrect to write “I rate this book a 3 out of 4 stars?”

I was informed by a new editor that the sentence "I rate this book a 3 out of 4 stars" is incorrect. In the words of the editor - ""A" is wrongly inserted; you have already used "this" as a determiner,...
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Why does reversing the rules of “an” vs “a” make speech easier at times? [duplicate]

Background From what I’ve learned during grade school, information which can easily be found online, you should use an when the following word starts with a vowel: "An animal" "An alien" "An ewok" ...
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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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Articles with Spatial Prepositions

Are both sentences correct? with and without the indefinite article (a): She lives two minutes' walk from the station She lives a two minutes' walk from the station
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Why there is no article before venture capital firm in “Beller’s first high-profile role was at venture capital firm Andreessen Horwitz, ..”?

Beller’s first high-profile role was at venture capital firm Andreessen Horwitz, where she was a partner on the deal team between 2013 and 2016. Source Does the same rule apply to the sentence above ...
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Should a sentence have a comma before the quotation when the quotation is given an indefinite article?

See the following: I heard the man shout out a, “Good luck, lad!” Should there be a comma after a? Thanks!
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Using “The” at the beginning of a sentence [duplicate]

Which one is better? And why? The contracted personnel can be employed by the institution. Contracted personnel can be employed by the institution.

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