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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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Conceptualisation of articles

I have a question regarding the conceptual idea regarding a particular usage of articles. It's a good thing you're here. vs It's the good thing you're here. I know that the first one is correct. ...
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What article should I use with a unique thing that doesn't yet exist?

I only have an example from the IT world. I fail to come up with a similar real-life situation where I'd be unable to decide which article to use. Let's say I need to add a field (think column) to a ...
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“looking for the accessible text of the novel” vs. “looking for an accessible text of the novel”

I've come to think today whether the use of the definite article in the context of the following post is correct: Having trouble understanding Pride and Prejudice? Being visually impaired, are you ...
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“showed positive reaction” or “showed a positive reaction” for repetitive times

Do I need to use the indefinite article in the sentence below or can I omit it? In general, she showed a very positive reaction to any developments in the lessons throughout this year. I guess I ...
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Is it correct to say “Are the both of you atheists?” or “Are both of you atheists”? [duplicate]

Is it correct to say "Are the both of you atheists?" or "Are both of you atheists"? I'm quite confused if both or only one of them are correct and when to use them... Which of the ...
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Why no article in “to cleanse what they described as (a?) deep-seated corruption”?

Months later, authorities announced a campaign to “probe backwards 20 years” into Inner Mongolia’s coal industry to cleanse what they described as deep-seated corruption. Why isn't there an article &...
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On/at with morning/afternoon/evening/night [duplicate]

I have a sentence: Happiness is drinking a glass of champagne on a hot summer afternoon. So I'm thinking if we want to say the same about night do we have at night or on [article] night? I know we say ...
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Articles: I see you’ve been tucking into the biscuits again, Rob

This sentence is from BBC 6 Minute English. Neil said: I see you’ve been tucking into the biscuits again, Rob. Why did he say "the biscuits" ? What's the difference between that and just &...
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Using “the” before a non countable nouns

The decomposition of microscopic animals at the bottom of the sea results in an accumulation of .... in porous rocks. the oil / oil Which one is correct and why? I know when we are talking about a ...
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Rules for articles

I am a native English speaker (a mathematician) and have been working with a Ukrainian colleague on a paper. I am trying to understand what is happening or not happening in a simple grammatical ...
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Apples in the pie

I came across an example in the book Oxford Discover by Emma Wilkinson. What was in the pie? Apples and sugar. I have learnt that when we can no longer count an ingredient, or when the amount of end ...
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How to use “score highest” in a sentence

I want to say that she has the highest score on the math exam. Can I say it another way like below? She score highest on the math exam. She score the highest on the math exam. Which one is correct (...
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Grammar behind “a length of 2 meters”

I believe that The length of [something] is 2 meters. is basically equivalent to [Something] has a length of 2 meters. where the following is invalid: [Something] has the length of 2 meters. I'm ...
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“I didn't go to the office yesterday”. “I didn't go to work yesterday” [duplicate]

I didn't go to the office yesterday. I didn't go to work yesterday. Why is the article 'the' omitted in the second sentence.
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master the U.S. SAT English vocabulary book VS master U.S. SAT English vocabulary book

I mastered the U.S. SAT English vocabulary book in less than two months. I mastered U.S. SAT English vocabulary book in less than two months. I mastered a U.S. SAT English vocabulary book in less ...
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Why article is not used with 'novelist' noun?

I came across the below passage in a book, This is not outlier behavior; it’s instead the new normal. When the novelist Jonathan Franzen wrote a piece for the Guardian calling Twitter a “coercive ...
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Articles before names of exams

Should I use the defined article 'the' before the names of examinations? For example, should it be 'IELTS' or 'the IELTS'? 'SAT' or 'the SAT'?
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Indefinite article in question answer with the same singular countable noun

Text is Is this a pen? - No, it is not a pen. Why do we use indefinite article in the second case instead of definite article before pen?
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An article with an adjective modifying a name

If I want to describe someone with an adjective do I need an article? 1 He is angry Steve. or He is an angry Steve. or He is the angry Steve. 2 He is angry Steve now. or He is an angry Steve now. or ...
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Is it ok to use the article 'the' before the person's name sometimes?

Can we use the article 'the' before the name (Martin) in the below sentence? Generally, we do not use article before the person's name. "Please provide the Martin's signature."
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in the (time) vs in (time)

I know "in the morning" is correct and "in morning" is not. But why are "in the summer" and "in summer" both correct? How do you know when to use an article or ...
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'Kids' vs 'the kids'

I'm preparing for academic IELTS by writing some essays and then correcting those using a grammar correction app. In the following sentence, Therefore, despite kids tend to form unfriendly societies, ...
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Can I use 'a' after 'are' in a conjunction sentence?

'Black mold or toxic black molds are a hazardous health variety of micro fungus that usually grow in your buildings' damp areas—for example, bathroom, basement, kitchen, etc.' Q1: In the above ...
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“part of the time”, but “a good part of the day”?

Citation from Definition of "part" noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary: We spent part of the time in the museum. We spent a good part of the day rehearsing. Question Are ...
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Indefinite article before plurals

I have came across such sentence: By now, Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne for an astounding 67 years. Why do we use "an" here, even though 67 years is plural?
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The American accents/The British accents VS American accents/British accents

Do you think in the sentence below we should use the definite article or not before the highlighted phrases? I like (the) British accents better than (the) American accents. I have seen both of the ...
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“Over years of” or “over the years of”?

Could you tell me if need to use the before years in the context below? Over years of working with people Kate has learned how to establish a rapport with people. Over the years of working with ...
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Which article would be more natural here?

He's had conflicts everywhere he's been. A/the manager at/of a restaurant where he worked as a waiter told the police that he... Could someone please tell me which article you would find more natural ...
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Twinge of (a) thought

I didn't pay attention to that twinge of (a) thought of losing what I hadn't lost yet. Should there be an article in this phrase?
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Which article to use before a noun that is being repeated in a sentence?

Should I use a definite or indefinite article before a noun that is being repeated in a sentence? For example, should I use "the" or "a" in the following sentence before the second ...
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An article before house

Why in the sentence The dream of the Algerians is a fountain in the house. "the" is used before house? Is house used here as the concept of house? Everyone has his own idea of house and &...
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The use of article 'the'?

Which one is correct and why? 'One has rightly said that the beauty is only skin deep' Or 'One has rightly said that beauty is only skin deep'.
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“An NFT” vs “a NFT” [duplicate]

I noticed a video titled something like "What is an NFT?" and immediately thought the title is wrong and it should be "what is a NFT?" But after trying to pronounce it with "a&...
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What is the difference between “Of”, “Of the”, “the Of the” and “the Of ”?

I am learning English from the book and I read the sentence that make me very confuse. The sentence is "I have no memory of the moment of impact." I can't really understand this meaning. ...
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Prepositions used when referring to a country's timezone: 7 o'clock at/by Moskow time [duplicate]

Let's meet at 7 o'clock at Moskow time Let's meet at 7 o'clock by Moskow time Is the first or the second one correct? If they are both inaccurate, can you please give a correct version? And did I ...
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Definite/indefinite article usage in literature

Could you please help to understand the following sentence's grammar: Now, I'll fetch the wood and the coals, and you get a duster, Mole — you'll find one in the drawer of the kitchen table (Kenneth ...
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Difference between “one” and “the one”

Could anyone please tell me the difference between one and the one? 1- He is one who committed many crimes. 2- He is the one who committed many crimes. 3- He is one who killed two people. 4- He is the ...
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three miles down in a valley

In my book there is the text: He made his way back to where Dad and Kate were half-dozing in the heat. "I have to rest, Dad," he said. He flopped to the ground in a dirty, broken heap. &...
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An article before soundtrack

Why the definite article is used before "soundtrack" but not used before "movie" in the sentence below since both words are unspecified for listener: Name a movie where the ...
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Article “the” why is it the Port Authority Bus Station and not “the Penn Station”? [duplicate]

Why is it “the” Port Authority Bus Terminal, but not “the Penn Station”?
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No article for noun + number?

I'd like to understand if there should always be no article before nouns followed by a number, like in the following examples: The train arrives at platform 5. The flight departs from gate 7. In my ...
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Use of indefinite article with non countable nouns [closed]

As per the article rule, we should not use an indefinite article before the non countable nouns. But following are the examples of the indefinite articles with non countable nouns. Day 3 has been a ...
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When to omit the article before a noun?

I am confused about when one can omit the article "the"/"a" in front of a noun. Examples are During (the) observation, it was noticed that ... The results of (a) quantitative ...
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Why is no article used before the nouns “custody” and “possession” in the phrase “to have custody/possession of”?

With most nouns, we use the definite article when we are talking about specificity. But why don't we use any article in such cases: She has the custody of her daughter. He has the possession of a gun....
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One of my favourite flowers is tulips/a tulip/the tulip/tulip

Which one is correct? One of my favourite flowers is tulips/a tulip/the tulip/tulip
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Why is there no article before “use” in “indefinitely suspended use of the vaccine”?

This is a sentence from Wikipedia, from article on Astra-Zeneca vaccine: On 14 April, the Danish Health Authority indefinitely suspended use of the vaccine. Why not "the use" is used here?
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Articles in general speaking

The cat is a small, furry animal with four legs and a tail. A mobile phone is a portable telephone that can make and receive calls over a radio frequency link while the user is moving within a ...
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Articles in which/what sentences

Why aren't articles used in which or what questions? (For example: What flavor would you like?)
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“A similar trend can be observed with Banking sector” vs “in the Finance sector” [closed]

I'm preparing for academic IELTS by writing some essays and then correcting those using a grammar correction app. When I write "A similar trend can be observed with Banking sector" ...
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Articles before pōwhiri

A pōwhiri may not be performed for every group of manuhiri (visitors); a mihi whakatau ("informal greeting to visitors") may be used instead. Pōwhiri is often used for special visitors or ...

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