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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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Subject Auxiliary Inversion and the usage of 'ever' and 'never'

Please let me know if the following sentences is correct: 1- Have you never tried the Doritos Wasabi flavor? My question is related to using 'have' with 'never'. I've seen the present perfect with ...
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with the/--- reading/translation

1 He started with reading of the text. or 2 He started with the reading of the text. 3 He started with translation of the text. or 4 He started with the translation of the text. I like "reading&...
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waiting for a man/waiting for the man

There are a Frank and his neighbor Bill. They are talking on the phone. Bill: - Hello Frank! Come visit me now. I want to show you something. Frank: - I can't do it now, I am waiting for A/THE man. ...
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Which is correct: "participated in an" or "participated in the"?

This form: Certificate This is to certify that Mr/Ms. Ajay Meher has participated in an online webinar ‘Engineering Projects Management’ on October 11, 2021. Or this one: This is to certify that ...
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"until next week" meaning

Does "Let's put X off until next week" mean dealing with X during next week or before next week starts? "The" shouldn't follow "until" in the sentence, should it?
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"One of the" or "an"?

I turned on the screen and it presented me a bunch of options. I clicked on one of the options to turn off the entire system. In the above sentence does "one of the options" imply that ...
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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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Question on generic noun phrase

I was looking at the definition of definite article and it reads like this - "The definite article is used before singular and plural nouns when the noun is specific or particular". Since this ...
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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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Can I omit the article "the" in "A specific principle for the material supply"?

Can I omit the article here? If yes, why? If no, why? Some translation software suggests me to. A specific principle for the material supply of small batch manufacturing areas I think I can't omit ...
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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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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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With indefinite noun phrase how can we say 'there' is an adverb?

There is a place, next to him, sit there. There is the place, next to him, sit there. Here is my question. We can use a definite noun phrase with 'there' when 'there' means 'in that place' , but in (...
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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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Definite / Indefinite Article in "Does the sentence below need a/the definite article?" and "a/the crab will not appear"

Which article should I use in the sentence below? I have noticed that ‘the‘ is often used in this kind of situation (question on forums). Let’s assume that nothing indicates that the question is about ...
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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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Can I use the definite article 'the' in this sentence?

I've just read a scientific article. And I am wondering about the use of articles. The given sentence is, Now, three teams of researchers have demonstrated the ability to perform secure quantum ...
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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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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'm a bit uncertain about articles usage in the example below

"Unfortunately, these screenshot are not a reliable proof of the abscence of funds." The context is, a user was asked for a certain document to prove that the funds that were sent to him ...
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Definite article vs zero article

I have problems with definite and zero articles in the following sentences: "I met a man you were talking about over THE telephone yesterday." "The wounded were examined by THE doctor ...
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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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We can't remove article from a singular countable noun. So is that a noun modifier or complement?

We can't remove article from a singular countable noun. So is that a noun modifier or complement? We generally call it a modifier though it's mandatory...But why?🤔
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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 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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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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food here (without an article)

Is it common to use ' food here is good.'? I wonder whether it is right to use this description without an article'the'. I think this sentence is to emphasize that the food in this specific place is ...
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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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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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Leave class vs leave the class

So, “May I go to the bathroom?” is “Will you please permit me to leave class and go to the bathroom?” I guess leave class would be leave the class since both the speaker and the listener know which ...
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Article usage with "employee salary and benefits"

Management is trying to cut employee salary and benefits. Management is trying to cut the employee salary and benefits. Management is trying to cut an employee salary and benefits. First ...
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"oversight of genetic testing" or "the oversight of genetic testing"?

The following sentence is from Oxford dictionary: Who has oversight of genetic testing? Now, my question is why the article "the" hasn't been used here. In other words is it wrong to say Who ...
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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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Should you use "the" here in this context?

I am a non-native speaker of English. I am confused about whether to use "the" in the following context: Let's say there is a person preparing to submit a manuscript to a journal. That ...
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articles: using them multiple times or once for a single person

He is both a singer and a scientist. He is both a singer and scientist. which of the two is correct? Further, In the sentence While evaluating your progress I have taken into account your ...
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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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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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Should "the" be used in these sentences?

Data demand is unknown. vs The data demand is unknown. Data generated by existing methods is ... vs The data generated by the existing methods 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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How do we use articles when we speak about something abstract?

I know that we use "the" article when we speak about something general, right? But I just saw this sentence: "Carrying six heavy bags will impede your progress if you're trying to walk ...
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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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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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a/the/no article, A computer is a

I am struggling with English articles. Do these two sentences mean the same? a) A computer is a useful machine in graphic design. b) The computer is a useful machine in graphic design. (meaning all ...
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What's the difference between "much the more" and "much more"?

for example: (1) X is much the more common than Y. I don't understand the role of "the" here. What does "the" mean in (1)? (2) X is much more common than Y. What's the difference ...
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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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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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