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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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Difference between “a” and “the”

Is there a difference between a and the in the following context? As an English speaker do they both sound natural? What is a/the computer? A/the computer is an automatic electronic machine that ...
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“I am machine” without an article?

I have a question about lyrics of a song "I Am Machine" by Three Days Grace. I mentioned that they used no article in this song. Is it grammatically okay to say "I am machine" without an article and ...
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What article do we need in this example?

They offer several payment methods, one of them being a credit card. They offer several payment methods, one of them being the credit card. They offer several payment methods, one of them being credit ...
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Why isn't there an article in “would you wanna grab coffee sometimes?”

I came across this sentence recently and I’m really curious why there isn't an article before coffee. So here’s the sentence: You don’t need to text me back. I completely understand if you don’t ...
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When do i use an definite or indefinite article instead of nothing after the word “of”?

I hear it's not correct to use an indefinite article after "of". But i don't know exactly in which cases it's correct and in which not. And also, maybe it doesn't only apply to the word "of". Maybe ...
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Using “a” or not before a disease name

Which sentence is correct: He has a poorly controlled diabetes mellitus. He has poorly controlled diabetes mellitus.
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should I use ‘the gym’ or ‘a gym’?

A: Where are you going? B: I am going to the/a gym. (first time ever B has mentioned the 'gym' to A) My intuition tells me that I should use 'the'. But the 'gym' is an new information for A. So ...
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Definition of “definitiveness”. Is there a simple way to tell whether a noun is definite or not?

“The letter from the company gave a final warning that the bill should be paid by the end of the week.” (From Hewings’s “Advanced grammar in use”). If something is final, how can it be indefinite? ...
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Can we skip using articles in some sentences?

I am wondering if I don’t put “a” in this sentence, will it still sound okay or natural. The IP camera will be supplied by a local IP camera service provider in each country. Do we always need to ...
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Article before “tears”

Should I use definite article before "tears"? In Queen's "Somebody to love" song they use it for some reason: I get down on my knees and I start to pray till THE tears run down from my eyes Is ...
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Is it not correct to say “I have the brown eyes” instead of “I have brown eyes”, and why?

I encountered the following sentence in a Duolingo course (and there are no other sentences): I have brown eyes. However, I was told that "I have the brown eyes." is not correct here. I don't ...
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“the role of guide” or “the role of a guide”?

While Heaphy was in the role of hawk-eyed, sure-handed, specimen-procuring guide, Hochstetter, Haast and their colleagues were delighted by him and quick to sing his praises. (source) This sentence ...
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Problem on use of definite THE [closed]

Why is "a" bench of kk thakur and rs Sharma not "the" bench of kk thakur and rs Sharma? As "the" is use for definite?
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Kiss on the cheek or a cheek?

Instead of shaking her hand, kiss her on the cheek. Why do we say "the" instead of "a"? If we say "the", which cheek are we talking about? Shouldn't it be "a"?
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Which article to use: 'the' / 'a'

I saw this news on the site, I would like to understand why this or that article is used. Grammarly also highlights the error " ̶a̶ credit" The first option was used on the site. Pete Rosenberg ...
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Definite articles with adverb words like “very” and “much”

Can we use definite articles with adverb words like as, rather, very, much, quite, so, and such, too? Which one of these is grammatically correct: (A) He is a very good person. (B) He is ...
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''We have a/the Christmas party today'' [duplicate]

We have a Christmas party today We have the Christmas party today Which one is grammatically correct?
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Using 'a' multiple times after commas and 'and'

For example in sentence with structure: X is a well known and widely used technology... X is a well known and a widely used technology ... Y consists of three layers: a lower layer, middle layer and ...
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Should it be “German society” or “the German society”?

This is a line I came across in someone's bio. Apparently the author is not a native speaker of English. Since 2005 I have extended my research on education to the German society. I am under the ...
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Article the/a Which one is correct? [duplicate]

Please give an explanation. And you can give a link to the extended use of articles? I just do not understand why in this case the article "the" is put, if this noun is singular, then the article "a" ...
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Commit a crime/ commit murder

Why is crime proceeded by a, while murder is not? 1) Commit murder/rape/suicide/adultery On the other hand 2) commit a robbery/a crime/an offense Why do robbery, crime, and ...
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“oversight of genetic testing” or “the oversight of genetic testing”?

The following sentence is from Oxford dictionary: Who has oversight of genetic testing? Now, my question is why the article "the" hasn't been used here. In other words is it wrong to say Who ...
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Which to choose: “a high rate of detection” or “the high rate of detection”?

How can I decide which one to choose? The experiment achieves a high rate of detection with very low error margin. The experiment achieves the high rate of detection with very low error margin....
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'the end of next week' versus 'end of the year'

The both example sentences come from https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/end Both Governments are working towards brokering a deal before the end of next week. Many say the two new ...
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“What a relief?” – Why do we need an article?

“Oxford learners Dictionary” states that “relief” (at least when it means removal of anxiety/pain) is an uncountable noun. Then why do we use the indefinite article in this phrase? Are there any other ...
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“The Jesus who said” - why is there a definite article before the proper name “Jesus”?

The system doesn't seem to be providing for the well-being of all the people, and that's what makes it, almost in its very nature, something contrary to the Jesus who said, "Blessed are the poor. Woe ...
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This is more a mutual [closed]

Below is a certain dictionary explanations. agree on : Two or more people have the same view about an issue. This is more a mutual. It suggests an equality in status. Q: In the above sentence, I ...
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Should we add an article in the phrase “by return owl” in this case?

what do you think you are playing at, walking off into the forest with Viktor Krum? I want you to swear, by return owl, that you are not going to go walking with anyone else at night. There is ...
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Definite article or zero article

Can you please explain which one is suitable? Did you watch the football yesterday? Or Did you watch football yesterday? I think definite article(the) is suitable here because this is specific ...
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“risk of injury” or “risk of an injury”?

Tell me please if need to use any article before the word injury in the following context. If you deadlift the way you do, the risk of (an) injury is extremely high. I am confused because the ...
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“develop awareness of”, “develop an awareness of” or “develop the awareness of”?

Tell me please if I should use any article before the word awareness in the following sentence. Many don't realise that they arch their lambar spine during the squat, so it is crucial to develop (...
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What's the difference “Thank you for making a helpful post.” and “Thank you for making the helpful post.” in this context?

When I come across the post that helps me, I make a comment, "Thank you for making a helpful post", meaning "Thank you for making ONE post that helps me." I know that "Thank you for making the ...
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In what cases can “the” be used with a noun phrase? [closed]

In what cases can "the" be used with a noun phrase? what is the rule?
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The use of articles

"The statistics on rate of learning English are impressive." I came across this sentence in a grammar textbook. I do not understand why there is not a definite article before for "rate of learning ...
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The omission of articles before the word “year” in context

Here is the context: Christmas is an especially difficult time of (a) year, but my kids and my husband have been really supportive and I'm much better now. It is from this article. I am aware that ...
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These are (the) / (nothing) lobsters

I was in my son's English class (beginner) and there was a picture of a lobsters on it. The teacher wanted the kids to form a correct sentence using 'lobster(s)'. A kid said: "These are the lobsters."...
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Why is the definite article used in this paragraph?

Consider the bold phrases in this prograph: Spotts et al. [5] performed a CFD study of the compressible flow through convergent–conical nozzles to investigate the effect of the nozzle pressure ...
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'The' vs zero article with 'Roman numerals'

What article, zero or definite, will be grammatically correct in the sentence below and why? How is the number 5 written in ___ Roman numerals? My answer was the zero article only, however my ...
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Using 'a' + 'kind of' + noun [closed]

Is there any difference in using kind of + noun with or without a at the beginning? For example, It is kind of animal. vs It is a kind of animal.
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Definite Article Help [closed]

Do I need to use the definite article in a Park District name or acronym? IE, this hypothetical with the Chicago Parks Department: "The CPD will not compete against organizations currently meeting ...
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“I just sent a mail” or “I just sent mail”

I'm wondering if it is "I have sent a mail to him" Or "I have sent mail to him" I could not find much online. Thank you.
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“A daughter’s life”: the usage of the article

What else but sail to save a daughter's life, and pray she still drew breath? It seems to me that the article in bold is redundant. Why is it used in this text? Is it grammatically correct?
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Definite article or No article?

I just came across the following sentence; Many Americans love to watch reruns of the I Love Lucy show. and think that the in there is extraneous. What rule applies to it?
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“Through critical engagement with philosophical texts” or “Through a critical engagement with philosophical texts”

Through (a) critical engagement with philosophical texts, I examine the phenomena and provide an in-depth analysis. This is a line I am writing. The noun "engagement" seems tricky. Scrolling down ...
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I don't understand the usage of 'a' in this sentence

I have trouble understand this sentence: The kernel maintains a data structure called a page table, that contains a mapping of a processes' virtual page addresses to real page addresses in memory....
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“the shadow of a doubt” or “a shadow of a doubt” or “shadow of doubt”

It seems all these three versions are in use: "the shadow of a doubt", "a shadow of a doubt", and "shadow of doubt", as suggested by Google Dictionary and Google search results. Google Dictionary (...
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Why didn't they use the definite article before these words in this paragraph?

Last night, I was reading this article: The article Ok, probably you cannot download the paper then I toke a screenshot and uploaded it here for you: Please read this paragraph(Highlighted in the ...
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“I am the chair of the Economics Department” or “I am chair of the Economics Department”?

While I know in certain contexts a title should not be preceded by the definite article, e.g. "He was elected president," I find myself in doubt whether to use the definite article in such a sentence: ...
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The usage of articles [closed]

Which variant is correct and why? 1.Salad is a good starter. 2. A salad is a good starter. 3. The salad is a good starter.
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Article usage in “A State of Trance”

So I stumbled upon this somewhat old music record label (you can google it if you are not familiar with it). Then I thought, why is there an 'a' article. Shouldn't it be 'the'? In any name of a movie, ...