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An Article is used before a noun to indicate if the noun is something particular (the) or a member of a class (a/an).

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'a' usage correctness of article

Is this a watch? - No, it isn't a watch. It's a pen. This term from keysbook. Is it correct to use 'a' instead nothing in a first case? Why not used 'the' in a second case?
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“to put smth to the test” vs. “to put smth to a test”

What is the difference in the meaning between the two phrases: "to put smth to the test" and "to put smth to a test"?
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When “CIA” doesn't need the definite article?

Tom Clancy's "The Bear and the Dragon" offers numerous examples of omission of "the" before "CIA": "It covered intelligence information developed by CIA, was prepared late every night and printed..."...
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“You have a final exam next session.” or “You have final exam next session.”?

This may sound like too basic a question but it's been bugging me for a while now. Which of the following is correct/preferable: "You have a final exam next session." "You have final exam next session....
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Correct form of writing hints for math charts

I have a math chart (there are multiple curves btw) and want to write some hints below. Here's a sentence that describes what it means when one (or many) of the curves is/are green: "green - ...
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“An actual answer to the question” or “the actual answer to the question”?

Tell me please which article I have to use in the following context: the indefinite or definite article. Why didn't you go to school yesterday? I want to know an/the actual answer. I have heard ...
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“one ” used as pro-form

The following is from a grammar book: 1) a. She was still working. b. Was she still working? The contrast in (1) is one of clause type, with (a)declarative and (b) interrogative. Questions: ...
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Why “the” in “he had all the vices”

Why "the" in "he had all the vices" in the sentence: "Indeed he had all the vices save one - he never drank." from book "Titan" by Ron Chernow.
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“Summary” vs “A summary” vs “The summary”

Let's suppose my manager asks me to research some problem. I've done this and now I'm going to write him a message: A/the summary: [The problem is caused by this and that ...] Do I need any ...
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“copper in liquid state” or “copper in the liquid state”?

Which is correct or more correct? Why? Copper in liquid state Copper in the liquid state
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Confusion about articles/quantifiers: “a Tesco” VS “any Tesco” VS “Tesco”

Which of these ques­tions, if any, would work when po­litely ask­ing a stranger? If more than one works, what if any dif­fer­ence is there be­tween them? Ex­cuse me, is there a Tesco over there? Ex­...
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The use of “next month” or “the next month” in context

Let's say it is January and I forgot what month is after it. Which one of the following sentences is correct? What is next month? What is the next month?
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The use of the definite article before nouns when talking about things in general

Tell me please if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences. In America the food is delicius and caloric. In America food is delicious and caloric. In the first ...
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Using articles with proper nouns

I recently came upon these two curious sentences: " I believe it was a young Barack Obama who said...." "The young Joyce already showed signs of the genius that was to be fulfilled in Ulysses" ...
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“I like swimming breaststroke” or “I like swimming the breaststroke”?

Tell me please if I need to use the before the types of swimming techniques when they are used as adverbs? For example: I like swimming (the) breaststroke. I prefer to swim (the) front crawl ...
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Should I use “air” or “the air” when talking about waves in the context of physics?

This post by @choster gives a nice explanation about using 'in the air' rather than 'in air'. Unfortunately, when I google: how does sound wave travel through air, I found that lots of guys are using ...
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Singular countable nouns on its own without any article

So the general rule is that an article, either definite or indefinite, must be used with any countable singular nouns. We say 'a chair' or 'the chair', for example. But I found some singular ...
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“by giving written notice to the other party” (why no article?)

Is it incorrect to say “by giving a written notice to the other party”? In what situations would you require an article?
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The use of the definite article with the word “answer” in context

Let's say I am teaching math and I tell my students that if they don't know answers to my questions, they can ask me. I am not talking about specific questions and answers about math, but rather ...
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(The) school sucks

Say, you're a student at a school; you feel the specific school you're enrolled in sucks; and you're talking to another student enrolled in the same school. Can you simply say (a) 'School sucks' or ...
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The use of the definite article before the name of a language in context

Tell me please if it is necessary to use the before English in the following sentence. (The) English spoken in Australia is slightly different than (the) English spoken in America in terms of ...
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Indefinite article before plurar noun

I have noticed there are some cases where there is an indefinite article in front of a plural noun. For example, I have stumbled upon these two sentences: Although we have a ways to go, let’s pause ...
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The use of articles before the proper names of shops

Let's say I am going to buy a new phone and, say, Apple is the brand of my choice. So which one sounds the most natural? I am going to buy a phone at Apple. I am going to buy a phone at Apple'...
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In the running vs in training

First, I want to confirm the grammatical correctness of the following two sentences: I'm in the running for the position. I'm in training for the position. In other words, if using the ...
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Which is correct a or the?

I want to thank you for a wonderful first semester. OR I want to thank you for the wonderful first semester.
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Indefinite articles for plural

Is this sentence correct? I saw a gray and a black elephants. (With meaning: I saw two elephants, one was gray, and the other was black).
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“look for ways” vs “look for the ways”

Do we need article in the following sentence: We always look for the ways to increase our total gain.
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Is 'a five years later' gramatically correct?

I'm a native Slovakian speaker, and currently, I am at an English competition. I was met with this sentence: "..., and a five years later, he became a professional musician." Is the a in there correct?...
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Should articles be used before adjective after “or”?

Should both the articles be used here? Or one? Or none? 1) You are using an invalid or an expired link. 2) I need a small or a medium-size box, not large. 3) Please take a green or a blue piece ...
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A undershirt or an undershirt? [closed]

I know the a/an rule, but as I meet both in my readings, I tried to google it, and I find both, with not site or dictionaries telling us we should use the one or the other one. My question is: are ...
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The usage of article “the” [closed]

Good time of the day! I am really befuddled by the article "the". I can't seem to comprehend the idea of using it while writing a big text about one specific object. Can I use "the" every time I ...
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“Go to the restaurant” or “go to restaurants” in context

Let's say I want to know if someone eats at retaurants in general, do I have to say the restaurant or restaurants. For example: Do you go to restaurants? Do you go to the restaurant? By the ...
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Does an adjective correlate with the second noun after the conjunction 'or' in phrases like this: “a/an + Adjective + Noun + OR + a/an + Noun”?

The sentence is: We could watch an interesting series or an anime. Does it mean that both the series or the anime we're going to watch are interesting or should I say: We could watch an ...
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“A math class”, “math classes” or “math class” in context

Tell me please which sentence sounds the most natural. What are you doing after a math class? What are you doing after math classes. What are you doing after math class. What I am trying ...
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Is “quality” countable or uncountable in the following context?

I used to think that when quality refers to the standard of something, it is a mass noun. However, a sentence I saw the other day complicated the issue. It reads like this: "Using this definition, ...
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Is “the all” not correct?

Is the sentence B not correct and is only A valid? Or are the both ok? A. I'd like to know all the problems we've had so far. B. I'd like to know the all problems we've had so far.
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Using “the” with this mode of transportation

If I want to refer to the Mass Rapid Transit as a means of transportation that I used to get to a zoo in the city, do I need to use the article "the" then? In short, should it be: 1) I took MRT to ...
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A/The laptop which I bought in the UK is faulty

Are the statements below wrong? Thanks! The laptop which I bought in the UK is faulty. analysis: You know I bought only one laptop visiting the UK and it's faulty. A laptop which I ...
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A problem with the rule about articles in English

Some time ago a native English speaker said to me that That is the tool which I use to edit video Means the person uses only this tool and That is a tool which I use to edit video Means the ...
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Are the commas with the word additionally correctly placed? and what article should I use in the end of the sentence?

Despite these drawbacks, this may be a well-accepted and, additionally, environmentally-friendly solution in a/the close future.
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results in the onslaught of THE (?) data created

In this sentence It results in the onslaught of the data created by devices. should I remove "the" before data? or since I'm talking about a kind of data that is created by devices, I should keep ...
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Research Investigating the Cause / The Research Investigating the Cause

Could someone explain why is there no definite article before the word research? As you may have guessed, research investigating the cause of the discrepancy in sales has shown that people want to ...
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Which article is aloud to be used with the term “launch power”?

I'm having problem with the usage of articles for the word "power", namely "launch power" (the power at the input of a glass fiber): "power" is uncountable in this case: Power" can also mean ...
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The definitive guide to/of

Which one is correct? The definitive guide to surviving in... or The definitive guide of surviving in... Also can I say the definite guide?
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What article would be correct here? A belief that / The belief that

Can I change the definite article in the following sentence and remain grammatical? Once you adopt the belief that there's nothing you can do to change something, you start to take a pernicious ...
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Sensations that people wanted. Why is it indefinite?

Could someone explain the reason why the definite article is omitted in the first example? The task was clear: pump a healthy dose of emotional appeal into the shriveled-up fruit. Link up ...
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Article usage in “the crunch of tires in dirt”, “a cloud of dust”

Can you explain the author’s use of "the" and "a" in the following sentence: I heard the crunch of tires in dirt, and a cloud of dust wafted over me. So, ignoring the two pronouns, “I” and “me”, ...
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Is it correct that the book ''The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'' has a definite article because the author is referring to specific adventures and not because the sentence has a structure with 'OF' [...
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The use the definite article before the word “countryside”?

Tell me please if I have to use the definite article before the word countryside when there is an adjective before it. For example: I would like to go on a trip to (the) English countryside. I ...
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Three questions for usage of article

Is it necessary to use article for singular, countable noun? Would it be ALWAYS wrong to NOT use article(a, an, the) for such singular noun? When is it appropriate to NOT use article for noun? I am ...

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