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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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Articles at the beginning of sentences in scientific writing

I'm writing my master thesis in english as a non-native speaker. I start a lot of sentences without an article and one of my lectors (a non-native speaker like myself) found this to be odd and marked ...
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I took the wrong article and changed the meaning. Is it wrong?

If I say ‘’Those are the pencils which I use to write in English’’ you know that I only use these pencils so the definite article excludes the existence of other things in this category. If I say ‘’...
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Which of the following sentence is correct ?(use of definitive article related)

What is the name of game in screenshot? What is name of the game in screenshot? What is the name of the game in screenshot? What is name of game in screenshot? Which of the above mentioned sentence ...
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Using an article after “which we call”

I am hesitant in using an article after the sentence which we call. Example: We discovered a new attack model which we call "man-in-the-middle" attack Or We discovered a new attack model ...
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How do you see the difference between these two sentences?

Could someone explain the difference between these two? Why does the first one take the definite article and the second one takes the indefinite article? 1) Thousands of years ago, it was only ...
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Should one use “the” for three-dimensional space?

These molecules can rotate in the three-dimensional space. My feeling is that the article should be omitted. I'm not completely sure, though. What grammatical rule should we appeal to?
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“Distance” vs “a distance”

I would like to understand in which cases the word distance is a mass noun and in which it is not. Indeed, distance is something that one can measure, so for me it looks like it should be a mass noun. ...
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Do we need the definite article or the indefinite article before something (e.g., a gift) that someone gave us and we thank them for it?

Which article do I have to use in the following sentence? Thank you for a/the tip. What if the noun were preceded by an adjective? Thank you for a/the great tip.
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“A modern world“ vs ”the modern world"

“Angels & demons” (03:53): "The church is at a crossroads - so riven by change and dissent - its ancient traditions threatened by a modern world." What meaning might the narrator be trying to ...
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Is it true that if we start a sentence with 'the', this 'the' can be omitted?

The data in Tables 1 were assembled from studies in North America... Fluxes shown in Table 1 are different from Tables 2 and 3 because... Results of the calculations indicate that .... ...
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My research about definiteness in English. Does it work?

Please do not laugh, it is truly hard. Trying to come up with one strict rule about definiteness in English (I wasn't able to find one) I collected some information and ask to check it out. Does that ...
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The ultimate rule of taking the right article

A while ago I read a grammar book where I was said to use a definite article every time a noun is followed by a qualifying clause with OF or another preposition. 1.1 The first person to run the mile ...
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A car vs the car - English Article

Consider the following sentence from Oxford learners' dictionary, under their entry for the: There was an accident here yesterday. A car hit a tree and the driver was killed. In the first sentence,...
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Articles for different types of 'analysis'

All examples, except the last one, are from Longman dictionary A factor analysis identified ten significant factors affecting women’s rights. A structural analysis showed that the roof was ...
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‘tell a story’ or ‘tell the story’ in a single sentence

The single sentence: The novel tells the story of a salesman. Can I say: The novel tells a story of a salesman? I chose a story, but the answer is the story.
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Which 'the' can be omitted in the construction of '[the] nounA of [the] nounB'

The ABC analysis was adopted in this study. The results of the ABC analysis were subjected to the DEF analysis. ABC and DEF are two specific types of analysis. I am not sure in what circumstances ...
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Why did natives use 'a' over 'the' in the 2 following cases?

Recently I asked a question about articles. Since I did not understand that case clearly I continued on this topic and have a couple of another questions why authors (native English speakers) used 'a' ...
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A new furniture for an empty room. Is the article correct?

A new furniture for an empty room. It's a grammar assignment related to articles. What made me confused here is either 'a' new furniture or 'the' new furniture. Which one is correct?
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“top left” vs. “the top left”

This page says The main diagonal of a matrix consists of those elements that lie on the diagonal that runs from top left to bottom right. Would adding "the", which gets "from the top left to the ...
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By the side of the road vs by a side of the road

Here's a sentence: The Good Samaritan Parable tells a story of how a jew traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho was robbed and beaten by criminals who then left him to die by THE side of the road. ...
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Make me a trust

Is it possible to say in this way, implying trust in something or someone, at the same time using the article? As from the lyrics of the song Imagine Dragons "Make me A believer." Grammarly suggests ...
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Questions on compund nouns in the form of 'A of B'

In this forest, we have ten different types of trees. Each type of trees needs a specific type of fertilizers. The choice of fertilizers is depending on the type of trees. Hi, I don't know when to ...
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new puppy vs a new puppy

What is the difference between "new puppy" and "a new puppy"? Take this sentence for example: My brother’s daughter and new puppy are already best buds What if we add an indefinite article berere ...
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Can we use a definite article when someone we are talking to doesn't know of the topic yet?

As for my question about the difference between I like a movie, Pulp Fiction. I like the movie, Pulp Fiction. A commenter answered: I would say the only difference in usage is that you would use ...
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Is it correct to use 'the' with 'person' the very first time in the sentence?

A little while ago I was scrolling through my friend's Instagram & it seemed to me that one of her photos' description could be grammatically incorrect a bit. The description is "Today I saw ...
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Cases where we can omit articles?

I often get confused with the definite article. For instance in the following sentence should we use the or not? 4 easy steps to update the recipient of your Optiscore Subscription Putting a ...
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Why doesn’t “king” have an article in “The lion is king of the jungle”?

I am learning articles and trying to understand some edge cases. Help me to decipher the role (the meaning) of articles in this sentence: The lion is king of the jungle. The lion - is a generic ...
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Should I write “Notes from the Microsoft immersion session” or “Notes from Microsoft immersion session”?

Should I write "Notes from the Microsoft immersion session" or "Notes from Microsoft immersion session"? In general we always say,"Notes from the immersion session". Does having Microsoft (with ...
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Creation of comprehensive flowchart for using English articles

I am trying to create a comprehensive flowchart for using the English articles - the, a, an. Can you check it and give me some feedback about errors, inaccuracies, possible improvements? May be some ...
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about use of an article in front of 'trim'

I'd like to ask about use of an article before the noun 'trim' when 'trim' means: "material that is used to decorate clothes, furniture, cars, etc., especially along the edges, by being a different ...
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Are all article combinations valid patterns for “the” ɴᴏᴜɴ of “the” ɴᴏᴜɴ?

Please consider: We should pay attention to the quality of the presentation. We should pay attention to the quality of presentation. We should pay attention to quality of presentation. We should pay ...
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Usage of 'the delay of 30 minutes'

Why don't we say "There was the delay of 30 minutes." instead of "There was a delay of 30 minutes.". When we say 30 minutes delay, hasn't the indefinite noun 'delay' changed to a definite noun because ...
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When does 'of' make a noun specific and require 'the'?

I still don't understand when to use 'the' with noun combinations like [abstract n]+'of'+[n] and when to not. Grammarly flags 'absence of' (suggests putting 'the' before it) but doesn't flag 'lack ...
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Is it correct to use “polymerase chain reaction” without “the” definite article?

After all, numerous kinds reactions are known and PCR is just one of them. For example, we say: “the Arbuzov reaction”, “the reaction between baking soda and vinegar” etc. Moreover, scholarly articles ...
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Why ever use “the” for things that are obviously not unique?

My gears are grinded any time I read "we specialize in the Blockchain" and "such language runs on the JVM" etc. If there are more than one specific thing, why not use "Blockchains" or "JVMs"?
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Article “The” before not particular year

I've found a sentence: February is the second month of the year. And a little bit confused, why do in English it is correct to put "the" before the word "year" in this sentence when we do not ...
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Definite Article use before contract names and numbers

I've been struggling with the definite article and its usage in contracts' names. Please comment and explain, I would appreciate any help! P.S. Language of origin is Russian. Examples of the ...
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Definite article in definitions

I have noticed a pattern of using the definite article „the” that occurs in definitions, and I don’t know how to explain that. The pattern is as follows: "A/An + term + basic description. The + term + ...
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Use of 'the' after 'both'

Is using 'the' after 'both' in the sentence example correct? 'He is both the troublemaker and worth the trouble'
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“The most something” vs. “most something”

It might be Procter & Gamble that makes the most washing powders. Do we need “the” here? It seems to me that the sentence means the number of washing powder trademarks offered by Procter & ...
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A bat vs bats vs the bats

Which one of these sentences is correct: A bat is not a bird, but a mammal. or Bats are not birds but mammals or The bats are not birds but mammals.
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Use of articles for different qualities

Is the following sentence incorrect? Churchil was a great orator and a great politician of his time. Some say that when article refers to a single person it must be used just once As Churchil ...
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Enlgish Article “the” vs no article

Consider the sentence below. The total mass is the sum of the mass of all components. I do not understand why definite article "the" is followed by the word "mass." Why the word "mass" is specific?...
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a peach, orange, or apple Or a peach, an orange, or an apple [closed]

What is the difference between these two phrases: a peach, orange, or apple a peach, an orange, or an apple Can we distribute articles when "or" is used as a conjunction?
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In running such a game, a/the computer may freeze

Having the following sentences and lines of reasoning: Video Games are becoming more and more hardware demanding. In running such a game, the computer may freeze. (*) My line of reasoning: the ...
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Definite article for not specific things

This is an extract from an exercise on indefinite articles from an English text-book: ... Gary works in a restaurant. He brings the food to the tables. He is a waiter. But my question ...
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The definite article with names

Let's suppose there is a cinema house called 'Dream'. How to refer to it? In cinema 'Dream' In the cinema 'Dream' In 'Dream' cinema Or In band 'Abba' In the band 'Abba' In 'Abba' band In the '...
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“Latters” or “the latter” or “latter” when referring to plural?

Which of the following are correct ways to refer to the last noun in plural and why: As these pieces of code mutate their objects, the latter are not safe to pass around. Or As these pieces of ...
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“started as designer and supplier of ” VS “started as the designer and supplier of ”

About the overview of a company, I see: Over fifty years ago, we started as designer and supplier of aircraft and missile components. Would it more gramatically correct if we say: ...
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Why does the English language need the definite article to refer unique items?

Isn't that obvious what we are talking about in the following sentences? If it is obvious, why we need an extra word in there? The world is beautiful. World is beautiful. The pope said these words. ...