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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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“preparing for IELTS” vs. “preparing for the IELTS”

I've read a tutorial about article on Cambridge. I've also understood the general rules about the usage of "the". How about a famous examination/test, like IELTS? By "famous", I mean something like "...
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“the night sounds” vs. “night sounds”

I've gone through Cambridge Dictionary grammar tutorial on "the" From VOA We sat under the stars and listened to the night sounds. In a complete situation, should those night sounds be mentioned ...
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How to avoid excessive usage of a/an?

How should I go about such cases when I present something new in my narration and, therefore, should use indefinite article "a/an" right before each new thing, but there are two many of those new ...
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Do I need to make the following changes when writing an abbreviation?

In math, there is a concept called random variable, and for convenience people usually just write r.v. I have some questions regarding writing the abbreviation r.v. in a sentence. Would a native ...
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at a rate or at the rate?

He was going at a rate of 50 miles per hour. OR He was going at the rate of 50 miles per hour. Which one is the most appropriate grammatically speaking and why?
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“first private company”

SpaceX becomes first private company to launch humans into orbit. Source Is it correct to use "the first" or "a first" here?What's the difference among them if so?
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What’s the difference between We need someone to take ownership of the issue. and We need someone to take ‘the’ ownership of the issue?

What does having ‘the’ before ownership in the second sentence indicate? When to use ‘the’ if I want to use ‘the’ before ownership?
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it’s a pleasure meeting you or it’s pleasure meeting you.Why do we put the article’a’ when pleasure is an abstract and uncountable noun?

How to use uncountable nouns as countable nouns? Here pleasure is abstract noun and how to identify uncountable nouns as countable nouns according to situations?
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Is it possible to have a zero article in front of a count noun

I am trying to write a contract. This is what I am trying to write: Instructor must ensure a clean, tidy and well-lit teaching environment. Maybe I am overthinking things but should I add an ...
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What’s the difference between abide by law and abide by the law? What does the article the’ before the word law represent?

Is the phrase abide by law is correct? How to use articles after prepositions like by and in ?
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worked at (the) production planning department

Is the necessary when we talk about in general but at the same time specifically mentioning a department as follows I have worked at the production planning departments of various manufacturing ...
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“the” with city features

In Does "make 3 predictions" sound natural? I make up a sentence I'd like to make 3 predictions about the future of New York City, which are about population, housing prices and crime ...
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Why is there no article after “no” in “I have no car”

Examples. "I have no car", "I have no TV". BUT "I have not a car" There was a thread on it, but the answers were pretty superficial to say the least and only based on someone's opinion. I read a ...
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Which article to use?

The Articles are confusing, look at these two sentences and tell me is there a difference in their meaning. Assume ( a total of 5 windows in this case) 1a) My ball hit the window of our principal's ...
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I have a\the daughter

I don't really understand why we say I have a daughter using the "a" article. It's not a random person in the street, it's not one of my 78 daughters, this is the only daughter I have. I have no ...
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“the situation” vs. “a situation”

Consider the following sentences "brain drain" refers to a situation in which large numbers of educated and skilled people leave their own country to live and work in another one. "brain drain"...
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Is the phrase “the new staff at Tech company” correct?

An IELTS helper post says I'm currently the new staff at Tech company with a specialty in IT Is that correct? Does it need a article in between "at Tech company"? I'm currently the new staff ...
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“at + noun” without article between

Consider these that's what I learned at school that's the major I learned at University she works at home How many people are working at Microsoft In those examples "at school", "at ...
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The atom or an atom?

I have found the following definition of the proton: the subatomic particle found in the atom's dense central core that has a positive charge Why is "the" used before "atom"? Would not it be ...
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“To improve 'the' independent living skills among people with visual loss, vision rehabilitation is important”

To improve 'the' independent living skills among people with visual loss, vision rehabilitation is important. In the above sentence, can I put 'the' in front of independent, or there should not any ...
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When someone uses threats to compel someone else to do something, how do you describe it?

When someone uses threats to compel someone else to do something, how do you describe it? Specifically, what preposition should I use, should I use an article in the expression under the threat of ...
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“under the sunlight” VS “in the sunlight” VS “under sunlight” VS “in sunlight”?

Suppose that you want to say that you have put your wet shirt outside so that the sunlight dries it off. Now if you want to mention the sunlight in your sentence with a prepositional phrase, how would ...
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“For a second” vs. “for the second”

Could you tell me if the use of the but not a affect the meaning of the following sentence in any way? Could you lay your phone aside and listen to me for a second. Could you lay your phone ...
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Should I duplicate articles in a sequence of homogeneous parts of a sentence?

For example He was a grumpy man, bachelor, and combat veteran. Is it okay? How about this He was a grumpy man, bachelor, and Iraq veteran. Now, the last homogeneous part of the sentence ...
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Please help me to finished my sentence: article usage and present tense [closed]

"The main reason for this is the traditional Chinese way of teaching English language tends to stress the importance of grammar and reading practice, but attention paid to speaking probably was even ...
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Article before year in 'several months or year'

I noticed that it is written both ways, for example: I have enough to last me for the next several months or year. I have enough to last me for the next several months or a year. My question is are ...
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“I need to dig deeper in hard disk” VS “I need to dig deeper in the hard disk”?

I need to dig deeper in hard disk or I need to dig deeper in the hard disk. Which one is right? Is hard disk uncountable? Is hard disk uncountable noun in the first sentence if the ...
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The question about the English articles. A/an or The?

I've been looking for an answer to my question for a long time, but I've got no results. I've read plenty of grammar books but haven't found the straight and clear answer for the question in the topic ...
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usage of definite article

1) I found this book the most interesting. My grammar book says this is wrong and the "the" must be removed and it should be: 2) I found this book most interesting. Doesn't the first sentence ...
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How to refer to a series of pairs?

To enumerate all the pairs of jeans I have, using commas and without repeating "pair", may I put it like this: I have a pink, a black, a grey, two dark and a blue pairs of jeans. Should I ...
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Which article to use and why?

Which article should I use and why, both seem correct to my senses. Here I'm talking only about a leg of mine not both. a) I have the leg of a footballer. OR b) I have a leg of a ...
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Do I need to use “an” in this sentence?

I need to write a sentence, and I have problems with whether I need to use "an" or not. I use the text of books to search for similar sentences, since i'm a beginner and I have problems with grammar. ...
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Articles used interchangeably?

As the definite article is used when we mention something for the second time or we mean the specific thing, would it be right to use the definite or indefinite article interchangeably before the noun ...
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Articles..again

As it is possible to use an indefinite article with the same noun that has been mentioned before, would it be possible to use the indefinite article before every word ‘table’ in the following ...
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What’s the difference between due to lockdown and due to a lockdown? Can I use article before the word lock down?

People are working from home due to lockdown or people are working from home due to a lockdown? Which one is true? And why the other one is not true incase one of the usages is not correct?
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Repeating the indefinite article with differing adjectives?

After that event, I became a more heartful, a soulful, a fearless, a self-contained person OR After that event, I became a more heartful, soulful, fearless, self-contained person By the way, can we ...
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“Have you seen James's Guitar? ” Where's the error here? [closed]

I failed to find mistake in the following sentences: Have you seen James's Guitar? I found this as an MCQ in a book. but I didn't get any explanation of the mistakes. Kindly help me to find the ...
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Man or a/the man?

What I know is that singular common noun 'man' denotes the human being in general sense. In that sense, no article is needed before it, nor should we use the plural form 'men' : "MAN IS MORTAL". (NOT, ...
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Definite article The usage

Why definite article “the” is used before 1)Historical monuments (example: The TajMahal). 2)Books and newspapers (example: The Harrypotter and The Indian Express) and 3)Plannets (The earth) ,...
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“The next time I am in the city”, “next time I am in the city”, “the next time I will be in the city” or “next time I will be in the city”?

Which one is the most correct and natural: the next time I am in the city, next time I am in the city, the next time I will be in the city or next time I will be in the city? For example: We could ...
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How would you go? ________ plane? [closed]

You have to help me on this fill in the blank in this fill in the blank you have to use the preposition
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“cure for the COVID-19” vs. “cure for COVID-19”

According to post Difference between "infected with" and "infected by", "COVID-19" might be the name of that disease. Therefore, there should be a "the" before it when one mentions ...
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Definite / Indefinite Article

1.Which article should I use in the sentence below. I have noticed that ‘the ‘is often used in this kind of situation * (question on forums). Let’s assume that nothing indicates that the question is ...
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You bought your child a stuffed bunny animal. Is it natural to say to the child: “Do you love Bunny?” or “Do you love the Bunny?”?

See this kid song ..... Bars, bars, why don‘t you climb the bars Yes, yes, yes, I want to climb the bars Good, good, the bars are fun for you Yay, yay, yay, I like them, ooh! ...
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Usage of 'the' and no article

Should I use the in the following sentences or not? Every colony of ants has worker ants. The worker ants/ worker ants protect their colony and the queen ant. Colonies of ants have worker ants. The ...
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Usage of articles for animals

While I was reading my grammar book I found below sentences with explanations: 1) A Cow is a useful Animal. 2)The Dog is a faithful animal. I don’t know why “A cow” is used and why “The dog” ...
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A/the interchangeable?

Back then we had open sewers. He was a filthy kid, always riding his bicycle into a drain, falling into mud etc. Back then we had open sewers. He was a filthy kid, always riding his bicycle into ...
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Articles in English

I'm student of English Philology. I have a little specific problem from determiners. I don't know when I should use determined kind of determiners. For example in this sentence Our mayor is ...
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A Turing machine x The Turing machine, articles in scientific concepts and tools

I would like to understand why sometimes the indefinite article is used, I thought that the whole name, the concept is "the Turing machine". In texts, I often see it used as a regular noun (the first ...
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