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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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…these are shown in -/the decorations of our homes, -/the products we buy and -/the clothes we wear - THE or no article?

I understand that we kind of define the words 'decorations', 'products', and 'clothes' with the phrases 'of our homes', 'we buy', and 'we wear'; but we are not talking about specific homes, products, ...
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stop at a/the red light

1 The car went through the red light. (I think only THE is possible) 2 The car stopped at the red light. (I wonder whether there are any contexts in which A would work? Or would it take not a specific ...
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I have a problem with articles/ is it an appointment or the appointment when I am talking about a specific one with a person to whom it concerns

Could you please help me! I am never sure which article I should use. I know the basic rules etc. but still always doubt whether an article I used is correct or not. For instance: "I've got A ...
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on the bank/on a bank

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do. I am trying to understand why Lewis Carroll decided to write "on the bank" instead of ...
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When the device is turned off, the last active mode is stored in the memory. — or “stored in memory”? Which is better?

From an instruction I'm translating from Russian: When the device is turned off, the last active mode is stored in memory. Which is better - to use the or not to use it? When the device is turned ...
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Could you please suggest the correct article usage here?

In the following sentence, do I need an article before "external influence"? The juvenile being more vulnerable to (an?) external influence such as numerous marketing campaigns tend to be ...
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Where should I put the “the”?

I would like to express that one does not fulfill the requirements of being invited to an interview. So I wrote "Not qualified for the invitation for the interview". But I am not sure ...
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Shall I use an article before the word "soul”?

"soul" is not a countable noun, but I have saw some using for this word?
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a case or the case

What's the difference between "make a case"/ "make the case" and "be a case of"/ "be the case of"? 1 Jane made a case for change yesterday. 2 Jane made the ...
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Do I have to use “the” before the names of army branches when talking about serving in a particular army branch?

Could you tell me if I have to use the before the names of army branches when talking about serving in a particular army branch? For example: John's dad served in (the) artillery, but John serves in (...
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“Words you learned in the previous lesson” or “the words you learned in the previous lesson”?

Could you tell me if have to use the before words in the sentence below? I'd like to know words you learned in the previous lesson. I'd like to know the words you learned in the previous lesson. If ...
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Do we need “the” here?

-- I think we are running out of butter. -- I will be doing some shopping later in the day I can buy some. (3 hours later) -- Have you bought butter?/Have you bought the butter? Which one is more ...
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What articles and when do I use with the phrase “past tense”?

Let's take a couple of quotes from the Wikipedia article: The past tense is a grammatical tense whose function is to place an action or situation in past time. In some languages, the grammatical ...
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Why do we use an indefinite article in the sentence “I can't imagine a world without electricity”?

As far as I understand, it speaks specifically about our entire planet, and not about some abstract world. Isn't it better to use the definite article in this case?
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Seemingly omitted article in “Last edit was 2 hours ago” from Google docs

I always wondered when I can omit articles in sentences. Like, I think I saw many cases in presentations or instructions where some articles are omitted. I noticed today that the status message in ...
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A “the” in a sentence usage. Why? [closed]

Why do we use "the" in this sentence: "There is a pencil in the pencil-box."? Why not "a pencil-box"?
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Why is it “Beef is a kind of meat” instead of “The beef is a kind of meat”?

An exercise on articles had the question: 1- ____ beef is a kind of ___ meat. I have answered like this : The beef is a kind of meat. but the correct answer was: Beef is a kind of meat. Why is ...
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When is it specific enough for 'the' to be used (e.g. [potential article] + [noun] + [prep.] + [another noun])?

I asked a very similar question before, but sorry, I still don't fully get it. For example He mocked the use of sanitizers (during the pandemic). Would it be specific enough for 'the' if there's no '...
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“The” at the Beginning of a List

Which of these examples is correct, and why? (1) The first, second, and the third. (2) The United States, European Union, and the United Kingdom. OR (1) The first, the second, and the third. (2) The ...
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Whether to include the definite article when we talk about all of the instances of some set

a. k. a., i. e., e. g. — Notice that the intermediate periods in the abbreviations are followed by hair spaces. The sentence after the abbreviations themselves is not a description of a rule how ...
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What article should I use in “If Mrs Hillier phones, say I'm away on trip.”

I would very thankful if you could please help with the following: Correct the error/s in the following sentence: "If the Mrs Hillier phones, say I'm away on trip." What I've tried already: ...
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Why should there be an article?

The sentence: "I took a few biology classes and read lots of books on the psychology and physiology of animals."
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Can the articles be omitted (in those 2 cases)?

I have two sentences where I am not sure, whether I can omit an article or not. This is maybe bordering on stylistic choice: "The rising sea quenched the fires of the last great war and the ...
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When and how should I use articles with names of people?

I used to think that you must always use an article with a person's name if it's preceded with a modifier: the definite article if the quality is permanent or typical ('The conscientious Mike was the ...
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a license to use sth. vs. the right to use sth

I came across these two sentences while reading: Acme hereby grants Widgetco a license to use the Marks in … . Acme hereby grants Widgetco the right to use the Marks in … . There is no additional ...
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What decides where the definite article(s) goes in “A of B”?

Let's take the following for example: “trajectories of hand movement.” Is the only factor that decides which option below is correct whether "trajectories" or "hand movement" has ...
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Why is “the pharmacy” supposed to be appropriate in the context? What about “a pharmacy”, “pharmacies”, or “pharmacy”?

I've been studying English for many years, but still struggling with learning the usage of English articles. Below is one example. From a news article I read on this site. How some drugs can turn ...
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Use of articles in certain situations

I read that with certain places, "the" or the zero article can be used, but all depend on context. For example: I'm in hospital. (mainly indicates that you had a health problem, so you're ...
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Article help: Is it “I worked as A [X]” or “I worked as THE [X]”?

What is the correct article to use in this sentence? (Is it "a" or "the"?) I can't seem to figure out which sentence is right. I worked as a one-person marketing team for a PR ...
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Why is the definite article “the” used before some dances and with others not? [duplicate]

I crossed with two sentences: Tango is a partner dance and social dance that originated in the 1880s along to the Río de la Plata. How to dance the Tango. So, I got very confused because the ...
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Is it always possible to use the pattern “the + adjective”?

I found out that it's possible to use the definite article "the" with adjectives, to refer to a group of people with a particular characteristic, e.g. the rich, the disabled, the poor, and ...
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Articles in figure captions

Writing a paper I intend to preface all figures with giving common symbols used in many figures and I'm having trouble using articles. Help me please arrange them. "The following symbols are used ...
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Where not use any article?

"My favourite definition of a feminist is one offered by Su" - Is it grammatically right or whether it should be - "My favourite definition of a feminist is the one offered by Su"....
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Use of “the” in between “most of ___ Earth's” [duplicate]

In this sentence : New research suggests most of Earth's heavy metals were spewed from a largely overlooked kind of star explosion called a collapser. Here the should be used or not between "...
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Why isn't there an article before “conflict”?

Why isn't there an article before conflict in the following sentence? Difference in the pronouncement leads to conflict.
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Superlative Degree

Sentence: "I found this book the most interesting". According to my textbook, "the" is incorrect here and it should be only: "I found this book most interesting". This ...
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“I am a boy.” vs. “I am boy.” How native speakers feel if there is no article like “a” or “an”?

"I am a boy." vs. "I am boy." How natives speakers feel if there is no article like "a" or "an"? Could anybody describe what kind of syntax or feeling you have ...
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Whether to use a definite or indefinite article when we talk about punctuation marks?

Example 1: Option A: A question mark is used only at the end of a sentence. Option B: The question mark is used only at the end of a sentence. Example 2: Option A: A ? character is used only at the ...
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Why do we use 'the' for non specific nouns? [duplicate]

For example: Read the Bible. I'm not talking about a specific Bible. Also reading a bible would mean any bible. Which is not what I wanna say Why can't we just skip the article and say. "Read ...
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Why don't these countable nouns have articles in this sentence?

Why exactly don't "header" and "body" need articles in the following sentence (as per this answer)? We've improved the visual separation between header and body in classes with ...
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Articles before nouns of nouns

Heads of a thousand inmates were cut. The heads of a thousand inmates were cut. The head of a thousand inmates was/were?? cut. Which one/ones are correct? It first seems to me that the second one ...
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articles with noun phrases

The speed of an object is the magnitude of the change of its position. Speed of an object is the magnitude of the change of its position. The second sentence seems wrong to me; I think since the &...
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Articles with nouns denoting unique parts of something

Let's say I'm describing changes in a new version of some software. This software, in particular, deals with entities called classes. For this question, it's only important that a class consists of ...
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Why is there no “the” before this sentence?

I read a sentence from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demand: Demand for a specific item is a function of an item's perceived necessity, price, perceived quality, convenience, available ...
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“Get used to cold weather” or “get used to the cold weather”?

Could you tell me if have to use the before cold weather. For example: I'm sure you will get used to (the) cold weather in this country.
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Why zero article is used here

I came upon this sentence in a book I was reading ("Why Aren't They Shouting?" by Kevin Rogers): (...) it is always pored over by banks and their regulators for months after publication. ...
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Is there a difference in meaning between “criticism of the police” and “THE criticism of the police” [duplicate]

A of B consideration of B use of B destruction of B B is an object of A but in some cases, B becomes a subject: the arrival of the police (the police arrives) So I am asking about what the difference ...
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The correct way of using articles in the example

Could you please explain how to correctly use articles in the following example? Consider a situation in which you need to assign a task for someone: Implement an/the ability to [here goes a ...
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“The few Northern counties” v/s “A few Northern counties”

a. The result of the election will be determined by a few Northern counties of the state. b. The result of the election will be determined by the few Northern counties of the state. What is the ...
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A possibility or The possibility in this sentence

What difference does 'a' and 'the' make to the two sentence below? There is a possibility that the source of water will be polluted There is the possibility that the source of water will be polluted

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