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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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Would "their" rather than "my" in this context be better?

I am reading A Woman Makes a Plan: Advice for a Lifetime of Adventure, Beauty, and Success and get stuck by this paragraph: I was not the only model in Toronto in my forties, of course. While ...
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Usage of Articles in Relative clauses

1. Tom is talking to a woman. Do you know her? 2. Do you know the woman Tom is talking to? 3. The man I was sitting next to on the plane talked all the time. In the first sentence, we used 'a woman', ...
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Spring is the best season of {a/the} year

Spring is the best season of ____ year. a or the? Year is not definite. It can be any year. Shouldn't it be "season of a year."?
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"We only sell it by the meter." — Is it correct to replace "the" with "a" here? (by the meter → by a meter = by one meter)

one of the meanings of "by" from oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com: by — used with "the" to show the period or quantity used for buying, selling or measuring something: (1a) We ...
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Missing an article before professions [duplicate]

I’ve met some cases of not using an article A before a profession. One of them was in “Friends” when Monica said: “I’ll be coordinator” Here I thought it was just her mistake in speaking English. But ...
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"An a hundred millilitre bottle"

After searching online for some time, I still haven't found anything quite like my question (which probably indicates that I'm wrong). Even though English is my native language I just found out that I'...
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Article to use before a noun not talked about before but hints were given [duplicate]

The cat that bit me ran away. The wounds were treated by _ doctor. Which article to put before doctor? My understandings: I haven't talked about any doctor in the preceding sentence. But I've talked ...
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"I ate at a restaurant… A dessert was delicious." — Is there an explanation of using "a" before "dessert" other than there was more than one dessert?

The explanation of using "the" (from a comment from one of threads on ell.stackexchange.com): I ate at a restaurant yesterday. The dessert was delicious_. — Even though the first sentence ...
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the use of 'THE' in relative clause

which is correct or mostly used when the listener doesn't know which people I mean? 1 Do you know people I work with? Do you know the people I work with? 2 I hate people who brag about how much ...
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Should "the" or no article be used in "is ___ principal of this school"?

Q. Mrs. Kanwal is ............ principal of this school. (1) no article (2) a (3) an (4) the Some people say that there should be "no article" before the noun "principal". They ...
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I trust a lawyer. - general sense or specific one?

‎Example 1 I trust lawyers. Example 2 I trust a lawyer. Example 3 A: Do you collaborate with a lawyer? B: Yes. I collaborate with a lawyer. Can Example 2 mean the same as Example 1? Is ...
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Can the word "friend" act as a title?

Do I necessarily need to insert the possessive pronoun her in the following sentence or can I just skip it? Karen, a person, does X together with (her) friend Juliette. I see that it's uncommon, but ...
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After a/the trial that

I came across the following excerpt in a book about Hitler. Before reading this sentence, the reader had been already informed about the trial that Hitler had faced. Why is, then, this trial referred ...
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Usage of the article "the" in the sentence "He is the person for the job."?

He is the person for the job. What's the meaning of "the" in the sentence?
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Does an apple fall from A tree or THE tree?

When discussing a nondescript apple, a nondescript taxi, and a nondescript book borrowed from a nondescript library, which article is more natural and grammatically correct in each of these sentences? ...
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Why does one say "he's in class" and not "he's in the class"? [duplicate]

why does one say "he's in class" and not "he's in the class" ?   As 'class' is countable here, so in singular it needs an article. Thank you.
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Names of family members and articles

When do we use articles with names of family members? Is it right that for example when I inform someone about my siblings I could say... I have a sister Is it also possible to treat this word "...
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‘A sum‘ or ‘THE sum’?

6 = 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 (a sum of 6 numbers) = 6 (1 number) = 2 + 4 (2 numbers) = 3 + 3 (2 numbers) = ... a natural number n, i.e. a positive whole number greater than zero such as six, is [...
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The usage of 'the' in expressions [duplicate]

I stumble on things like "on the beach" or "in the oven." To me it's seems that this ' the' is always used there even when we don't want to be specific. Is that right and why? Is ...
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Are articles used with names of meals, as in "My favourite dish is (a) fruit salad"?

When do we use articles before dishes? For example, "My favourite dish is a fruit salad" or no article. Are there any rules?
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Articles naming things

1 Why do we use no articles with fish and chips or fruit salad but we say an omlelet. 2 when I name what I need to prepare something for example. To prepare fruit salad I need sugar, an apple, a ...
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Naming things articles

When I name things which I like for example: I like burger, apple, banana. Is it ok to use no articles? Or I need to say I like a burger, an apple. A banana
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"We were looking through all these pictures of little dogs." - Why is she saying "...all these...", despite not pointing to any pictures?

A native English speaker says this sentence, when she mentions about how she got a dog for the first time: I wasn't sure, but we were looking through all these pictures of little dogs. Lady Barber (...
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"This Monday Tom was late. But next Monday he won't be late." — Would it remain correct, if we used "next Mondays" instead of "next Monday"?

I'd like to know if the appearance of a plural noun after "next" affects articles. For this purpose, I came up with the following example: Today is Monday. Tom goes to chess on Mondays. He ...
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Articles before family members

When do we need to put articles before family members for instance sometimes I hear people saying dad and other time a dad. What's the rule?
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'Cat' has a final 't'. — The letter "t" is the only one in the word "cat". Then why is it possible to use "a" here?

collinsdictionary.com: (1) 'Cat' has a final 't'. The letter "t" is the only one in the word "cat". Then why is it possible to use "a" here? my variant: (2) 'Cat' has the ...
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"The male pheasant is brightly colored" VS "A male pheasant is brightly colored" — When to use "the male" and when to use "a male"? [duplicate]

britannica.com: (1) The male pheasant is brightly colored and the female is mostly brown. I don't understand why "the" can be used here. my variant: (2) A male pheasant is brightly colored ...
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the proof of <the> pudding is in the eating

the proof of the pudding is in the eating Question 1: What is the role of the? Question 2: Is it possible to replace the with "a"? (I am assuming that "proof" means "test&...
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Trouble between "for ..." and "for the ..."

I can't seem to find an answer to this anywhere. In writing an article title, I proposed "A new material for the manufacture of bricks". A colleague of mine believes this should be "A ...
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She is one of (the) better speakers. - need "the"?

Example 1 He was one of many American writers. He was one of the many American writers. Example 2 He was one of few famous American writers. He was one of the few famous American writers. ...
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There is a table in a/the kitchen? (if 1st sentence) [closed]

I'm confused as to why internet shows a lot of hits like 'There is a table in 'the' kitchen?' after 'There is a table in'. Is it because the sentence(s) are assumed to be already in the middle of the ...
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Is there any nuance between "is one island" and "is an island"?

Hainan is __ island, isn't it? A. the B. one C. a D. an The answer is B. But I think D is also ok. What is the nuance?
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Articles before noun adjuncts

A Marxist book, an anarchist's guide, attacks on the institution of the family, songs celebrating illegal drugs, films and television plays celebrating physical violence, or showing crime as ...
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Use of the articles the and a

When we describe a meaning of the word,is it better to use article the or a? For example, boarding pass is a document that… or Boarding pass is the document that…. Passport control is a place where… ...
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Why is it the indefinite article in 'training of an older generation'? Shouldn't it be 'the' here?

Saussure's approach to language became popular among a new generation of university teachers in the 1970s who came from lower-middle-class backgrounds and were attracted to more technical approaches ...
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Why is there no article before job titles in this example?

More Americans identify their primary occupation as artist than as lawyer, doctor, police officer or farm worker. — NYT I found this example in one academic book. Why is there no article before the ...
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Article with districts' names

I was reading a book for my classes and encountered this passage: In the 1990s New York City’s art center shifted away from the downtown scene in SoHo to its present location in “Chelsea” on ...
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Is it Tate or the Tate, Tate Britatin/Modern or the Tate Britain/Modern?

This is really confusing, as event on the museum's website, there are different examples, such as in this article: ...the gallery at Millbank, now known as Tate Britain, was built and opened in 1897. ...
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Articles with art collectives' names

I'm reading a book on art where the author mentions many art collectives and I can't understand why he uses articles with some but not with others, especially when there is no preceeding noun (e.g. ...
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Why don't we use "a same" in some cases? [duplicate]

Suppose there are three options: "A", "B", and "C", and two people each have to choose one of them. I want to say a sentence like the following: "They both chose ...
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Why is the zero article correct in "__ witnesses say..."?

While practicing the usage of the English articles, I encountered the following exercises: There was a collision between a car and a cyclist at the crossroads near - my house early in the morning. ...
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Can I use "I go to a Walmart" when I'm going to a particular store?

We can say: I like bmw (when I mean the brand) But I like a bmw (it means that I like a particular car) Does it work the same with names of stores? For example "I go to a Walmart" when I ...
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Articles before nationalities [duplicate]

Why can we say he's American or he's an American but we can only say he's Polish and he's a Polish is wrong? Is't the say with for instance French?
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Every noun is unique? [duplicate]

Can we use the definite article the before every noun before defining as the noun will be unique like "The cow is a useful animal" etc instead of "A cow is a useful animal" ...
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Is the sentence correct in conveying the meaning [closed]

What the scenery! Is the above sentence correct and in the usage? As what a beautiful rose! Can we write what scenery!
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"Files can be attached to your email at the push of <a> <the> button." — What is the rule for choosing an article here?

ldoceonline.com: at/with the push of a button: (1) Files can be attached to your email at the push of a button. As far as I understand, "a button" means "one of the buttons", i.e....
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Confused with articles - 2

Follow-up on Confused with articles Could someone please explain why in the phrase Several million visitors a year are attracted to ∅ ski slopes of the Alps. the complement “of the Alps” sounds ...
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Definite article before news

Let's learn English with the news In the above sentence is the definite article "the" referring to a particular news? The above sentence is the heading of a YouTube video for English ...
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Why does the heading “The Sentence” use the article? [duplicate]

THE SENTENCE Why does the Book 1 Grammar chapter 1 heading use the definite article "the"? See the page number 10 The page[1]1
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At the restaurant

At the restaurant. Why the heading is at the restaurant even though the readers don't know the particular restaurant? Shouldn't the heading be at a restaurant? https://learnenglishteens....
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