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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Why there is no article before “heire”?

The following passage is from All's Well That Ends Well: Shee is young, wise, faire, In these, to Nature shee's immediate heire: And these breed honour: According to the research I did on Cambridge ...
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Indefinite article before “format”

I need to use this word with the following meaning: the way in which data is stored or held to be worked on by a computer This particular dictionary doesn't say anything about whether this word is ...
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Indefinite article - are there any exceptions for proper nouns? “an Aristides” vs “Aristides”

I was going through Leviathan[enter link description here of Hobbes today and I think I spotted an error. "and every Citizen bringing his Oystershell into the market place, written with the name of ...
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Reasons for such choice vs. reasons for such a choice

I opt for beans, despite them being roughly twice as expensive per unit of weight. There are important health reasons for such choice. or I opt for beans, despite them being roughly twice as ...
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'to own land in' vs 'to own a land in' [closed]

I am surprised to see so many results for 'to own a land in' in Google. Why does 'land' take an indefinite article when it is clearly an mass noun, or is it just a shortcut for 'to own a plot of land'?...
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“An autonomous being” vs “autonomous being”? When to place an indefinite article? [duplicate]

He treats her as property rather than an autonomous being. or He treats her as property rather than autonomous being. Which of the above sentences is correct and why?
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a/an expected completion date? [duplicate]

Question is pretty self-explanatory. Either way, a date on a calendar is a date. When it becomes unexpected, it sounds right to me to say an unexpected date instead of a unexpected date. Same for when ...
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How to determine whether I need to use an article before a noun? Can I skip using a, an or the altogether? [migrated]

How to determine whether I need to use an article before a noun? Can I skip using a, an or the altogether? This doubt has arisen because grammarly points out many a times to me to use determiner ...
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Zero article before nouns in the commonest sense

I am interested in whether the article can be omitted in a phrase like The Ideas About a Woman in Roman Literature (as in the name of a scientific article). Is the article needed here at all, since ...
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Which article to use

1. Enabling the 'show-copy-button' option adds the 'copy' button to the toolbar. 2. Enabling the 'show-copy-button' option adds a 'copy' button to the toolbar. This is just of the one examples, ...
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Do you need to specify indefinite articles in a comma separated list?

Let's say I've got an apple, a banana, and an orange. Which of the following are ok, if any? I've got an apple, banana, and an orange. I've got an apple, banana, and orange. The actual sentence I'...
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“a” or “an” before MoU [duplicate]

I have a doubt regarding the rules to use article "an" before words with vowel sound.  As per the rules, we should use "an" before MoU, but I have seen "a" before it at some places. For instance, ...
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Use of 'an hire' in legal writing [duplicate]

I received legal documents pertaining to hiring in which every use of the word 'hire' was proceded by the indefinite article 'an'. Example: An hire takes place once... Is this correct or ...
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Definite or indefinite article when describing a historical person

According to this question: Definite and indefinite articles when introducing a person one can use a definite, indefinite or no article at all when introducing a particular person. Which option is the ...
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Articles and Prepositions: “At/The mountain of…” and “…descended in/on her head” [closed]

The/A mountain of family responsibilities had already descended in/on her head. According to me, it is in her head. But I am not 100% sure about the answer because in the net various answers are ...
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Indefinite Article before a government institution [closed]

A Delhi court today ordered attachment of properties of businessman Vijay Mallya, who was declared a proclaimed offender for evading summons in a money laundering case related to FERA violation.
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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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“Small talk” or “a small talk”?

I am not sure if the following sentence is correct: I do not like a small talk. Should it be “a small talk” or “small talk”?
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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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Why is the article used in “downloading a scammer's files”? [closed]

Is there a rule about such cases? I just can not understand. Downloading a scammer's files. The name of the video from YouTube.
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About the usage of “an” in this context

To believe a person is not necessarily to treat him as an original authority. He is an original authority on what he himself has done and seen and heard: I say an original authority because I only ...
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Pass me the almond cookie V/s Pass me an almond cookie

Sentence:Pass me the almond cookie. Why does this sentence not framed like -"Pass me an almond cookie" IS it because the person wants "the almond cookie" out of all other cookies. Because the ...
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“You are legend” or “You are a legend” Which one is correct or are they both correct? [closed]

     Which of the above is correct or are they both correct? You are LEGEND my friend. You are 'a' LEGEND my friend. He is legend. He is 'a' legend.
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The collective noun 'duck' [closed]

I know that collective nouns don't take the indefinite article as the one in the following construction: They had 'duck' for lunch. But is it Ok if we use it In the same construction, especially, ...
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Is 'parenthesis' singular in this utterance, is it correct to introduce it with the article 'a'?

Which is correct, introducing parenthesis with a ... Which three types of punctuation can be used to separate a parenthesis from the rest of the sentence? OR ...
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“It is true statement” vs. “It is a true statement”

When there is a statement written, and we want to comment on it, which of the following is correct, and why? It is true statement. or It is a true statement.
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Should indefinite articles be included in quotation-marks?

E.g. I am writing about a book and I am quoting the author on how he reacted on Nov 8. Is He hugged an "FT columnist, a fellow bruised, battered and besieged liberal-minded metrosexual, and ...
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definite vs indefinite article before noun + “of”

I thought that I should always use "the" in front of noun + "of" since the noun is specified. But, I see some exceptions like: A leaf can reach a diameter of 15 feet. What is the rule of using an ...
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Should one use “an” or an “a” before an acronym beginning with the letter H? [duplicate]

Consider the sentence: He offered to be an HSC. vs: He offered to be a HSC. In the example above, HSC stands for Health Service Consultant. If one were saying the sentence aloud, one would ...
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In “her tea is a pale brown”, is the indefinite article “a” used correctly?

"Ultimately, as always, we compromise and her tea is a pale brown". Isn't the "a" redundant here? It sounds wrong to me.
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Use of an indefinite article associated with a particular person's name [duplicate]

Indefinite (and definite) articles are sometimes associated with a person's name. This answer by Jon Hanna is the best summary of the uses I have found. Also, another question addresses the issue ...
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usage of ‘indefinite article + proper name’?

I’ve just come across this sentence. “Only an Albert Einstein could have the wisdom to reject an offer to become President of Israel because he argued that he did not have enough experience in ...
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In “A plethora of”, should I use “A” always? [closed]

A plethora of problems Plethora of problems Are both ok? Because in many articles, "A" is not written.
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When to use “A” before a proper noun? [duplicate]

I wonder if we can put "A" before a proper noun. Here's an example I found on Google: As a Vietnam veteran I remembered that it was 16 years after my tour in Vietnam. I wish to know why the author ...
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Question about using “a” in sentence [closed]

I don’t even know how to accurately ask this question, but I need to know which of the following is correct: Tom Smith is an Arizona native and partner at the Law Offices of Smith & Smith. Or ...
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Which article should be used in documenting arguments to a software function

If I have a function, e.g., function processDirectory(input, relPath, output) {} And I want to document its parameters, shall I use the or an article? For example, input - the path to the source ...
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More questions on articles

I am struggling with the definite article. I have checked other posts and examples. But often I stumble upon some cases which I just can't fathom, and can't make them fit into the given examples. #...
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Not specifying the amount that you eat/drink

You don't need to specify the amount that you eat/drink for some things: I drink cranberry juice. I eat fried chicken. I eat bread with butter. You can't do this for other things: I ...
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“A homomorphism” or “an homomorphism”

Which one of these constructions An homomorphism A homomorphism is correct in American English? I see both uses in research paper. Also the wikipedia page uses both construction in the same ...
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A or an before slash phrase? A or an before parenthetical phrase equivalent to slash phrase? [duplicate]

NOT A DUPLICATE! The other question only asks about parenthetical phrases, not slash phrases. The other question's parenthetical phrase (answer(s) explained that it's not really a parenthetical ...
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Omission of definite articles before abstract nouns [closed]

I was going through the Grammarly blog about indefinite articles and its usage and the writer used this to exemplify the omission of articles: Incorrect: The creativity is a valuable quality in ...
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an article question: ___ higher speed (a vs none)

I randomly found these four sentences from the internet: "light travels at higher speed as compared to shadow” "which light has a higher speed, red or blue light?“ “What makes a mechanical clock ...
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use of indefinite article before many varying uncountable nouns [duplicate]

I have been trying to find a rule or set of rules to explain how 'a' and 'an' are used with uncountable nouns, mainly to understand the many exceptions that I have been thinking of recently. Consider ...
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Determiner and reference grammatical yet don't match in number [duplicate]

I came across this sentence while checking a student's English journal: "It was unforgettable eight days." What sounds more natural to me would be: "It was an unforgettable eight days." However, "...
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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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Questions about indefinite articles before uncountable nouns

I know that you're not usually supposed to use articles before uncountable nouns but that there are sometimes exceptions to this rule. I'm a bit stumped by when the exception applies and when it doesn'...
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Using articles for generalization

I'm learning such difficult part of English grammar as Articles. So far I've already studied that articles are a mess and full of contadictions. Right now I'm learning this topic from several sources ...
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Should I write “a n-tuple” or “an n-tuple” [duplicate]

While writing a math paper, I have met many places to determine which indefinite articles should I use before a math symbol. Another example is "a/an f-exceptional divisor", here f is a math symbol ...
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indefinite article before I(0)

I'm writing my thesis and need to write: "[...] and a/an I0 of [...]" and am puzzled about which indefinite article to use. I(q) is a symbol for intensity as a function of the momentum transfer q ...
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Is it necessary to add “a” before the noun in this sentence? [closed]

Consider the sentence fragment: ...as Business Development Representative, I would... If Business Development Representative describes a role occupied by a single person (for example, "as ...