I wrote:

In addition, the user can declare and set (the /some / ) context variables in each rule.

Do I need to use an article here?

  • An article is not needed there.
    – TimR
    Nov 10, 2016 at 10:34

1 Answer 1


No, you don't need an article. The sentence doesn't qualify context variables; we don't know which ones or how many are settable. Because of this, it's not appropriate to add an article, as they're used to specify nouns; for example:

  • the context variables - all of them
  • some context variables - we don't know exactly which ones, but more than one and less than all
  • a context variable - exactly one, but we don't know which
  • the context variable - exactly one, and we know which particular one it is, because it was specified earlier

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