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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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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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Why is article being used in “arrested a second time”? [migrated]

I've faced the following sentence in my textbook: He was arrested a second time. The task was not about articles (I do not really remember what was it), but the article made me think. Why would we ...
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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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“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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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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Eggplant vs. An Eggplant [duplicate]

Can anyone please explain the difference between the two sentences? Which one implies cooking some of the eggplant and which one implies cooking the whole eggplant? How to cook eggplant How to cook ...
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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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“A men's washroom” — unusual usage of the indefinite article

An article placed in front of a possessive noun normally refers to that noun. However, every once in a while I come across expressions like "a men's washroom" in which the possessive form of "men" is ...
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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 ...
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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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sound or spelling to determine the choice of indefinite article [duplicate]

Is it correct to use indefinite articles based on the spelling of a word or the way it's pronounced? Would we say "Take an NHS leaflet." or "Take a NHS leaflet."? Also, what is the case with words ...
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As a nurse Jane Doe once said / As nurse Jane Doe once said? [closed]

I am having difficulties deciding whether to use an indefinite article when quoting a person with their job mentioned as per the title. As nurse Jane Doe once said: ... or As a nurse Jane Doe once ...
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When to omit an indefinite article? [duplicate]

We are discussing the sentence "Trump became president." Saw this on a Netflix series, 'Trump: An American Dream.' Isn't "president" countable? If so, why can you omit indefinite article?
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Use indefinite article or omit it

Could you explain to me why there is no article before «parent» but there is the indefinite article before «meeting»? Is possible to use the article in the first case or omit it in the second? Say ...
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Which one is right: Prepare 'the project specification' or 'a project specification'? [duplicate]

Recently I've encountered a problem with articles' usage in one specific case. (Articles aren't the strongest part of my English proficiency) Which one should I use? Prepare the project ...
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as+/-indefinite article : as a student/as student [duplicate]

I learned that "as cook" is correct than "as a cook" if their job is cook. So "He served as conductor of Boston Philharmonic." is also correct. However, from http://gregmankiw.blogspot.kr/2007/03/my-...
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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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How to explain why “a” is used with “mere” when referring to a number [duplicate]

The phrase in question was "They scored a mere two goals."
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Is usage of word “some” has the same meaning as indefinite article?

Is that true that the indefinite article can be always replaced with word "some" and it will be nearly always the same meaning? Examples: I have bought a house = I have bought some house I ...
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indefinite article usage: “a thing of something can be found here” vs. “the thing of something can be found here”

I had an argument with my colleague about the usage of the indefinite article in this sentence: this system uses OAuth 2 as an authentication scheme, a documentation of the authentication service ...
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indefinite articles in 'pose a threat' and 'cause harm'

Can I confirm that you always need the indefinite article in the phrase 'he poses a threat to his community'? Can you ever instead say 'he poses threat to his community'? Separately, do you always ...
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What/such + [indefinite article] + uncountable noun (without an adjective)

I have tried to do a bit of research on the topic, but to no avail. Can uncountable nouns which are not determined by an adjective or a subordinate clause be used with the indefinite article for ...
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Using 'a' before ''sound sleep'' [closed]

Should I need to use an 'a' before 'sound sleep' in this sentence ? ''He was in sound sleep'' Regards
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Which Sunday do you prefer, if Sunday is OK with you?

Which Sunday do you prefer, if Sunday is OK with you? Is the above sentence grammatically correct and natural? I'd like answers both from BrE and AmE speakers. Sorry for my short, abrupt question. ...
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Is it a discus or the discus when speaking about the sports type [duplicate]

I was wondering if I want to say that I can throw discus which is correct, if I want to say that I know how to do this type of sports: 1. I can throw discus 2. I can throw the discus 3. I can do ...
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Boy and girl meet (Why no article?)

This article 'My Partner Is Ready To Get Married And I'm Not—What Do I Do?' starts with this: If you’ve ever watched a romantic comedy, you know the drill. Boy and girl meet, fall in love, and all ...
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How to ask about notion meaning in plural from? [closed]

If I want to ask about some notion mentioning it in plural? Should I use "is" or "are"? What is coroutines? or What are coroutines? or better avoid such a forms and be strightforward What is ...
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Why do you say “Do you have “a” euro?” Rather than “an” Euro? [duplicate]

Do you have a euro? I saw the above sentence and do not understand why you say "a" instead of "an"? You say Do you have "an" umbrella?, but Do you have "a" pound?
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Indefinite articles and chemical elements (“an Mg salt”?)

I am working on chemistry papers and I came across the term "a Mg salt". I am unsure if chemical elements are read out as their constituent letters (for example, "em gee" for Mg) or if you read them ...