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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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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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Are articles put correctly here?

Are all article put in correct places? Here's the text: Autumn often casts a slight melancholy on people.Fine drizzling rains gradually turn into torrents coming down hard from the grey sky.A humid ...
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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?

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”

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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What is more correct way to ask, “Do the railroads have future?” or “Do railroads have a future?”

I prefer the first version because when we refer to the dogs as a class we say "the dogs", so the railroads should be the same. But I was corrected towards the second variant.
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Using definitive article with “number of”

Should I use an article with limited number of This shop is visited by a limited number of customers. Or, This shop is visited by limited number of customers.
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What is the difference between “make lunch” and “make a lunch ”?

I always thought that the only correct is make lunch or cook lunch. But in this video at 30 minutes and 32 seconds a native English teacher is saying that it is possible to say I am going to make ...
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What is the difference between “work on computer” and “work on the computer”?

I have heard people say both work on computer and work on the computer. For example: I work from home because I work on computer. I work from work because I work on the computer. Is there any ...
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article before color

Do we use definite article before colors? This command gives me all the clickable content in the red color.
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Which article do I use with “class” and “the name of a certain subject” when talking about a certain class in general?

Tell me please which article I have to use before class and the name of a certain subject in general, not about one specific class? For example: I like going to English class. I like going to ...
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Can school be used without articles

School always closes for holidays. I think it should be "schools close for holidays". Why is school used without articles here? Thanks.
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Should ''feelings of love…'' be specific here?

Why do you want a great family life? Is it because you think it will give you (-) feelings of love, intimacy, connection, or warmth? Do you want to save the world because of the feelings of ...
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The eggs you bought are out of date / Eggs you bought are out of date

1) The eggs you bought are out of date. 2) Eggs that you bought are out of date. Can we tell that the second example implies that some eggs are still good to eat? And the first means all the eggs ...
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Is it true that Article use before adjective Ture / False?

Most of the time i noticed people said that "Rahul is an honest person." which one is correct "He is an honest Person. or He is honest person." "she is an honest women or she is honest women." if ...
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which one is correct “The Home Ministry” or “Home Ministry”?

I need some suggestion about the article in both these statement which one is grammatically correct? "The Home Ministry" or "Home Ministry"? I was in college when my teacher teach me about articles. ...
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“Hamlet was written by the William Shakespeare” or “Hamlet was written by William Shakespeare”

I need some suggestion about the article in both these statement which one is grammatically correct ? I was in school when my teacher teach me about articles.Its use with unique or big personality ...
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a/the path of confrontation

I ran into a sentence while reading an article on Reuters: ...and put the two countries back on a path of confrontation. I wondered why it was a path of confrontation instead of the path of ...
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Do I use the definite article before a type of transport only when I use a certain type of transport on a regular basis?

Do I only use the before a specific transport only when I regularly use it. For example: I take the bus to work. Let's say don't usually go somewhere by cab, but I decided to use it on one ...
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The use of “a”, “the” and “zero article” before the brands of cars

Let's say I prefer the cars made by a certain company. Which article do I use in the following context? I prefer a Volvo. I prefer the Volvo. I prefer Volvo.
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Using definitive article with an algorithm name

Assume there is a well know algorithm known as XX. When I refer to it as in the following example, should I use the article or not? In this example, we assume a hybrid-mode using XX algorithm Or, ...
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'the' or 'a' to indicate a specific data type (CS context)

I googled myself a little to see which article is more commonly used with types, and I understood one commonly uses a to indicate a general type such as integer. But what about a specific type such ...
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Zero Article in Possessive Collocations

I was racking my brain to make the title clear but I don’t know how to name this article problem. It’s about a noun + of + noun. Let me give some examples. Song of the day. Man of the year. ...
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Is it necessary to use the indefinite article before the words “mother”, “mom”, “dad”, “father” when saying that someone has one?

Is necessary to use the indefinite article before mom, mother, dad, father when saying that someone has one? For example: Do you have a mom? Do you have Mom?
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Is it correct to omit the definite article before the word “dad”/“father ”and “mom”/“mother” when referring to one's parents?

Is natural to omit the definite article before mom/mother and dad/father meaning one's mom or dad. For example: Mom says that I don't have to clean my room. I will ask dad if I can take his ...
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Can numerals denoting cardinal numbers take articles (not nouns that follow them)?

He's taller than the other two. One factory of the four has already been idled in the town. 'Two' and 'four' in these sentences are still grammatically numerals and they took articles, right? ...