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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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Use of articles when a noun serves as a modifier

I've just came across the following sentence in an IELTS test book: They found items such as ancient arrows and skis from Viking Age traders. I was surprised that there was no 'the' before 'Viking ...
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Which one is most correct and natural: "due to fear of...," "due to a fear of..." or "due to the fear of..."?

Can you please tell me which one is most correct and natural: due to fear of..., due to a fear of... or due to the fear of...? For example: I don't eat too much sugar due to fear of developing ...
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A/the/- use of + noun

I wonder how to define whether to put an article before the word 'use' or not. According to Macmillan Dictionary, the noun 'use' can be both countable and uncountable. How to understand whether it is ...
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The train or a train

Fill in the blanks with a, the or no article. ___ train station is ____ strange building. Why is it "The train station is a strange building." And not "A train station is a strange ...
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Which one is correct: "have good climate" or "have a good climate"?

Can you please tell me which one is correct: have good climate or have a good climate? For example: I'd like to live in a country that has good climate. I'd like to live in a country that has a good ...
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in <the> days before [closed]

Source: A: I have an old book. What do these signs in it mean? B: This is a method for establishing copyright in days before copyright laws were well established. As far as I can see, the days are ...
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Do you use "the" before "Hotel California"?

I'm unsure about using "the" before some proper nouns. I know there's no "the" before proper nouns unless it's already a part of the name? So, "Welcome to the Hotel California....
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How to use "the" when there are many of them

Can I remove the word "the" before the word "analysis" in the below sentences? On the basis of the analysis above, ... Based on the analysis above, ... And why?
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Articles , can you help me , and give me more e.g

When to use " the" and not to use "the" of the structure of "of" E.g.: The flickers of an eyelid The evolution of words ......... I saw these examples on oxford ...
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Which one is correct: "take care of payment for something" or "take care of the payment for something?

Can you please tell me if I need to use the before payment in the context below? I'd like to know if you are going to be the one taking care of (the) payment for our services. Is the use of the ...
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"A founder of a / the company" [closed]

What article is correct? He is a founder of a private company H&M He is a founder of the private company H&M?
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Zero article before the word "settlement"

After the middle of the fourth millennium the increase of permanently settled population in central Babylonia was minor and can be explained as the result of natural growth. In the south around the ...
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Best way to learn articles (a, an, the) in grammar? [closed]

I am struggling with articles. For example: I regret leaving _____ school at fourteen. Is there any list of rules for usage of article?
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a kind of / kind of

I sometimes see such a phrase: It's kind of difficult. There is not an article before "kind" here. So, I am not sure if I can say like this or not. They are kind of fruit. I usually say ...
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Article , can you help me with more eg

if i want to talk about things that are the same, which articles should i use Eg1: A school has the same uniforms ( only size is different) for boy students Do i say : Daily, a boy student wears the ...
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What is there no article before the word'Customs'? [closed]

A man who was stopped at customs... You will need to go through customs after you have retrieved your baggage. If someone could explain this, I'd really appreciate it.
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Uncountable “growth”, why “a sudden growth”? [closed]

There has been a sudden growth in the number of the unemployed. Why was the indefinite article “a” used as “growth” is uncountable?
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What is the correct article when talking about sorting, "the order", "an order", or no article?

I write a paper about CSS and there is a following fragment: When appropriate, alphabetize shorthand component values. The order in which the component values of a particular shorthand may appear is ...
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Any difference between these sentences: "Buy her THAT THING she won’t buy for herself." vs "Buy her THAT ONE THING she won’t buy for herself."

"Buy her that one thing she won’t buy for herself." I noticed "...that one thing..." is a very special usage here, where as a non-native speaker I would make a sentence almost same ...
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Is it wrong to use "...the access..." in this sentence?

Reducing stress levels in the general population can be done effectively by improving THE/- access to mental health care. At times, I get confused as to whether I should use "the" or not, ...
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use of indefinite article 'a'

Why in the sentence “People form far too complex a system to enable reliable mathematical predictions of outcomes” the indefinite article ‘a’ is not before ‘far’ or ‘complex’?
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Why do we use "the" if we're talking in a general way

Why do we use 'the' article in such a situation if we're talking about a bell in a school in a general way ... I've thought like it's the bell we don't even know at that time. Could you clarify this ...
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tickets for concert VS tickets for a concert [closed]

tickets for concert VS tickets for a concert Is the latter also grammartically right? When taking a mock test of IELTS 11 (Listening test part 3, section 1), inspite of the test recording also ...
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Successive 'the's

I saw successive 'the's three times this week. Unfortunately I didn't take a note of them as I thought it's a mistake to write successive 'the's. However, I encountered one on the BBC hub: a place ...
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Using "the" and "a" in title, figure titles, and headings in an academic paper

Is it acceptable to drop "a" and "the" words in the title, figure titles, and headings in an academic paper or on a NEWS website? For example: Instead of writing: "The ...
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Undergo surgery/a surgery: Is using "a" before surgery wrong?

I have to undergo surgery on Sunday. I have to undergo a surgery on Sunday. Is using a before surgery wrong? I looked up examples on the internet, and though I found some results where a was used — &...
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Is it correct to write 'a marvellous games'?

Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic committee, said they had been a marvellous games in a marvellous city. from the BBC I searched for the original statement -assumed that this was a ...
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Should there be article in: "to cover postage"?

I hope Paypal added the correct amount of money to cover (the) postage to France. I think that without (the) it would be better but the postage is used for a specific thing (it is not used in ...
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Why was the noun 'president' used without any articles in 'to be president' though it's a countable noun? [duplicate]

From The BBC President Obama has said the Republican nominee Donald Trump is unfit to be president and questioned why party leaders still support his candidacy. Shouldn't it be 'unfit to be the ...
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Why is it "the North Island" and not "North Island" in New Zealand? [duplicate]

New Zealand has a North and a South Island. These seem to be their names, as they are capitalized even on Wikipedia. I am pretty sure it should be "we go to the North Island", and not "...
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all weekend / all the weekend

Normally, Jane does it, but she is away all weekend. I have the mentioned sentence in my grammar book. I can't understand why there is no "all the weekend". Could you explain, please? Why &...
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our readers thought that

a. When that article was published, readers thought that the policy of our journal had changed. b. When that article was published, the readers thought that the policy of our journal had changed. c. ...
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About the meaning of "the"

Going to work by bike is good for environment. Playing sports is good for health. Do you think that "the" is needed before "environment" and "health"?
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Which one is correct: "number 5 is my favorite number" or "the number five is my favorite number"?

Can you please tell me if I need to use the before number 5 in the following context. Number 5 is my favorite number because it brings me luck. The number 5 is my favorite number because it brings me ...
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Which one is correct: "give someone a good-to-go" or "give someone the good-to-go"?

Would you tell e which one is correct: give someone a good-to-go or give someone the good-to-go? For example: Do not go anywhere until we give you a/the good-to-go?
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Is it "all documents related to the transaction" or "all the documents related to the transaction"?

Would you tell me if I need to use the after all in the following sentence? Can you please send me all (the) documents related to the transaction tomorrow? My intuition tells me that in this ...
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"It's a harsh truth" vs. "it's the harsh truth" in context

Would you tell me if I need to use a or the before harsh truth in the sentence below. When you are trying to lose weight, you have to make sacrifices, such as cutting down on or cutting out ...
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Why may "he's real scum" be without any article, while "he's a real hero" must be with the article?

There are two sentences as an example: If he treats you as good as you say, he's a real hero. If he treats you as badly as you say, he's real scum According to the Google Docs, it seems like I must ...
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Why is the `the` determiner missing before the word camp?

In the following sentence: I don't think I can make it back to camp—you go on without me! Source I would expect it to be "to the camp".
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why put "a" before balance?

I looked up online to search the word balance. Longman dictionary says EQUAL AMOUNTS [singular, uncountable] a state in which opposite forces or influences exist in equal or the correct amounts, in a ...
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To repeat the article 'a' in this case or not: 'a singer not (a) dancer'

He is a singer not dancer. He is a singer not a dancer. Which one is correct? In this case, 'a' should be repeated or not?
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Article “the” - the types of books or types of book

As I know, in sentence below, the article "the" is obligated, because we are talking to the advantages of a type of vehicles, ( driver-less vehicles, not vehicles driven by air or vehicles ...
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'a' or 'an' LGBTQ+ identity?

I'm just confused as to whether 'a LGBTQ+ identity' or 'an LGBTQ+ identity' is correct. Intuitively I thought the former because 'L' is not a vowel, but Grammarly corrected me to the latter. I had a ...
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Can the second "the" be omitted in "the owner and (the) chairman of the company"?

Is it correct to omit the article the in this sentence? Lucy, the owner and the chairman of the company, has gone to Philippines to attend the conference. I mean instead of doubling the article the, ...
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Articles with colors

Here's an example half-sentence from Collins ...wallpaper with stripes of dingy yellow. Here's an example sentence from Cambridge Her hair was a dingy brown colour. Why do they use an article in ...
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It depends on the/a [closed]

Why do you commonly use "the" article with the phrase: It depends on ...? For example: Do you like eating in restaurants? Sometimes. It depends on the restaurant. It would be logically if ...
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Can I use the word "data" without an article in the sentence? [closed]

The sentence goes "At the same time, data shows that…" Can I use the word "data" without an article in the sentence?
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a priest and a historian

a. He was the son of a priest and a historian. Could one use that sentence if his one of his parents was both a priest and a historian? Or would that have to be b. He was the son of a priest and ...
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The PUM project vs PUM project

I got stuck with the one very classic problems of English - articles. Don't get me wrong, I'm pretty decent and English and mostly use them automatically in the proper position (I hope so). However, ...
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Cars in my city are expensive or The cars in my city are expensive(with the)? the question is a little longer, so it is below

Cars in my city are expensive or The cars in my city are expensive(with the)? When I write in my language on google translate. it says that: Cars in my city are expensive(without the), but if I write ...

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