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Questions tagged [definite-article]

For questions about "The", the only definite article used in English.

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Is it correct to say “which country do you like the most?”

Is it correct to say "which country do you like the most?" or is there any other way to ask this question? Is it ok to skip 'the' in this question? I heard that one should use 'the' when speaking ...
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A class is an extensible program-code-template for creating objects

Given the following definitions of a class: a class is an extensible program-code-template for creating objects1 A class is the blueprint from which individual objects are created2 A ...
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Proper use of 'the' in following situation?

"Test PC is connected via Ethernet and UART to System Under Test." I'm not quite sure where to put "the" in this situation. The reader is actual test engineer which should be familiar what is meant ...
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Which article to use with 'are'?

I read the following sentence from an article online: We are a species trapped by a series of brightly lit screens. Is it grammatically correct? Or should it be "We are the species..."? Are both ...
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additional services … or the additional services

I have written down two similar sentences below. (1) According to our store policy, customers have to pay more for additional services they may need to upgrade their computers. (2) According to our ...
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Is article “the” needed here?

Here’s my case: I have 3 cats and 2 dogs. (The) cats live in the house and (the) dogs live in the doghouse. I think it’s required because this is specific. So do we need “the” here?
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Definite or indefinite article?

There are following rules about articles: a - introduces a person/thing we haven't identified before the- introduces someone/something that is unique. What happens if I'm going to mention ...
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Grammatical error in using 'the' after an adjective

In the sentence: "Please find attached the document containing the list of items." Is the usage of "the" after "attached" forbidden by some rule of the English language?
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Definite article: the; a method of the extraction of minerals vs a method of mineral extraction

In my mother's tongue, there is no articles; a, an, and the. So I am always confusing the usage of articles. For example, the first sentence use 'the' in front of extraction, but the second does not;...
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Why adding the article “the” when it is not needed?

There are many sentences, most are titles, that have the before nouns when they seem okay without it. I assume it is added to over-define them but not very sure. Here is a title that uses "the" ...
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Is “who or what a thing or person is” correct?

identity: who or what a thing or person is Is this sentence correct? shouldn't there be an "a" before the word "person"? I mean it's either definite or indefinite, but in this sentence it's neither ...
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Advances in compiler and virtual machine technologies

In the official java tutorial we can read: However, advances in compiler and virtual machine technologies are bringing performance close to that of native code without threatening portability. I ...
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The/an urge to do something

Given the following examples from Oxford Dictionaries 1) ‘I glowered, having a strong urge to turn away from him, but I knew that he intended well.’ 2) ‘Larenia giggled after she finished ...
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The Sunshine vs Sunshine

Keep your face towards sunshine, and you’ll never have to see the shadow again. Vs Keep your face towards the sunshine, and you’ll never have to see the shadow again. Is ‘the’ necessary in ...
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“For background on ..” vs. “for a backgroun on ..”

This is somewhat tricky articles case: For a background on X, see .. vs. For background on X, see .. By background, I mean background about a specific topic to build knowledge on it.
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Articles in 'make time for'

Does anyone know why the phrase 'make time for' uses a zero article for time? I know time is uncountable and most phrases about time use a zero article (spend time, save time, etc), however if the ...
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using “the” article in; “the Xs that exisit in the top Xs”

I have a sentence like the following: From the 400 websites, we exclude the websites that exist in the top websites list Is using the before the first mention of websites correct? I can not decide ...
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Can I enquire of you [the/an] additional question of whether this is also correct? Can both 'the' and 'an' be applied?

Can I enquire of you the additional question of whether this is also correct? e.g. ___ Can I enquire of you an additional question of whether this is also correct? e.g. ___ I'd like to ...
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The totem pole can be grouped into

Does the following makes sense, with "the totem pole" referring to totem poles in general? The totem pole can be grouped into specific categories, depending on its location and the occasion for ...
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be beyond (the) winning?

I saw a quote by Lao Tzu that inserted "the" in the following. Is it correct? Note that most versions do not contain "the." By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it ...
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Optional use of “the”

In the following sentence is the use of "the" grammatically correct? Is it an optional case? I used leakage as a synonym for an oil spill. "The study was performed during the two days following ...
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“in plural form” or “in the plural form”?

Is the use of definite article necessary in the below sentence? How would you say the word man in (the) plural form.
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Army vs the Army

which one is correct? 1.Army has raided the house. 2.The army has raided the house. Is it mandatory to place definite article in front of material noun? such as the family, the police.....
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Article in front of abstract noun

May I use definite article in front of abstract noun? 1.Creativity is a must in the present world. 2.The creativity of our boss has taken attention. when and why I will use definite article?...
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“chances are” or “the chances are”?

Tell me please if have to include the definite article before the word chance in the following sentence. If you lose weight too quickly, then (the) chances are you are going to gain the weight back ...
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“This is the left eye”: why not “a left eye”?

What is the difference in the application of the article before choosing the side? Or not at all (in what cases)? a left or the left Well, for example, such an example: "this is a / the left ...
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The use of the definite article before the adjective “basic” and a noun in context

Tell me please if I need to use the in the following sentence. I don't speak English fluently, but I know (the) basic grammar pretty well. I am in doubt whether to use the or not, because, for one ...
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When to use “the lunch” (with the definite article “the”)?

In most sentences that use the word lunch, I found this word does rarely take the definite article the. For example: I have lunch in three hours. Shall we go out for lunch? Let's have ...
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“the same” or “same” in “Are they pronounced «»?”?

In the following sentence: These two words sound the same to me. Are they pronounced the same? I wonder if I should write them as the same or same. I think it may be safer to write in the same way ...
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particularizing attribute with indefinite article

While reading an English grammar book I've run into some issues: There is the example of a sentence with particularizing attribute: One day in January he called at the seminary to return a book ...
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“the black colour” or “the colour black”?

Tell me please what is the most natural way to say the following. The colour black is my favourite of all colours. The black colour is my favourite colour. Is the use of the definite article ...
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“Under mirror” or “Under the mirror”?

Which one is correct? There is a washbasin under mirror There is a washbasin under the mirror
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Grammar (at or at the…)

In which of the sentences below would the use of at be grammatically correct? i. I do not want to talk about mine stay at sea. or ii. I do not want to talk about mine stay at the sea.
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Two nouns sharing an adjective, can the definite article of the second noun be omitted?

In the following sentence, the nouns “consumption” and “use” share the adjective “high”. I would like to know if it is grammatically correct to omit the definite article "the" of the second noun “use”...
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Please explain the use of “The” or no use of “The”. In the first blanks

I would like to understand the use of the article "The" to mention the company name and also the not use of "The" to write the names of companies. Eg. Notice that the first, second and fourth ...
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“linked by land and sea” VS “linked by the land and sea”

As a close and intimate neighbor linked by land and sea, China and ASEAN launched the dialogue process in 1991 and forged a strategic partnership in 2003. As a close and intimate neighbor linked by ...
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a / the occasional game

I'd like to know which of the following is natural English: Although Jimmy prefers to read in his leisure time, he does play occasional baseball games with us. Although Jimmy prefers to read ...
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Definiteness in the {container} of {contents} construction

Let’s imagine the following situation: my friend gave me yesterday books. I put them into a box. Now, I have noticed that we should name the box as the box of books that my friend gave me not as ...
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Where “a/the” aren't used?

Here is simple test with Google: Search "virtualization of hardware" (with quotes) - it will be 73600 results. "virtualization of a hardware" (with quotes) - 75 results "virtualization of the ...
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“The“, or no article: ”In the one hour"

Is it possible to use the article in the sentence below implying during this particular hour? or is it optional? In the one hour
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Salsa is a dance, so why we don't say “I know how to dance THE salsa” [closed]

Someone asked me if I knew the answer for that, and I couldn't come up with any.
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“I will come by the train” vs. “I will come by train” - do we need the article here?

I will come by the train. Is it correct or we need to remove "the". Give reason also.
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Definite article before “office”

Consider the following sentence: I do not go to the office. Is this correct English? Can I drop the article? My guess is that then it would mean that there's no office I can go to. And original ...
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Do I need the definite article before a noun followed by No. …?

Do I need the definite article before "purchase order". What is the rule? I`ve got some questions about purchase order No. 1234.
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Italians/The Italians - using the definite article

Which one of these sentences is correct: Italians drink wine; The Italians drink wine.
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The definite article before family members

In terms of meaning, what is the difference (if there is one) between these sentences: Grandmother buys a new belt. The grandmother buys a new belt.
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Wrong title in IELTS? 'An almost forgotten people?'

A title in the IELTS Reading Section reads - The Phoenicians: an almost forgotten people It's IELTS and thus unlikely to make a mistake! What am I missing? Or IELTS has gone wrong?
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should I use ‘the gym’ or ‘a gym’?

A: Where are you going? B: I am going to the/a gym. (first time ever B has mentioned the 'gym' to A) My intuition tells me that I should use 'the'. But the 'gym' is an new information for A. So ...
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Article before “tears”

Should I use definite article before "tears"? In Queen's "Somebody to love" song they use it for some reason: I get down on my knees and I start to pray till THE tears run down from my eyes Is ...
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Is it not correct to say “I have the brown eyes” instead of “I have brown eyes”, and why?

I encountered the following sentence in a Duolingo course (and there are no other sentences): I have brown eyes. However, I was told that "I have the brown eyes." is not correct here. I don't ...