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Do we always use zero article before jobs, titles, honors?

Donald Trump, a 71 year old businessman, was chosen ____ President of the United States. The answer is zero article, and the justification is that we should use zero article before job, title and ...
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Definite article vs zero article [duplicate]

Consider the following two example sentences, the articles in brackets are the point of question. (The) Satisfaction of the basic need for food is an intuitive right for every human being. (The) ...
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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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The number of (the) unemployed/super-rich/poor/dead/infected

'The + adjective' usually means 'adjective + people'. For example, the unemployed means 'unemployed people'. In this type of construction, you cannot remove the. But when the construction is ...
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Why is the article “the” not used in this sentences?

I don't understand why they wrote in the sentence below "swept away repressive dictators" instead of "swept away THE repressive dictators"? Any idea? "Some local pundits liken the protests with the ...
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Couture and canapé are just another Saturday night until you add a mask. [Why the singular 'canapé'?]

In an American TV show called 'Gossip Girl', here's a narration by Gossip Girl herself (YouTube video): Long ago, when European royals grew bored with palace balls they took a page from the peons, ...
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What are the criteria for allowing repeated bare NPs in coordinate structures?

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Pages 409-410): 8.5 Restricted non-referential interpretations of bare NPs [...] This time, however, our concern is with bare NPs. We confine our ...
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Using a Way as a proper noun

I'm designing a pompous and pretentious poster for the way we work in our company. Let's call the company "Initech" for this discussion. I used the zero article, omitting "the", in the slogan "The ...
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Is 'president' in 'run for president' a bare role NP?

A Student's Introduction to English Grammar says: A bare role NP is a singular NP that is ‘bare’ in the sense of lacking the determiner which would elsewhere be required, and that denotes some kind ...
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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 ...
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Why are article sometimes omitted with words such as “legendary” and “British”? [duplicate]

I noticed that the definite article is sometimes omitted with the word "legendary": A collaboration between legendary game designer Richard Garfield and Valve, Artifact offers the deepest ...
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Missing “the” - on the official page without any reason

From the official Autodesk page: Create or open a document with the styles you want to copy to the style library. From the official For Dummies page: Create a new document or open a document ...
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“The” for the first time only

A quote from LibreOffice user manual: Turning on hyphenation for the Default Style paragraph style affects all other paragraph styles that are based on Default Style. You can individually change ...
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Omitting an implied article, or avoiding repetition [duplicate]

If I say "The boy and girl are..." I think it's as correct as "The boy and the girl", as some natives told me that. Do you confirm? But what is the rule in English for non repeating the article? ...
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Thank God it's Friday, tomorrow is THE weekend. Why the definite article?

Today is Friday. Tomorrow is the weekend. In terms of grammar, how is the definite article justified there? We say: It's noon. It's 12 o'clock. It's August. It's 2019. But we also ...
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Why do they not say “The Baby”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkXnhlCkVPM In this video he says "put baby in" and not "put the baby in" Also, in other baby type videos they say "place baby inside" or "now you can see that baby ...
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Usage of articals. e.g. When do we use a singular noun on its own without an article?

2 questions. Q1. Earlier these days, I saw the usage of "Leader of ...", which is a countable noun without a preceding article. Is that grammatically correct? What I found in oxford guide to english ...
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“in like manner” v. “in the like manner”

1."in like manner" or 2."in the like manner" I thought that the latter is correct, but more digging points to the former. In Leviathan,of Hobbes, in like manner is used twenty five times, whereas ...
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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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Why isn't there any article in the expression “vary from school to school”?

I am a non-native English learner. An example sentence in LONGMAN dictionary confused me. In the sentence "Test scores vary from school to school", there is no article in front of either school. I ...
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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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Why is the article omitted before “climate change”?

In the book "Advanced Grammar in Use" there is a sentence: We will talk about climate change in a later part of the course. Q1: Why is the article completely omitted in front of "climate change"? ...
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No article with president [duplicate]

If I were president... Why don't we have article "a" before "president"? Thank you!
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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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“The” with labelled nouns

Practical English Usage 142.20 reads We usually leave out articles in abbreviated styles: numbering and labelling Go through door A Control to Car 27: can you hear me? Turn to ...
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Zero articles in movie and book titles

Can you please explain to me, why sometimes there's no article in the movie or book titles, even if these titles are singular count nouns. For example: "Junky" by William S. Burroughs or "Alien" by ...
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“…[b]etween rich and poor” and “…[b]etween the rich and the poor”

My colleague and I were discussing a student's paper. We agreed that according to our experiences and knowledge of English, the following sentence is grammatically correct: "The difference ...
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“in efforts to” vs “in an effort to”

Is efforts being used properly in this sentence because we are promoting multiple efforts? In efforts to promote our products, we are providing a website and flyers for your use. Or should it be: ...
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Articles with proper names

It's correct to use the definite article before the name of a river, canal, sea and ocean: When my father dies, we will have to wash him, wrap him in rich cloth, cremate him, and then sprinkle ...
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“I spilled water on the table and [the] floor”

Compare the sentences: I spilled water on the floor. I spilled water on the table and floor. I spilled water on the table and the chair. Is the missing the before floor in the second ...
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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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Should 'one' be considered an article?

There is but one king, and I am one. Here, the 'one' at the end of the sentence stands for 'one king' and 'one' is not specifying (in this particular place) a numeral. It is implying 'I am that one' ...
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The correct articles in “me, a …” or “me, the …”

What is the correct article (a, the or maybe none) to use in the sentences and titles below: First sentence: This article is about me, a programmer. This article is about me, the programmer. A ...
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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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What’s the reason for the zero article after a preposition and countable noun in “a change of X” and in “a switch from X to Y”?

I am a non-native speaker of English and therefore need your help. The question is: why do we use the zero article in the phrases “a change of X” and “a switch from X to Y”? For instance: a change ...
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Are there significant differences in how “college” and “university” are used in syntactic constructions?

To me (an American), "what to study in college" sounds acceptable. Meanwhile, "what to study in university" sounds wrong. This suggests that these words have different grammatical attributes. This ...
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The use of taking (an) interest

Is the following question correct? What's wrong with taking interest? I know taking AN interest or showing interest is better, but I would like to know if taking interest is also correct.
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The proper time to use “zero article”, though the noun is countable followed by

I basically know that when I want to use some nouns then I need to consider the proper form of the articles ahead of the nouns and if the noun is countable or uncountable. Sometimes I see some cases ...
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CV/Résumé - Article Drop [closed]

I think my question is rather a stylistic one, but it really bugs me. From a grammatical standpoint, "the" should always precede ordinal numbers. However, articles are usually omitted in headlines. ...
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at / in / in the - daylight / twilight

While most of the nouns denoting parts of the day are used either with "at.." or "in the.." prepositions (in the morning / afternoon / evening / daytime; at nighttime / noon / night / midday / ...
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Would 'play drums' and 'play drum set' be allowed in North American English in certain settings?

So far the discussion about 'play + the + (the name of a musical instrument)' as opposed to 'play + (the name of a musical instrument)' is hotly held at places, and it seems the version without 'the' ...
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Zero article usage [closed]

Could anyone kindly comment on the usage of zero article in ...pen in hand as it appears in the following context: Hunched over his desk, pen in hand, he was the spitting image of his father at work. ...
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Why is it “time of day” but “hour of the day”?

Well, the title is a little misleading, because both "time of day" and "time of the day" are possible and can have the same meaning.[here] But "time of day" is more commonly used (when we're not ...
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do you use “ The” with mathematical methods?

For intra-cluster relationships, we applied mathematical optimisation to choose the best tree produced by neighbour joining method. Or For intra-cluster relationships, we applied ...
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Should an article follow “some sort of” when a singular noun is used?

I was wondering what the rules are when it comes to using articles with the phrase some sort of, and specifically in this sentence: They’re treating me like I’m some sort of a star. They’re treating ...
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“The bill, please” or just “Bill, please”?

Which short way of asking for a bill is correct? Bill, please! The bill, please!
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“I saw Sue in town yesterday, but she didn't see me.” Why is there no article before “town”?

From a Raymond Murphy book on English grammar, I saw the following sentence: I saw Sue in town yesterday, but she didn't see me. Why is there no article before "town"? Is the following incorrect? ...
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Determiners in English sentence vs. plurals, singulars and zero determiners. Is it ok to say? [duplicate]

Do I need any determiners in the sentence below in general statement? Strong winds destroy homes. Is it ok to say in English in specific situation? The strong wind destroyed the homes in North ...
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Definite article with the names of trains

I've heard and seen train names that consist of common nouns take a definite article (eg: the Orient Express, the Sabarmati Express, etc., according to Wikipedia.). I don't know if it's the same case ...
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A definite article before government institutions

I know English uses a definite article with the names of government institutions (eg: the White House, the State Capitol and the Pentagon, etc.). But I don't know if it's the same case with the names ...