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"from the those around me"

This is from a VOA Learning English article. To be a million miles away is even farther. We often use that expression to mean lost in thought. If I am a million miles away, I seem very far away from ...
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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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Under the/a threat of attack

How would the meaning of these sentences change if I use the articles in four different ways? Local people used to live under the threat of an attack. Local people used to live under the threat of (...
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I hate nights/night/the night

If I am someone who generally hates nighttime, which of these sentences can I say to express that idea? - I hate nights. - I hate night. - I hate the night. I am nearly completely sure that we can say,...
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appreciation of flat forms VS the perception of flat form

Appreciation of sculpture depends upon the ability to respond to form in three dimensions. That is perhaps why sculpture has been described as the most difficult of all arts; certainly it is more ...
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"in the hundreds" vs "in hundreds"

I'd like to know the difference between "in the hundreds" and "in hundreds". For this purpose I've found some examples: collinsdictionary.com: 1a The temperature was in the ...
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Definite article (“the”) as beginning word

The Mole had been working very hard all the morning. (The Wind in the Willows) The package was lying by the front door (Button, Button) These two examples are from two different books and they are ...
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Do we use the article 'the' with geographical division names such as 'province', 'region', or 'oblast'?

Is it correct to use 'the' in 'I live in the Ontario province' or 'I live in the Moscow oblast'? Should I be using the definite article 'the' with geographical division names?
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Definite article ''the'' in the ''of-phrase''

I am trying to master my usage of English articles, specifically the definite article ''the''. I read that when you are using the 'of-phrase' you are implying a specific case indicated by the noun, ...
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weak definite or regular definite: At home, we cleaned the windows

[1] At home, we cleaned the windows. What is your reading of this sentence? Regular definite reading; i.e., they cleaned all the windows of their house? Or, weak definite reading; i.e., they cleaned ...
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do [the/some] online banking vs. do [the/some] grocery shopping

In the following phrases, is it optional to include the bracketed part? do [the/some] online banking do [the/some] grocery shopping
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I don't want to drink (the) water from this cup

I cannot think of any difference with or without the use of the definite article in this sentence. The fact that water is an uncountable noun may have influenced me in some way. I don't want to drink ...
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With regard to the definite article, by whom and how is the scope of "specific" determined?

According to this flowchart, definite article "the" is used to refer to the one specific item. I'm confused with by whom and how it is determined whether something is specific or not. ...
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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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When to use "the" before plural nouns?

When are we allowed to use the definite article "the" before plural nouns? Is it true that when we talk generally, we don't use "the" before plural nouns, for example: Americans ...
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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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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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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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I am playing a “the Lord of the Rings” game

Which of these sentences is correct? I am playing a “the Lord of the Rings” game. VS I am playing a “Lord of the Rings” game. And which of these is correct? I want to watch some “the Lord of the ...
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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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the wall or a wall when describing a room (again as answer is not clear)

I've read into "a" or "the" wall? and https://grammargeddon.com/2020/02/21/a-wall-or-the-wall-does-it-matter/. The question arose due to a text in English Students book. There are ...
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Into <the> possession of

The bottle really does contain perfumed mud. How Harry came into the possession of this outlandish stuff makes an interesting story which he is fond of relating. Furthermore, the acquisition of this ...
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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 kind of "a" movie do you like?

If I want to merely ask someone what kind of movie he/she likes. Can I say, “What kind of a movie do you like?” instead of “What kind of movie do you like?” I know we can use “kind of a” in a ...
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Question on the use of the definite article "the"

Please consider the following two pairs of sentences. The two choices under each pair differ only in the use of the definite article "the": Pair 1: (A) He talked about validation of the new ...
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Definite article "the" before general plural names

I heard the following sentence in a presentation from a native speaker: During the tough times, do you drift apart or stick together? I wonder why the definite article "the" is used before ...
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Why do so many websites write "earn minimum wage" when "wage" is a countable noun?

When I searched from the NOW corpus, I found that there are more instances of "earn minimum wage" than "earn the minimum wage", with many results from big US news websites. Why is ...
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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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Question concerning the use of the definite article in a speech in a script from 1915

I have just begun reading the script for the play Overtones (1915) by Alice Gerstenberg. https://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/overtones.html At the beginning of the play, there are two characters on ...
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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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after the graduation / after graduation

I never saw my classmates after the graduation. I never saw my classmates after graduation. Is it necessary to use in above-mentioned sentences "the" article? I suppose it is because I ...
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had the dinner there

It was my son's birthday yesterday. My ex-wife's new boyfriend owns a restaurant, so they had the dinner there. Does this sound completely natural? In particular my use of the definite article before &...
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When should 'the' be used before 'noun+of+noun'? [duplicate]

I have seen 'the' omitted before such constructions (noun+of+noun) many times. So, is it safe to omit 'the' in such cases or is there some rule regarding when to use 'the' before noun+of+noun' ...
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'Chaldaeans predicted the deaths of many others' - why 'the' here?

Hippocrates cured many illnesses—and then fell ill and died. The Chaldaeans predicted the deaths of many others; in due course their own hour arrived. (Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, translated by ...
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Available on secondary market Or Available on the secondary market

Is this term ok? Available on secondary market Or should it be Available on the secondary market What’s the difference?
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Why should I use "a" before "a bit better", "a littlge highter" "a bit harsh"?

in this phrase(I am not sure this is a phrase)but Why should I use "a" before "a bit better", "a little higher" and "a bit harsh"? I know this is an article( a ...
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the Seattle area vs. the western Anbar province

In the following sentences, is it okay to keep "the"? She was also forced to make an unscheduled landing in Redding, California, due to poor visibility as a result of the wildfires in the ...
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Using "the" to begin paper title for a scholarly article

Consider two following options for the title of a scientific article: The underlying mechanism of coupled ion motion in lithium-sulfur batteries. Underlying mechanism of coupled ion motion in ...
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the University of California, San Diego [duplicate]

Is it correct to use or remove the definite article in the following sentence? Beachgoers discovered a 4-foot lancetfish washed up near the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of ...
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I'm an artist. What is the rule to name an artwork in English? (When can I use articles "the/a/an" and when I no necessary to use it?) Thank you

I see the names of artworks on the link, sometimes I see articles, sometimes I see they do not use it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100_Great_Paintings
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I have read a lot of (the?) blog posts you wrote

Should it be "I have read a lot of the blog posts you wrote" or "I have read a lot of blog posts you wrote"? I guess I can also say "I have read a lot of your blog posts"?...
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Definite article: (the) wetlands throughout Florida have been drained

Is there a difference with or without the in this case? I feel there is no difference in meaning. Below is the context, if needed. This could be because global warming has contributed to an increase ...
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I need to buy it quickly while there are the discounts. ("the" article - ?)

I need to buy it quickly while there are the discounts in the shops. If we speak about discounts [in general, not only on that product] in some non mentioned shops in our city during this week, do we ...
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“Two teachers are the same person.”

“A teacher you’ve met on Monday and a teacher you’ve met on Friday are the same person.” It means two teachers you’ve met on Monday and Friday are the same person. I wonder if the latter “a” should be ...
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"Lebesgue measure" or "the Lebesgue measure" - omitting the definite article or not?

I noticed that many people sometimes omit the definite article before "Lebesgue measure". Some examples: "suppose that m is Lebesgue measure on R, "we will construct Lebesgue ...
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Definite article inside or after a proper noun

How can I understand usage of "the" inside or after a proper noun in the following examples? Is there a common explanation for both examples? Sometimes Bagheera the Black Panther would come ...
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Possessive pronoun vs definite article in this sentence

In some languages, such as French and Spanish, it's ungrammatical or at least uncommon to use possessive pronouns to refer to parts of the body in some contexts: People say "the head," "...
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'Kilimanjaro volcano' or 'The Kilimanjaro volcano'?

Could you tell me why do I need to add article 'the' in this sentence? The last eruption of the Kilimanjaro volcano happened about 200 years ago. It's taken from an English app. The word in bold is ...
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"Follow protocol" or "follow the protocol"?

Could you tell me if I have use the before protocol on the context below. Sorry, sir, but I can't give you any information on that account without verifying your information first. I understand your ...
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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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