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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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"It provides opportunity for" vs. "It provides the opportunity for"

I came across this expression in this newspaper article: "It provides opportunity for a small nonprofit organization to be competitive with a major brand with huge marketing budget." I was ...
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which is correct **participated in an** or **participated in the**

Certificate This is to certify that Mr/Ms. Ajay Meher has participated in an online webinar ‘Engineering Projects Management’ on October 11, 2021. OR This is to certify that Mr/Ms. Ajay Meher has ...
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"She's at THE airport"

In one English grammar book, in the Articles section, there are exercises for the student. There are four pictures and below each one of them, the student is required to finish a sentence. Description ...
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____ ant is very industrious creature [closed]

Which is more perfect--- The ant is very industrious creature. Or An ant is very industrious creature.
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Which of the function words will be stressed?

Me, and thousands of others in this country like me, are half baked because we were never allowed to complete our schooling. Open our skulls, look in with a pen light and you'll find an old museum of ...
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An indefinite article with a plural head noun [closed]

I am working on the Reading Test of the Barron's SAT Practice Test 1 - "Indian Country" by Peter Matthiessen, and there is a sentence on line 18 "Termination legislation, which had ...
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A somebody or just somebody?

What's the point in using "a" before "somebody, nobody"? I am not a nobody, I am a somebody. How would it differ from: I am not nobody, I am somebody.
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An experience or experience?

Which one is correct and why? Or if both are correct, what's the difference? Learning is an experience. Learning is experience.
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The usage of articles with a gerund

1 People celebrate leaving the life they don't like. (a general statement) - NO article - celebrate leaving - I think the sentence is correct. 2 I am going to celebrate leaving my old life. (I don't ...
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I took last/the last week off - can I use that on Monday to indicate I did not work the week before? [closed]

It is Monday, and I want to tell my colleague I was not in the office the week before (last week?). Would it be ok to say: I took last week off Is that correct?
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English,article,use of "the"

Why first "A" is used in sentence "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing."isn't a superfluous ?forgive me.I am a novice.
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Definite and indefinite articles with uncountable and countable nouns

I have a question that has been puzzling me for a while now. I tried really hard to find an answer but never found the one, which would be satisfying enough. I am talking about using definite and ...
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"The Willis Tower is taller" or "the Willis Tower is the taller"

I have a question about a sentence with the comparative form of an adjective. When you say "Between A and B, A is better, larger, taller, etc.", should there be an article before the ...
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Using the definite article before the first noun in the phrase [noun] + of + [noun]

I asked this question stating whether we should use the definite article before the noun "manipulation" in the phrase "manipulation of formal symbols" or not, and I was told that ...
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definite or indefinite article for new term that described in other paper?

When we present a term for the first time with reference to another article, should we use definite or indefinite article? (without reference, we should use indefinite article) Example (The Hilbert's ...
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Indefinite Articles for Proper Nouns [duplicate]

Is the article "a" OK in this sentence? "The door opened, revealing a laughing John." Thank you very much!
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Should the definite article before the word "manipulation" not be omitted?

I have seen the following sentence: He claims that thinking is merely the manipulation of formal symbols. However, in my opinion, the definite article before the word "manipulation should be ...
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Is "a current" ever grammatical?

As I understand it, the indefinite article "a" cannot be used before the word "current". "A current ..." doesn't make sense to me. We say "the next" and "...
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Use of articles in the description of an experiment

I am struggling a bit with the sentence describing the experiment we conducted: The tensile tests were performed at the XX strain rate for the sample with the XX mm gauge part. There are particular ...
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desire to study/a desire to study/the desire to study

Studying English, I've always had problems with using articles, whehter it's definite or indefinite. below is the phrase I met while studying. Desire to study / A desire to study / The desire to study ...
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a post or the post?

Which article should I use in the following sentence? 'I couldn't help but make A post about it' or 'I couldnt' help but make THE post about it' (It's the first sentence in the text.)
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"A team" or "the team"?

I would like to give thanks to my colleagues on the recent project. How to write correctly? Thank you for being a great team! or Thank you for being the great team!
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definite article after "and"

The sentence about general facts: Molecules are neutral particles made of two or more atoms bonded together. The proton and the electron are parts of an atom. Can we remove article before electron? ...
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Definite article when we talk about "something" that is a part of "any, arbitarary" thing

Here is a sentence from my instruction for LibreOffice Writer users: To change the measurement unit of table columns to a percentage, [you need to...] My question is whether to put "the" ...
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Is it approprirate to say 'the girl number four' or 'girl number 4'?

This might be a silly question, but here I go. If there are ten girls and each of the girls are given a number, then how to call the girl with number 4? Can I say 'the girl number four' or 'Girl ...
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The before education and computer revolution

Is "the" required before "computer" and "education system"? The computer revolution changed the education system. I mean they have become very important.
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Grammar name/term for plural nouns when speaking in a general sense

I was taught to use plurals when speaking of things in a general sense, but this is not helpful to non-native English speakers. I cannot remember the term for the rule; I think it is the zero article. ...
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What should I use here 'A' or 'The'?

A red car stopped by a Highway Patrol Officer was speeding. A joke told at the beginning of his speech made everyone laugh. 'stopped by a Highway patrol officer' and 'told at the beginning of his ...
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Using articles in sentences [duplicate]

Should articles be used if you talk about something in general? 1a) That picture belongs in museum 1b) That picture belongs in a museum 2a) Pictures belong in museum 2b) Pictures belong in a museum 3a)...
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How important/required is to explicitly state the article "a" in front of a noun?

I wrote the following. How should I approach the design of such a class? I got corrected by another user to this. How should I approach the design of such class? While colloquially acceptable, I'm ...
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I confuse between using right article

Every time, I confuse what I need to use: "a" or "the". I understood that "a" means something abstract, and "the" is used when we talk about something concrete. ...
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Definite article 'the' with the word 'painting' when speaking about crafts

I'm writing an article about Russian traditional handicrafts, such as Khokhloma, Zhostovo, and Gzhel. I know the names of these styles/techniques do not require any determiner before them when I use ...
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Is that correct to say "an enormous amount of influence/leverage"?

I'm really confused to use what before "enormous", my sentence is this: X country’s presence in the region had brought it enormous influence not only on allied countries, but even on ...
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is it "weaken Wi-Fi signal" or "weaken the Wi-Fi signal"?

Could you tell me if I need to use the before Wi-Fi signal in the sentence below? If you have a Wi-Fi router in the living room, but you'll want to connect to it from another room, then the thick ...
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Is there a guide for using the article "the" or not when referring to a university name? [duplicate]

Consider this pair of sentences This book is an outgrowth of our involvement in teaching … at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This book is an outgrowth of our involvement in teaching … at ...
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'Play a more and more significant role' vs. 'play more and more a significant role'

I am a bit confused about which of the following two sentences are correct. [A] Education plays a more and more significant role in people's lives. [B] Education plays more and more a significant ...
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Do I have to use "THE" before "Most" in the following sentence [duplicate]

I am a bit confused about whether or not I should use "THE" before "Most" in the following sentence. I have searched on the internet but I have before more confused about the issue ...
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Definite article before cardinal number in official document

The bothering sentence is: “Custom duties fees for the 99 boxes” The document is only about this 99 boxes, no other quantities are mentioned, in other line above this sentence is written “Missing 99 ...
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Can I call a piece of an apple “apple”?

Can I just say apple without an article instead of a piece of an apple? In Korean language, it’s possible. There’s apple left. There’s a piece of apple left.
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It’s a weekend. / It’s the weekend [closed]

As I see it, both versions are used [Ngram]. But I can't clearly understand the difference. Feel free to provide some examples. It’s a weekend. It’s the weekend. P.S. I read on the internet that the ...
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knife glinting in the sun

In the following sentence, should "knife" have been preceded by an article or other determiner? If not, what kind of structure does not need one? The villain, a hulking lug with Manuel ...
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Definite Article with the Unique Object "Nature"

As far as I know, the definite article the is used when referring to unique objects, for example, the world. However, I have seen that before the unique object "nature" the article is not ...
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The one with a red door. / The one with the red door

Is it possible that "a" or "the" can be used in these examples? If it's possible, so "a" article means that there are some other red doors near here? Or does it mean ...
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"The Project X" vs. "Project X"

Example: "Please let us know if you're interested in the Project X" vs. "Please let us know if you're interested in Project X" To me, the second sentence sounds better, without &...
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Is "according to plan" correct?

I saw many people's writing containing this phrase, but I am wondering why it does not need an article before the plan.
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Who do you like (the) better between/out of

Which one is correct? 1 Who do you like better between Jack and Joshua? 2 Who do you like the better between Jack and Joshua? 3 Who do you like better out of Jack and Joshua? 4 Who do you like the ...
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“A mirror” and “mirror” (without “a”)

An apple is ground or sliced, “an” can be omitted. There’s apple, watermelon, melon, etc. If a mirror is broken or shattered, can “a” be omitted? There’s mirror.
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Looking for a smartphone that has "good battery backup"? Why not "a good battery backup"?

Looking for a smartphone that has "good battery backup"? Why is it not "a good battery back up"? Why do we have to omit the article? If you are looking for a smartphone with a ...
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There's an awareness of conspicuous consumption. Why is the article 'an' needed before awareness when awareness is an uncountable noun?

1.There's an awareness of conspicuous consumption. Why is the article "an" needed before awareness when awareness is an uncountable noun? Greenpeace works to promote awareness of the dangers ...
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A the New Year's Day

Usually "New Year's Day" is treated as a holiday hence it is not used with an article. But I wonder if it's possible to use an article with it? What do you do on a New Year's Day? (any of ...

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