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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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Why there is no article before this word?

Source: https://www.tronweekly.com/ripple-moneygram-partnership-makes-western-union-change-tune-towards-blockchain-firm/ It looks like international payment specialist Western Union has not yet ...
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“Distribution” vs “the distribution”

Sometimes “distribution” takes the definite article: “He studies the distributions of wildcats in North America.” “The company handles the distribution of goods to stores nationwide.” and ...
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'high blood pressure' vs 'a high blood pressure'

What is the difference between these two sentences: I have high blood pressure. and I have a high blood pressure. I can only guess that the first one mean that I have high blood pressure all ...
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'We put new carpet on the floor or we put [a] new carpet on the floor'?

I wonder should I precede the noun with the article 'a', but I don't think that is necessary? I put [a] new carpet on the floor. Reason: Carpet is a mass noun. Am I correct?
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Move “across town” or “across the town”

He moved across town to stay with his father. Why don't we use "a" or "the" in these situations. As: He moved across the town to stay with his father.
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“(An) exactly (the) same”: two articles ok?

Does it make sense when two articles are used, for example “An exactly the same”? If the former conveys inspecific/abstract item, then what does the latter do?
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lack of knowledge or the lack of knowledge

Once I see "of", I spontaneously consider to use "the", like "the screen of mobile phones" because the screen here is specific and it is related to mobile phones. However, the following sentences are ...
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Are you ready for Sports Day?

I wonder why the book wrote: Are you ready for Sports Day? (=the Sports Day) Why there is no article 'the' preceding the word Sports since it is a Proper Noun?
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A question regarding: Here is some medicine

My reference book gives me an example as follows: Here is some medicine. To me, it does not make sense since some implies things more than one; thus, should medicine becomes medicines? Having ...
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What loud thunder! or What a loud thunder!

My reference book gives me an example as follows: What loud thunder! Should it be written as: What a loud thunder!
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Is “the” idomatic in this sentence?

That attitude is fostered by the American government. Is "the" required in this sentence? Why? "by the american governement" is way more frequent on the Internet than "by American government". But I ...
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“Sea level” vs. “The sea level”

The term “sea level” is sometimes used with and sometimes without the definite article. For example: a) Longer-term changes in sea level are influenced by Earth’s changing climates. b) The sea ...
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Can I say “It's a heat”?

I wonder can I say "It's a heat" meaning "It's a very hot weather" or "it's a very high temperature" I know there should be an article, but I didn't encounter example with the indefinite ...
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In error correcting, “Most of the magnesium used in the US comes from the seawater.”

Most of the magnesium used in the US comes from the seawater. I said there's no error in here. But the teacher says "the" (from the seawater) is redundant. But I think it's necessary cause the US don'...
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Is “the” required in this sentence?

There is no serious work on this subject. The existing literature lacks the proper focus. Is "the" required before "proper focus"? Why?
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“Toutmai started the second officer's job at..” vs “Toutmai started a second officer's job at”

In 2011, she joined the XYZ Institute as a navigation officer. After over two years in the institute, in November 2013, Toutmai started the second officer's job at Siren for Fleet Ship Management. ...
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on using “that” to refer to object

I need to understand: is using "that" optional or obligatory or should it not be used in this context? Which sentence is correct?: We use the terms we defined in [1] Or, We use the terms that ...
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“in a street” or “in the street”?

I was given a picture of people going down a sidewalk. And I was asked to answer the question of where the people are right now. Do I have to use the definite article or indefinite before the word ...
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populous and politically important

The definite article the is used before a proper noun when it is qualified by an adjective. example The immortal Shakespeare. The great Caesar. But in the following sentence Populous and ...
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“I am [the / an] owner of a bookstore”?

I'm drafting a letter of invitation for someone. And one sentence goes: "I am [the / an] owner of a bookstore" - which article shall I use?
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“a becoming humility”? “Love is beautiful thing”?

"a becoming humility"(article before uncountable noun) is OK. My answer to another question referring to A | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary: used before some uncountable nouns when ...
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A fear of vs fear of

A student asked if you needed an article before the word "fear" in sentences like "I have (a) fear of height". From what I know, people usually use "a" before the word "fear" when describing a ...
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“During years 2017-2019” vs. “During the years 2017-2019”

"During years 2017-2019, he appeared four times on the podcast." or "During the years 2017-2019, he appeared four times on the podcast" Are both of them correct? If not, which of ...
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What does “power of something” mean?

I would like to comprehend the meaning of the phrase power of art. An example, for some context: You are a person that appreciates the power of art. How do I use this phrase "The power of art" and ...
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Confusion in placing Articles a and an before nouns

When I was a kid I was taught that Article An should be placed before nouns starting with a Vowel letter, but now i got to know that it's actually the sound of vowel we should focus not the letter. ...
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How to go about definite and indefinite articles before “musical ear” and “sense of rhythm”?

"Having a musical ear and the sense of rhythm can really serve you well on the stage" Should "musical ear" here be preceded with "a" or "the"? Google, interestingly, doesn't return any results with ...
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“A variable of type”

In programming every datum has some type. For example: 1, 2, 3, are of int type 'a', 'b', 'c' are of char type '5/17/2019' is of Date type I often see phrases like this one: A ...
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Alarmist Malthusian fears or alarmist Malthusian fears

In the following sentence The projections should be viewed in perspective, considering that alarmist Malthusian fears of inability to provide for more than a billion people on earth did not come true....
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2 'The's with 2 consecutive nouns joined with a conjunction: “X and Y”, “the X and Y”, or “the X and the Y”?

"Please write the transliteration and translation for the following words." Is the sentence above grammatically correct? Do I need to put the other 'the' before 'translation' as well, or is it ...
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Shall I use “an” before “impact”?

Some uncountable words like the word value should not be preceded with article. I am not sure about impact. It has impact on the existing approaches. or It has an impact on the existing ...
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Can I use the zero article?

In the following sentence, can I use the zero article before 'important means' instead of 'an'? Newspapers are still (an) important means of communication.
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Article before concerns

Could anyone explain the difference between these two sentences: In that sense, concerns about the preservation of traditional knowledge, and the continued way of life of those holding such ...
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“On Horse Market” vs. “On the Horse Market” as the title for a post

"On Horse Market" or "On the Horse Market" I suspect the latter is correct, but I do not know why? I did some research. I know that market is countable. Is that a rule that I always have to put an ...
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As far as meaning, does the omission of the article “the” in this prepositional phrase changes anything?

It is possible to remove the article the from: In the previous chapters, we saw the importance of communication. to obtain: In previous chapters, we saw the importance of communication. the ...
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“a null pointer” VS “the null pointer”

In programming the null pointer is a pointer that is equal to 0. I.e. it is a pointer with a concrete value equal to zero. It is the only one of course. So I suppose we should always say: the null ...
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Check that returned status is STATUS_FAILED

Below is an excerpt from a test documentation for some concrete function: Specify incorrect input parameters for the function Make a call to the function Check that returned status is ...
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“To treat someone as property” or “to treat someone as a property”?

"He treats his dog as property." or "He treats his dog as a property." I suspect that the former is correct, is it?
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How does article deletion work in phrases like “both a hot weather and cold”? Is that allowed?

Consider the self-made sentence below They assessed the durability for the both a hot weather and cold. Is both a hot weather and cold correct? I don't know if I can omit the indefinite article ...
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“Open folder” vs “Open the folder”

Let's say someone is saying to somebody: "Open the folder C:\Documents" Do we need 'the'-article here?
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“Writing a business letter” vs “Writing business letters”

Am I right that we need indefinite article in this sentence: Writing a business letter. but we don't need any article in this sentence: Writing business letters. (it could be a title for a ...
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Revision of a document. Number of pages in a document

Let's say I need to list some properties of something, for example, of a document: 5: Revision of a document. 1000: Number of pages in a document. [other properties] of a document. ....
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Difference between such trash and such a trash

What is the difference between the following two sentences You must not read such trash You must not read such a trash Or are they both the same?
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Using the definite article the before night

In the sentence given below Other forms of harassment that plumbed new depths included ringing the doorbells of diplomats at late hours of the night to intimidate them, and even tailing cars ...
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Article : A or The [closed]

The/A French make many delicious sorts of cheese. The/A bird has two wings Which is correct? Which article is used to refer a whole group of people.
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The use of the indefinite article with uncountable nouns after the phrase “more of”

I came across it in this article. Chloe Foster, a clinical psychologist at the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma in London, says shyness in itself is quite common and normal and doesn’t cause ...
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“The” or no article in this sentence

I woke up around ten, I made cup of coffee, and took it into THE bedroom Is using 'the' correct in this sentence?
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“I’m reading so slowly it’s going to take me about three weeks to finish the writing.” - Where is the mistake?

I was given the following task: Correct the mistakes in the forum message: Can anyone helping (1)? I’ve just got my essay to write about personality but the articles I’ve found are too ...
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How to determine whether I need to use an article before a noun? Can I skip using a, an or the altogether?

How to determine whether I need to use an article before a noun? Can I skip using a, an or the altogether? This doubt has arisen because grammarly points out many a times to me to use determiner ...
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“We are (the) Microsoft team.” Do we need an article here?

On the one hand, “Microsoft” is a name, but on the other, this team is one of a kind. Does the answer depend on whether we are talking about the entire staff of the company or just some sports team (...
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The use of articles after the word “such”

Tell me please which article I have to use in the following sentence. The man told me to turn off the app so that my device works properly, but I didn't have such an/the option on my phone. I ...