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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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Zero article with ordinal numbers

Recently I've seen several examples of phrases like 'awarded for first place' on Wikipedia etc. (E.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_ribbon) I think I understand when definite or indefinite ...
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Must I use "my" when referring to my own bodypart or can I use "the" without technically breaking any rules?

I'm currently trying to understand if the following sentence breaks any rules: I grab this hair band first thing in the morning to make sure that I don't have my hair on the forehead and nothing is ...
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Send me away with the words of a love song

I came across this beautiful song by The Band Perry. Can somebody please tell me how native English speakers would understand the meaning of this line? Send me away with the words of a love song The ...
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"Heaven's Gate" vs "The Gates of Hell"

How come "Heaven's Gate" has no articles, whereas "The Gates of Hell" does? Is this because Heaven's Gate is a kind of proper noun, like Notting Hill Gate or Lancaster Gate?
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weather or the weather in this context

1, Nonliving things in the surrounding environment can cause population changes, such as weather or sunlight. (My lame paraphrase from a source which is provided in my own comment) 2, The remains of ...
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Is there any difference between "all students", "all the students" and "all of the students"?

All students in the school participated in the meeting. All the students in the school participated in the meeting. All of the students in the school participated in the meeting. Are they all ...
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<verbal noun> of <noun> - articles before the second noun are omitted

It seems that, when a verbal noun is followed by "of-noun" phrase, the second noun uses zero-articles. Is my understanding correct? For example: Denial of human rights Rejection of payment ...
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How to treat the names of Months? Do we need any articles?

How to treat the names of Months? Do we need any articles? 1 March last year was warmer than March this year. 2 Last year's March was warmer than this year's March. 3 The March of last year was warmer ...
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all day / all the year round

In Sugarcandy Mountain it was Sunday seven days a week, clover was in season all the year round, and lump sugar and linseed cake grew on the hedges. Even the ducks and hens toiled to and fro all day ...
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Article choice: "I came across the/a mention of tuples, and had to look up what that was."

I came across the mention of tuples, and had to look up what that was. I came across a mention of tuples, and had to look up what that was. I think that "a" is more logical here, because ...
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Should it be "text" or "a text" in the following?

On the home page, white text/a white text read: Welcome to Maggie's Blog. Should it be text or a text here? And why?
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How to count bath: Roman baths

I saw some sentences where both "Bath" and "the Roman Baths" are used to indicate Roman baths. See the left-upper section of this site: Stonehenge tickets and tours. How can I ...
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How many bikes are there if "a" bike is used in "both" tours or "each" tour

I don't really understand about articles. If I say "You can use a bicycle in both of the tours," does it mean that I offer the same bike in the two tours? How can I say when I want to mean &...
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Difference Between "a Movie" or "the Movie" [closed]

I'm learning English so I need your help to build my English better. I'm searching about my problem but didn't find. My question is when we use "a Movie" or "The Movie"
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Why isn't the article "the" used in "...is a one act play"?

"Never Never Nest" is a one act play. Why do we use a in this sentence? My teacher told me that when there is something specific we use the not a. Isn't one act play is specific and ...
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Do I need a "the" in the sentence: Tourists should be polite to (the) local people

And please explain why. I am always a bit confused about whether to add "the" or other articles in my sentence. And although I can find a lot of resources online, it honestly doesn't seem to ...
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The definite article before geographical names used as attributive nouns [duplicate]

Is there any rule on how to use articles before geographical names when the latter are used as attributive nouns? For instance, why is it Westminster Abbey, West Side Story, Khokhloma painting, and ...
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Go to high school or go to high schools?

You usually say "Tom goes to high school", and you don't say "Tom goes to a high school" when you want to mean Tom is a student there, do you? How about when you want to mention ...
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"Is Tom drawing the picture" and "Is Tom drawing a picture"

Sorry for maybe stupid question. "Is Tom drawing the picture" and "Is Tom drawing a picture". Do I understand correctly that the first means "I see a picture. I want to know ...
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"Be an average height" vs. "be the average height"

Would you please tell me if I need to use an or the in before average in the context below? 176cm is an/the average height for men in the US. I've heard both. Are both acceptable? If so, can you ...
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Why is a singular noun, 'war', used in 'war was inevitable'?

In the 2nd explanation of the word 'thesis' in the Cambridge Dictionary online, an example sentence goes as 'their main thesis was that war was inevitable'. Why does it use a singular noun 'war' alone?...
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How to say a fact in general? [duplicate]

When you want to talk about cheetahs in general, A cheetah can run fast. The cheetah can run fast. Cheetahs can run fast. The cheetahs can run fast. are they all correct? Which one would you use in ...
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(the) books by that writer

I don’t like the books by that writer. I don’t like books by that writer. Could you explain, please, which version is appropriate here and why? In my grammar book is mentioned only the second version....
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Why a definite article was used here in front of something (seemingly) not specific?

I'm going through Outcomes Advanced Workbook and in chapter 2 there's a text about Cinderella with the following sentence: Folk literature abounds with tales of the poor underdog who makes good, and ...
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Should I change the article for a noun starting with a vowel sound if it is preceeded but an adjective starting with a consonant sound and vice versa?

For example, when I say: "This is a conversation about hats." Should I say... "This is an off-the-cuff conversation about hats?" ..With the preceding adjective off-the-cuff?
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"a L2 learner" or "an L2 learner"

I'm a non-native English speaker and I'm not sure whether it should be pronounced as "second language" or "L2" itself? The question is which article should be used, depending on ...
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Using article with "regular basis"

Does regular basis needs an article before it? Use computers on regular basis vs. Use computers on a regular basis
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Should we use "the lesson" or " a lesson" in the first example and "a passage" or "the passage" in the second one?

Example 1. This video is an excerpt from the lesson in which we are doing a deep reading on a passage adapted from John Bohannon, "“Why You Shouldn’t Trust Internet Comments.” Example 2. In this ...
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Do you usually add "the" in front of things like history, culture and society?

Japanese history the Japanese history Japanese society the Japanese society Japanese culture the Japanese culture Which ones do you think are commoner? Any difference in meaning? If one is ...
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"After age 70" or "after the age of 70"? [closed]

I cannot really find an answer: I know commonly we say "at the age of 70". But when I see sentences with "after", there is typically no article or preposition, and it becomes ...
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Changes in meaning if indefinite article is added

How the meaning of this sentence changes if an indefinite article is added? The terms of the contract are clearly giving some people pause. Vs The terms of the contract are clearly giving some ...
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omission of the article a/an when multiple nouns are listed

I know that a or an in sentences like the following is your choice--it can be used there or omitted as you prefer. We need a car or (a) bike to get out of this area. Russian soldiers will be here ...
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Do we omit "the" and use "that/those" when referring specific events?

Suppose today is Wednesday. I saw 3 concerts consecutively in 3 days in the past with the detail is as follows: I saw the first concert on Sunday, the second was on Monday, and the last concert I saw ...
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with good grip or with a good grip?

I'm talking about a pair of boots. "You need to buy boots with good grip" or "You need to buy boots with a good grip."
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The + Name in spanish

As far as I concern if we want to refer to someting which name is in spanish (and I´m talking in English) we don’t have to traslate it to English, however, It’s necessary to use the definite article ¨...
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What does "taken up" mean in this sentence?

Naked mRNA is not readily taken up by cells, but needs to be encased inside a protective envelope to gain entry. In this sentence, I'm confused by the phrase taken up. After searching a dictionary, I'...
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Recurring articles one after the other

Why is the word segway in the red box used with 'a' when is it repeated in the article and the headline of the article is used with 'the'?
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Some questions about test results

I have a few questions about my latest exam results. I cannot see why these sentences were marked as incorrect and do not find the explanations convincing. "Statistics show that unemployment is ...
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"movie" and articles

What are the differences between the four sentences below? I'm interested in Japanese movies. I'm interested in the Japanese movies. I'm interested in a Japanese movie. I'm interested in the Japanese ...
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To correctly express a property of something

I made several sentences related to the usage of the preposition of and articles. Please confirm if these are natural or at least correct: Articles Color is ([empty] / a / the) property of matter. It ...
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Regarless of income and despite infirmity

"He remains a great leader despite infirmity. "The allowance is paid regardless of income" Why have we not used "an income" and "an infirmity" with "regardless&...
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Why is the article ommited in this context?

This is an extract from a book "Black Rednecks And White Liberals" by Thomas Sowell. He is talking about behavioral patterns of peoples living in the south of the U.S in colonial times. &...
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Definite and indefinite article use in this sentence and change in meaning

This is a real war, and the whole of the city is on edge. How the meaning of this sentence changes if ALL the articles are removed, like so: This is real war, and whole of city is on edge.
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Why does "in the theatre" have a definite article?

This is a definition from Cambridge Dictionary for the word "stooge": an actor in a funny show in the theatre or on television whose job is to allow the main actor to make him or her look ...
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Shall I use an article before "Smoldering fire"

I'm writing this sentence: I'm almost sure this is smoldering fire. and I don't put an article before smoldering. But, when I say friendly fire or camp fire then I would normally like to add an ...
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"A/The most confusing definition"?

He is entitled to define a word however he likes but this is a most confusing definition. Is the use of 'a' here instead of 'the wrong ?
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Raindrops on the window pane - with the definite article?

Yesterday I took a photo of raindrops and posted it to Instagram. I used “Raindrops on the window pane” as the description. Then I started to think: Why did I use the definite article here? When I ...
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I like a/the new film which is called ... (which article can be used here?)

I'm confused which article can be used here - "a" or "the"? I like a new film which is called “...”. I like the new film which is called “...”. When we speak about a thing first ...
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Why should I use "the" instead of "this" in this sentence?

I posted a question here a few hours ago. The title of the question is What does 'sus' mean in this sentence "People who joined Facebook after 2017 are sus."? Later, a community bot modified ...
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Whether to use “a” or "the"

It sounds natural to say “I was chatting with a friend when the phone rang.” But it feels weird to me saying “I stopped chatting with a friend when the phone rang.” Should it be “the friend “in the ...
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