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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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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 ...
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Article or zero article

How to spell correctly? On the internet write with and without an article. Open in new tab Open in a new tab Examples: Open a URL in a new tab How to open link in new tab on html
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Articles we should use when we are talking about a specific person and clothing

Which article should I use in the question below? A) Who is the girl with the umbrella? B) Who is the girl with an umbrella? Thanks!
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Do noble deeds, not dream them **all the day**

What is the difference between all day and all the day Do noble deeds, not dream them all the day. Do noble deeds, not dream them all day. Can these two sentences used interchangeably?
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A / The Articles

We should use "the" when I am talking about a definite item and it makes sense if both me and my listeners know which item I mean. And again I should use "the" when there is only one of that thing. ...
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“The” or “a” with “that”

From Tom Odell, Another Love: And I'd sing a song that'd be just ours. Shouldn't the article “the” stand in this case? is it explained here that this song will be only ours? And the word "that" ...
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“a great many processes”

Yet a great many processes depending on such research are sought for with complete secrecy until the stage at which patents can be taken out. (J.D. Bernal "Secrecy in Industry," in L.G. Alexander, New ...
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“The web is the mirror of business” or “the web is a mirror of business”? [closed]

Please tell me what is the right form: "The web is the mirror of business" or "the web is a mirror of business"? Or which alternatives are?
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Omitting the article before the noun

Excerpt from Bookworm IV: Full Circle by Christopher Nuttall: Now, as darkness hung over the land, she knew what it cloaked. Farms destroyed, towns burnt, men conscripted, women raped, children ...
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Using “the” before this noun

I have problem in recognizing when to use "the" before a noun. In this sentence: Another problem is the delay between devices. Should I use the before delay or not?
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Why is there an indefinite article in the phrase “English as a second language”?

Usually we use the definite article before "first", "second" and so on.
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A class is an extensible program-code-template for creating objects

Given the following definitions of a class: a class is an extensible program-code-template for creating objects1 A class is the blueprint from which individual objects are created2 A ...
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on (the) Monday after next, article meaning?

I would like to know, whether: It will take place on the Monday after next. It will take place on Monday after next. It will take place on the Monday after next week. I have seen all ...
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concern, the concern, or concerns? Any difference in meaning?

The definition of concern can be found in any dictionaries like this link. Now, let's focus on a single example from that dictionary: Many people expressed concern over moves to restore the death ...
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restatement question

In England, according to a new law, older people do not have to retire unless they are mentally or physically incapable of working. Is the sentence above can be a direct replacement for; The new law ...
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Proper use of 'the' in following situation?

"Test PC is connected via Ethernet and UART to System Under Test." I'm not quite sure where to put "the" in this situation. The reader is actual test engineer which should be familiar what is meant ...
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Which article to use with 'are'?

I read the following sentence from an article online: We are a species trapped by a series of brightly lit screens. Is it grammatically correct? Or should it be "We are the species..."? Are both ...
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Is article “the” needed here?

Here’s my case: I have 3 cats and 2 dogs. (The) cats live in the house and (the) dogs live in the doghouse. I think it’s required because this is specific. So do we need “the” here?
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Confusion about use of article before the word open [duplicate]

I have a little doubt about use if article before the word open. Which one is correct in the following examples: There exists an open interval. There exists a open interval. What is the rule?
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The meaning of articles in book and chapter titles

Let’s start with an example. Does the title of the chapter „The Vanishing Glass” of „Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” mean that a vanishing glass will appear in the chapter and the title is ...
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Grammatical error in using 'the' after an adjective

In the sentence: "Please find attached the document containing the list of items." Is the usage of "the" after "attached" forbidden by some rule of the English language?
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“I had a flat in the centre of town, but I didn’t like living there, so …”

I had a flat in the centre of town, but I didn’t like living there, so … Why is there no article before “town”? (The quotation comes from Murphy’s “English grammar in use” 4th edition, page 318).
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Why doesn't “adolescent” take any articles in “listen to adolescent agonising”?

"Now, if you will excuse me, I have better things to do than listen to adolescent agonizing ... good-day to you." Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 'Adolescent' is a countable word. But ...
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A right or the right?

I found lots of examples of both in dictionaries but cannot see any regularity. Usually choice of an article depends on whether I mean a specific object or a class of objects. But what exactly is ...
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What's the difference between “much of” and much of “a/an”?

What's the difference between "much of" and much of "a/an"? For example: Not much of India is barren. You can’t see much of a country in a week. I would like to know the difference(s) ...
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Does the word potential always need an article?

To help with my English, I occasionally use Grammarly. I was writing a text today which included the following phrase: This has the double benefit of making you aware of areas that have potential ...
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“Imagine the world” or “imagine a world”?

I came across a sentence while watching a YouTube video which was: Imagine the world powered by mushrooms. Shouldn't there be "a" instead of "the"?
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Does “space” require an article?

We use "the" when there is only one of something. There's only one space. Therefore we have to say: There are millions of stars in the space. But I've seen that "space" is used without article. ...
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Advances in compiler and virtual machine technologies

In the official java tutorial we can read: However, advances in compiler and virtual machine technologies are bringing performance close to that of native code without threatening portability. I ...
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The/an urge to do something

Given the following examples from Oxford Dictionaries 1) ‘I glowered, having a strong urge to turn away from him, but I knew that he intended well.’ 2) ‘Larenia giggled after she finished ...
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Omission of articles before countable nouns

It may be winter, dark and cold, but the village of Taft will be in festive mood on December 18th.” “Ladies and Gentlemen, according to long-standing tradition… From English collocations in use (...
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What part of speech are “answer” and “enough” in this sentence?

Sirius suggested once, without any real conviction, that they all go to bed, but the Weasleys' looks of disgust were answer enough. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix I don't understand ...
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Iota of “feeling” or iota of “feelings”?

I was referring to somebody who just doesn't exhibit any emotions. And, I was curious to know whether I should choose "feeling" over "feelings" after "iota". I think feelings would be proper if we ...
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Thing is …/ The thing is

I came across this on the Internet: Thing is, it doesn't take long for the romantic version of frugality I'd imagined for myself to dissipate. Why is there no article before "thing"? Shouldn't it ...
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Why omitting articles in “get out of [something]”?

Why is it ok to omit an article in a sentence using the get out of expression: He gets out of jail. instead of He gets out of a/the jail. I found this thread, but it is somehow not really ...
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“For background on ..” vs. “for a backgroun on ..”

This is somewhat tricky articles case: For a background on X, see .. vs. For background on X, see .. By background, I mean background about a specific topic to build knowledge on it.
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Articles in 'make time for'

Does anyone know why the phrase 'make time for' uses a zero article for time? I know time is uncountable and most phrases about time use a zero article (spend time, save time, etc), however if the ...
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using “the” article in; “the Xs that exisit in the top Xs”

I have a sentence like the following: From the 400 websites, we exclude the websites that exist in the top websites list Is using the before the first mention of websites correct? I can not decide ...
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“with an estimated 311,000 deaths..”. why use “an”

I can not explain why "an" is used in the phrase "with an estimated 311,000 deaths". The word “deaths” is plural... but why add "an" in the sentence? The full sentence is below: With an estimated ...
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Could you pass me ___ remote control for ___ TV please?

Could you pass me _____ remote control for _____ TV please? a) Ø, Ø b) Ø, the c) the, Ø d) the, the I guess d is correct. What do you think, and why?
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Should I use “the” every time, when it's needed?

Consider the sentence: Determine the type of the field Should I every time put the (or a/an) in constructions like this?
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Article. The word “Respect”

Why is there an article in the first example and not in the second? Oxfordlearnersdictionaries says that: [countable] a particular aspect or detail of something He felt a grudging respect for her ...
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Articles in [noun][proper name], required?

I would like to understand the following: I know that in certain situations, the definite article is omitted, e.g.: on page 3, in Figure 1.1. But does this apply to similar structures with names? ...
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The/A or no article

Is it right to say so without the article (like the first example), implying that he is engaged in his business? If not, in what situations can not use the article, as in the first example? He is ...
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Which articulation is correct for natural things (cold, green, day, time) - A or The? [closed]

I am making the photobook, there are sceneries and one sentence phrases on the pages. I am not an English speaker, and in my language, there are no such things as articles whatsoever. This question, ...
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Can I enquire of you [the/an] additional question of whether this is also correct? Can both 'the' and 'an' be applied?

Can I enquire of you the additional question of whether this is also correct? e.g. ___ Can I enquire of you an additional question of whether this is also correct? e.g. ___ I'd like to ...