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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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When “most” take a before it instead of “the”

Sreedhar is the most intelligent student. Sreedhar is a most intelligent student   What is the difference?
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From United States of America or from the United States of America

would you say : I come from the United States of America or I come from United States of America ? same with United Kingdom or the United Kingdom Thank you for your help !
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Hi everyone. Is it right not to put any article after this, that?

Is it right not to put any article after this, that? Here is an example: She found a crooked little sixpence. "What", she said,"shall I do with this little sixpence?" Why not "...with this a ...
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The use of the definite article before decades [duplicate]

Why do we use "the" before decades? Internet technology developed in the 1960s. The 1970s marked the beginning of a modern society. Also, is it mandatory to use "the" before such ...
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Article “the” or not

Do not need the article "the" before the word "songs"? Here mean precisely the songs from this album and not any other.
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“to have a perfect hearing” - is the article acceptable?

"You have a perfect hearing" or "You have perfect hearing". Which one is correct? I have seen both versions and I am wondering if the first one is OK. By ”hearing" I mean "the ability to hear". If I ...
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Do we use article with adjectives modifying uncountable nouns?

In our daily unexamined routines of language, we easily overlook linguistic gaps. In our daily unexamined routines of language, we easily overlook the linguistic gaps.
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Why the definite article in “with just the suggestion of a smirk”?

This sentence from the Oxford Dictionaries Online makes me wonder about its use of the definite article. I leaned back in my chair with just the suggestion of a smirk on my face. (source) Why is ...
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…AmE has reinvigorated an old past participle “gotten” — why not “the”?

Faced with the overwhelming interpretation of (ha)ve got as simply have, AmE has reinvigorated an old past participle gotten to be used whenever other, non-possessive forms of get are intended. (...
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“I've never seen an elephant” vs. “I've never seen any elephant”

In these sentences: A: I've never seen an elephant yet. B: I've never seen any elephant yet. Which article fits better?
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“at the right time” or “at a right time” in context

Tell me please what is the difference between the following sentences. It is ok to add supplementary exercises to the main lifts. Just do it at the right time. It is ok to add supplementary ...
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noun object complement without article

The committee elected him treasurer. The coach made Timothy team captain. The school board appointed her superintendent. I saw these sentences on thefreedictionary.com (www....
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Sentence “Open in new window” in the explorer's context menu

Sure, this text comes from MS Windows explorer's context menu when you right click mouse on the folder. I am wondering if it is correct and "Open in a new window" is not more grammatical. If it is so, ...
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A question regarding using the definite article

Supposed that I already stated earlier that it was raining for while and I gave a good description of how it looked like. Now, I am wondering if I can use Rain without any articles so that only the ...
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a sore throat vs a strep throat vs strep throat

If my throat is red and it feels painful to swallow, I say I have a sore throat. Recently, I've come across "strep throat". It's an infection and it doesn't seem to be used interchangeably with "...
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Why is the definite article needed in “border on the ridiculous”?

Two dictionary sentences share the phrase "border on the ridiculous". The play's dialog borders on the ridiculous. (Merriam Webster) His suggestion borders on the ridiculous. (Cambridge) I ...
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Correct use of article 'the'

The indians are genetically incapable of being good or outstanding sportsman. Here i think it should be only indians. If i want to use the then use as the indian not the indians. Am i right? If 'no'...
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(the) best players have little time for other hobbies

I am wondering, in the following sentence: (the) best players have little time for other hobbies. Should I use the definite article? I am talking about best players in general.
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“The cow” OR “a cow” OR “cows” in this context

Article before a common noun: The cow--- a particular cow. A cow--- any cow. Cows.---all of them. But while reading an essay on cow, we usually get to see: The cow is a very useful ...
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It was the Homer's car

Can we use "the" article before names in possession, like: It was the Homer's car or it should be It was Homer's car
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Indefinite article absence in scheduled actions

This morning I saw a sign at a metrostation "Train arrives in a minute". The question is: Why the article "a" is omitted before the word "train"? I would say "A train arrives..." because 1) train here ...
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“Since the train was delayed for more than an hour, passengers were given a full refund.” – Why is there no article before “passengers”?

After all, we are talking about very definite passengers – the ones that were on that train. Can it be gathered from the sentence that not all of the passengers were given a refund? P.S. The ...
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“Siri, set the timer for X minutes”

Every time I ask Siri to set the timer for X minutes I get corrected with set a timer for X minutes I consulted some tech sites, they seem to agree on "a timer". At least, I didn't find any "...
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An event for best friends - why there isn"t the definite article?

I know a few rules when the definite article is not used with superlatives, but none fits here: An event for best friends. If I add "the", it sounds odd to me, as if I talked about certain people. ...
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Go for sail/a sail

Usually, we say He went for a sail. But today I found He went for sail. I think nouns must be qualified by articles, determiners, pronouns etc. So the first sentence is correct but I am not ...
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can 'best' go without “the” here?

Best companies have best mangment. It's not a slogan or a headline - just a sentence from a text. Is it gramatically coorrect, or you still need 'the' before 'best' here? Somehow it sounds better ...
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How to tell when to put article?

I don't know when to put definite and when to put indefinite article so I have few questions. "This is a true story about a man who chose the worst possible time for his crime. It happened in London ...
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What is the correct usage of definite/indefinite articles here?

Bob is a boy. Alice is [a/the] boy's friend. There is a dilemma to me: I know that the should be used to specify a specific boy (Bob), but at the same, should a be used there to be applied to friend ...
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Shall I use an article before the word “value”

I am not sure if the word value is countable or non-countable. So I am not sure if i should add an article before it in a context like: Our method adds a value over their method.
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On the street or on street

Why do we use definite article with "street"? When i say They found a wallet on the street I don't mean any specific street, so shy do we use "the" , I've never heard anyone saying I found a ...
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Is an article used before a noun that references a variable?

I illustrated two examples because it is difficult to formally explain my question. Can someone tell which ones of the examples below are correct? We denote the position of a node v by xv, and a set ...
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What is the difference between “during a day” and “during the day”?

What is the difference? I eat a lot during a day. I eat a lot during the day.
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Can I omit an article when it's an infographic?

Recently my company became an ambassador of a certain XYZ technology. We have designed a picture where we brag about it: "We are XYZ ambassador and 2nd biggest contributor". Now, the question is: ...
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Why is “Reports” in the sentence below without the article “The”?

Why is "Reports" in sentence below without "The"? Reports are coming in that a train has crashed near Birmingham. This sentence is copied from the book How English Works by Michael Swam and ...
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“necessary tools” or “the necessary tools”?

Tell me please if I need to include the definite article in the following sentence. I cannot fix the computer right now as I don't have (the) necessary tools for it. I am not sure whether to use ...
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“…where gin could be bought at ten cents the large nip” — what else can be used instead of “the”?

The following is an excerpt from 1984: In the low-ceilinged canteen, deep underground, the lunch queue jerked slowly forward. The room was already very full and deafeningly noisy. From the grille ...
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“the” before “history”

I have learned there is generally no article before history, unless we're talking about a specific one. But what about sentences where history doesn't mean neither what has happened nor the story of ...
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Monkey and a poisonous monkey

We have a story and one of the sentences is: I found a monkey Then the word "monkey" repeats some times getting the article "the": The monkey was good... I always went there with the ...
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The definite article before the word day [duplicate]

Why is there the definite article before 'day'? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Could it be like this? Breakfast is the most important meal of a day.
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Can someone please tell which one is right “He goes to school in Canada” or “He goes to a school in Canada”?

I'm not a native speaker and I've seen this question but couldn't answer it Which one is right "He goes to school in Canada" or "He goes to a school in Canada"
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the idea of the reviving the old-fashioned western

I read an example in "Merriam Webster dictionaries" which was: Movie audiences have effectively nixed the idea of the reviving the old-fashioned western by emphatically ignoring this latest effort. ...
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A case of using definite articles

txt is widely know file format. Should I use the article the or not when referring to it? I am familiar with the notion of txt format, but it could be wrong. As I just asked a question about using ...
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“search results” or “the search results”

Using articles is sometimes tricky. But I hope my understanding is improving with the great answers provided in this forum. Some students said that the Google search engine show xx in the search ...
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Using articles with brand names

One example: One student has reported that Safari web browser .. The brand Safari is mentioned for the first time in the text. Another case: We store the data using Oracle database Shall I ...
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Is it “go on a rampage” or “go on the rampage”?

I read a headline in "The Hindu" which was: Pant goes on the Rampage as Capitals crush Mumbai We use article "the" before a noun which we've talked about or mentioned earlier or before a ...
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Is an article needed in these opening statements?

I have some opening statements like: From programming perspective, ... And, From application development perspective, ... Not sure whether I should add definitive article for them to become: ...
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Using “The” when starting sentence with a noun

My sentence starts with a noun: Shall I add "The": The HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is becoming .. or leave it without an article: HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is becoming ..
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When does article “the” change meaning of an expression?

I want to find some examples when article "the" changes meaning of an expression, can you help me and give some examples? E.g. I'm in the school. Means I am in the building. I'm in school. ...
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“The devil is in the detail” or “The devil is in details”

Which statement is correct? The devil is in the detail Or, The devil is in details
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Why no article preceding “owner” in the phrase “owner Intercontinental Terminals Co. said”

The benzene probably arose from charred chemical tanks as overnight winds stirred remnants of their contents, owner Intercontinental Terminals Co. said. Full source I'm wondering why there is no ...