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The names of summer months: With or without "the" [duplicate]

This question is the last one for today :) There is a sentence: "What are the names of (the) summer months?" Is the article "the" necessary here, before "summer months"? Can the zero article be used ...
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Misunderstanding! When is a noun definite? [duplicate]

Ok, according to the grammar, we use "The" for definite noun. But my question is: When is a noun definite? See this conversation: A: I saw a big rat in my back yard last night. B: How big ...
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The article usage: The grassland [duplicate]

I can't decide whether to use the in these sentences. [The] white chalk rock underground has formed beautiful hills and valleys. [The] grassland has a lot of flowering plants. [The] ...
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Should I use 'the' in 'Leaving this page will discard {the} unsaved changes'?

In my software, if user edits some content of a document and clicks close icon without saving the changes he made (i.e. without clicking the save icon first), the text of message that I display to the ...
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"that the" or "that"

You are my constant reminder that promises are made to be broken. Is this correct? I'm also thinking of placing a 'the' before 'promises' as in: You are my constant reminder that the promises are ...
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About article before position of job

I want to ask about a article before a position of job, because I have problem for using it. My sentence looks that: My position was the/a/an/none e-shop back-end and front-end software ...
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How do we know when we use an article with uncountable nouns?

English has countable nouns and uncountable nouns. But I sometimes see the use of article with uncountable nouns in a sentence like 'we have an utmost importance'. Here is an example. I bring up, ...
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"a spouse of" vs. "the spouse of" [duplicate]

May I ask which one is correct "a spouse of", or "the spouse of". Example: Dana is a/the spouse of Peter. Thanks.
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The rule of definite article "the"

I asked several questions about the definite article "the". Especially using "the" before user and mouse when describing an application was interesting to me. I concluded it to myself that when I ...
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Demonstratives and abstract nouns

When referring to abstract noun how should I use demonstratives? Abstract nouns do not have a distance from the speaker. For example when should I say "this story/concept/word/name" and when I should ...
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Using "the" instead of "a" for something that isn't a specific object

I've been curious about this for a while. Generally, one uses "the" if they mean a specific object ("The copy of Lord of the Rings I bought yesterday") instead of any object that fits a description ("...
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Making mistakes using articles

I have problems with using articles. Sometimes I'm not sure on whether I should put one or not. So, I am wondering, what if I just stop putting articles when I'm in doubt? And I know that it is ...
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Author of the film, the formulation for the credits

If I want to write in the film credits that I am an author of the film, which formulation is more correct: film by Name Surname or fim of Name Surname
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difference between the two sentences ,totally confusing for me [closed]

What is the difference between "pieces of information" and "the pieces of information" e.g.: The wages of sin is death. why not?___Wages of sin is death. Is there any method to overcome these kind ...
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(The|A) stor(y|ies) about James and Susie?

This question may seem too basic, but after reading through 3 grammar and usage guides, I still can't find the sufficient information on this distinction. Consider these phrases with their different ...
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