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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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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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"a half of the troubles" or "half of the troubles"

When a car mechanic sees a woman behind the wheel, he finds numerous troubles with the car. But when he sees her husband, a half of the troubles disappear without repair. Is the indefinite article ...
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In constructions with attributive nouns, which noun are articles applies to—attributive noun or noun being modified?

For example, in "a network name", the article applies to "network" or "name"?
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Why are articles sometimes NOT used before common nouns?

Take a sentence like: 'Excellent lady that she was, Lady Gigabytes invited us over for dinner.' Or: 'Lady Gigabytes (excellent lady that she was) invited us over for dinner.' What both these sentences ...
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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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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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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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Are articles needed in "sift signal from noise"? Is it the right word order?

I have 2 related questions. What is the correct expression in English? Is it with "the" or without it? In my research I have found roughly the same instances of both. If both are ok and ...
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populous and politically important

The definite article the is used before a proper noun when it is qualified by an adjective. example The immortal Shakespeare. The great Caesar. But in the following sentence Populous and ...
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"calotype, invented by an (the) Englishman William Henry Fox Talbot" - which article to use?

I'm uncertain which article to use in the following examples: calotype, invented by an/the Englishman William Henry Fox Talbot paper, written by a/the Scottish professor John Dudgeon a studio ...
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Definite article vs. no article in front of plant names used generically

There's a rule that when we use a noun generically, we either put the definite article in front of it or use the plural form: The tiger is in danger of becoming extinct. Tigers are in danger ...
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A/the fear of something

What is the reason for using a and the in the following sentences (taken from Wikipedia): The fear of the dark is a common fear or phobia among children... A fear of falling, along with a fear of ...
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“A special interest” vs. “special interests”

I’m writing a short paragraph about myself. I find it hard to determine what article I should use in this following sentence: I have a special interest in learning languages, computer programming, ...
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"On a best-effort basis" or "on the best-effort basis"

I have always written "on a best-effort basis", but I have recently seen a usage of "on the best-effort basis". I am wondering if using the definite article "the" in this ...
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Should I use "the" or not in this case?

Grammarly gave me confusing suggestions. It told me to add "the" before "export revenue" here: The table illustrates export revenue of kiwi fruit from New Zealand to five ...
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'The' usage in movie titles

Why some movies have The in title but some don't? What is the rule? E.g. Groundhog Day Golda Blade Runner but The Lake House The Commuter The Matrix
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I get better at guitar, I get better at playing the guitar or I get better at playing guitar

Which of these sentences is correct in British english? I get better at guitar I get better at playing the guitar I get better at playing guitar And if all of them are correct, Which one is the most ...
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Generic reference and articles

I can say, "a backpack is a useful item" or "backpacks are useful items" and both are grammatical and are referring to backpacks generally. I can say, "a boat is a slow way to ...
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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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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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When do you say skin and when the skin?

According to my American friend, "you can have glowing skin" but "cream makes the skin softer" and "smth penetrates into the skin". Is there some rule I can use to ...
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The PUM project vs PUM project

I got stuck with the one very classic problems of English - articles. Don't get me wrong, I'm pretty decent and English and mostly use them automatically in the proper position (I hope so). However, ...
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Singular noun with no article as generic noun

According to the grammar book I'm reading, the sentence The telephone rules my life. is not about a particular telephone, but the general concept. I was wondering what happens if we omit the article ...
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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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"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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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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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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Difference between 'from the decay of' and 'from decays of'

Could you explain the difference in meaning between these two phrases? charged leptons from decays of long-​lived particles charged leptons from the decay of long-​lived particles From the internet ...
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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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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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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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How do I use the word 'opposition' in political contexts?

If I talk about opposition in general, not with respect to any particular country, am I supposed to drop the article altogether or swap it for an indefinite one? Suppose If a ruler forcefully ...
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"Have the chance of" or "have a chance of"

Which one is correct? Once you have a chance of reviewing the document, let me know what you think. Once you have the chance of reviewing the document, let me know what you think.
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a/the maximum speed of 100

I wonder in which context these two would be fitting. The car was going at the maximum speed of 200 mph. or The car was going at a maximum speed of 200 mph. Usually, it's "a" but I think ...
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Why is "the pharmacy" supposed to be appropriate in the context? What about "a pharmacy", "pharmacies", or "pharmacy"?

I've been studying English for many years, but still struggling with learning the usage of English articles. Below is one example. From a news article I read on this site. How some drugs can turn ...
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Articles in figure captions

Writing a paper I intend to preface all figures with giving common symbols used in many figures and I'm having trouble using articles. Help me please arrange them. "The following symbols are used ...
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Why is there no "the" before this sentence?

I read a sentence from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demand: Demand for a specific item is a function of an item's perceived necessity, price, perceived quality, convenience, available ...
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The correct way of using articles in the example

Could you please explain how to correctly use articles in the following example? Consider a situation in which you need to assign a task for someone: Implement an/the ability to [here goes a ...
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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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"Life has meaning" vs. "life has a meaning"

Could you tell me what kind of meaning the use of a adds to the following sentence? Life has meaning; it's just we can't it figure it out yet. Life has a meaning; it's just we can't it figure it out ...
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"Notify authorities" Or "Notify the authorities"?

Could you tell me if I have to use 'the' before 'authorities' in the following context? If you suspect that something illegal is going on, you are supposed to notify (the) authorities right away. ...
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The connotation difference between using "the" and the plural form of a word

Are both sentences below correct when I intend to talk about cotton swabs in general, not a particular one? If so, do they have different connotations? I am going to introduce a new use of the cotton ...
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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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the evening news vs evening news

Are correct both examples? If it is so, what is the difference? If it is not correct, why? Ann turned on the television to watch the evening news. vs Ann turned on the television to watch evening ...
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Article before "possible WHO pre-qualification of the vaccine"

I am having a bit of hard time pondering over why there is not an article before "Possible who pre-qualification of the vaccine" in the following sentence: We are in close contact with ...
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At "a graduate level", "graduate level", or "the graduate level"?

Do you need to use an article either a or the before graduate level in the following sentence? I understand that studying any course at graduate level requires a tremendous amount of dedication and ...
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How to refer to a series of pairs?

To enumerate all the pairs of jeans I have, using commas and without repeating "pair", may I put it like this: I have a pink, a black, a grey, two dark and a blue pairs of jeans. Should I ...
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Articles used interchangeably?

As the definite article is used when we mention something for the second time or we mean the specific thing, would it be right to use the definite or indefinite article interchangeably before the noun ...
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Using articles with proper nouns

I recently came upon these two curious sentences: " I believe it was a young Barack Obama who said...." "The young Joyce already showed signs of the genius that was to be fulfilled in Ulysses" ...
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Is it correct that the book ''The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'' has a definite article because the author is referring to specific adventures and not because the sentence has a structure with 'OF' [...
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