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Many speakers of Gen Am and also speakers of British Englishes, including some young RP speakers, use a hard attack on the second word to separate a word-final and word initial vowel. For a minority of speakers this also occurs after the definite article. A ʜᴀʀᴅ ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ is when a speaker uses a glottal stop, [ ʔ ], at the beginning of a word starting with a ...


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There are a number of constructions involving two noun phrases that, when used in a general sense rather than referring to particular items, omit the article. The two items will always be in some sort of close relationship, but the meaning can be very varied. Examples are: X and Y: "husband and wife"; "rod and gun" (i.e. fishing and shooting); "bat and ...


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Tanya is the team member who holds expertise in chat support very strongly suggests that Tanya is the only team member with that expertise while Tanya is a team member who holds expertise in chat support suggests that other team members may have the same expertise. The whole sentence is a little clunky, though syntactically acceptable and (save for the/a) ...


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I'm pretty sure they were not announcing a single genetically modified carrot but the practice of stocking for sale a choice of carrots, genetically modified in addition to normal ones. The 'a' then is generic. But you're right, the use of 'Any' is not correct. They could decide to not include any genetically modified carrots. The any would then be ...


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If we consider next as an adjective only, then typically it's used without a preceding the when referring to days of the week, or weeks, seasons, years and so on: We're going camping next week. My appointment is next Wednesday. See you next year! Otherwise, generally speaking, you would use the preceding the: I'm speaking at the next board ...


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