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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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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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"a shirt in (a) (size) small"

To me, these versions sound natural and idiomatic: I'd like this/a shirt in a small. I'd like this/a shirt in a size small. I'd like this/a shirt in a size 7. Do you have this dress in a 9? She wears ...
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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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Broken down by year [article]

With nouns like age or gender, the phrase "Distribution disaggregated by age/gender" sounds fine (at least to me). As for the noun "year", which is countable, "disaggregated by year" makes me doubt ...
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Indefinite article in a parallel (?) structure

I'm confused as whether to use an article with the second noun in structures like this (this is just an example, it's a person describing their profession): "As a journalist and (a???) traveller...."...
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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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Guideline for use of definite and indefinite articles in source code documentation

I have a doubt about proper use of definite and indefinite articles is source code documentation. For example: /** * Opens the door. * * @param speed The opening speed in cm/s. * @param alarm The ...
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From...to - how to use articles?

Is this part of a sentence correct? ...the flow of electrons from atom to atom and from molecule to molecule... Or I should use articles? from an atom to another one and from a molecule to another ...
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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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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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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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Would I need to put "a" at the beginning of this sentence?

I'm writing a statement in which I wanna say something like: Last semester I taught course xyz. Prerequisite for many upper-level courses, course xyz covers topics such as ... Would it be better if ...
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Is there a means of using indefinite articles with plural nouns?

I encountered the following sentence: In programming, types are a means of classifying values. According to Google, "are a means of" and "is a means of" are used a lot. According to "A Concise ...
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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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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? Cheese is an example of protien-rich food. Cheese is an example of a protein-rich ...
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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 indefinite article should be used before a period followed by a vowel: "a(n) .ir domain"?

I am writing an email and I just realized I am a bit baffled. I do not think there is a proper convention to this, unless there is and I have not heard of it. This is in regards to registering ...
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For Nth time or for a/an Nth time

In an English language class at school, I was taught to always use "the" not "a/an" when I want to use an ordinal number, for example, "for the second time in a row" ...
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(In)definite articles with abstract concepts

I am always struggling to figure out whether to use a definite or indefinite article with abstract concepts. See the following example. Positions in question are marked with (the?): Section X ...
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lacquer finish/a lacquer finish/the lacquer finish [article usage]

I've just read an article about lacquer finish (or should I say a lacquer finish here?), and the use of articles is a bit confusing. The headline uses the indefinite one, which is kind of clear ...
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Under what circumstances may the noun 'ambush' not be preceded by any article?

In particular, I wish to know if they were attacked from ambush and they were attacked from an ambush are equally in fashion. The articled form is is definitely more familiar, but look at the first ...
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Usage of Indefinite Article "a"

I am wondering whether the article "a" is correctly used in this sentence. The context is the following: Line 1: mystringexample = "Hello, world" How to read line 1: it has a left ...
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Which article a/the should be used in API documentation?

For example: some_field - an/the description of smth In what cases articles should be/should not be used?
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Using the indefinite article or zero article with "20/20 vision" when referring to sight measurements

While looking at the search results for "a 20/20 vision" in a question on ELL asking whether there should be an article before 20/20 vision, I noticed that many of the results that were the ...
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Why is 'the' usage is incorrect in the sentence below?

We enjoy the life on this planet because of diversity. why article 'the' is incorrect when used with 'life' ?
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How to understand which nouns are specific and which ones aren't

This is how most people would explain it: I want to buy a new car. You want to buy some car. You don't know which one exactly, Toyota or BMW, which color, and so on. The car parked near the baker's ...
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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 car. The car is red. The Sun is yellow. But what about things that ...
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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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The necessity of an indefinite article: The drinking segment is estimated to hold about 44.8% volume share by the end of 2026

I'm not sure if an indefinite article is required in the below sentence: The drinking segment is estimated to hold about a 44% volume share by the end of 2022. The drinking segment is estimated to ...
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The use of indefinite article next to a parenthetical

Context Trevor was intrigued by the problem associated with the use of the indefinite article a. The two versions of the sentence that sparked this reaction are as follows: Version Gamma: The ...
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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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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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"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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"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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"For detailed review and comparison "

I would be so grateful if you can let me know which of the following sentences is correct: 1: "For a detailed review of the most related works and a comparison between them " 2: "For detailed review ...
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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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Is "the" required in the mentioned context?

Is "the" required in the following context? What did cause this problem? The suspects are A and B. We are talking about suspects for the first time, so it doesn't need "the". But, as "suspects" ...
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