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Questions tagged [definite-article]

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

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Definite article before “office”

I was told that (no way to link to the specific comment), They are accepting "my office" but the answer at the top is "the office". As long as the English matches what we would normally say without ...
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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 ...
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''We have a/the Christmas party today'' [duplicate]

We have a Christmas party today We have the Christmas party today Which one is grammatically correct?
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Should it be “German society” or “the German society”?

This is a line I came across in someone's bio. Apparently the author is not a native speaker of English. Since 2005 I have extended my research on education to the German society. I am under the ...
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Should I use 'isn't there' to show no food that I have been craving for? [closed]

"When the food you are craving for isn't there, the last choice you have is Maggi." Is my grammar correct? Or can you change my sentence so it will be better than mine? Thanks!
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“The first, it is” or “First, it is”?

In the following sentence, Does the "the" article come before the "first" word? I have two reasons for my claim. The first, it is . . .
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“The Jesus who said” - why is there a definite article before the proper name “Jesus”?

The system doesn't seem to be providing for the well-being of all the people, and that's what makes it, almost in its very nature, something contrary to the Jesus who said, "Blessed are the poor. Woe ...
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Definite article or zero article

Can you please explain which one is suitable? Did you watch the football yesterday? Or Did you watch football yesterday? I think definite article(the) is suitable here because this is specific ...
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What's the difference “Thank you for making a helpful post.” and “Thank you for making the helpful post.” in this context?

When I come across the post that helps me, I make a comment, "Thank you for making a helpful post", meaning "Thank you for making ONE post that helps me." I know that "Thank you for making the ...
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Why is the definite article used in this paragraph?

Consider the bold phrases in this prograph: Spotts et al. [5] performed a CFD study of the compressible flow through convergent–conical nozzles to investigate the effect of the nozzle pressure ...
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'The' vs zero article with 'Roman numerals'

What article, zero or definite, will be grammatically correct in the sentence below and why? How is the number 5 written in ___ Roman numerals? My answer was the zero article only, however my ...
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Definite Article Help [closed]

Do I need to use the definite article in a Park District name or acronym? IE, this hypothetical with the Chicago Parks Department: "The CPD will not compete against organizations currently meeting ...
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Definite article or No article?

I just came across the following sentence; Many Americans love to watch reruns of the I Love Lucy show. and think that the in there is extraneous. What rule applies to it?
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“the shadow of a doubt” or “a shadow of a doubt” or “shadow of doubt”

It seems all these three versions are in use: "the shadow of a doubt", "a shadow of a doubt", and "shadow of doubt", as suggested by Google Dictionary and Google search results. Google Dictionary (...
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Why didn't they use the definite article before these words in this paragraph?

Last night, I was reading this article: The article Ok, probably you cannot download the paper then I toke a screenshot and uploaded it here for you: Please read this paragraph(Highlighted in the ...
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“I am the chair of the Economics Department” or “I am chair of the Economics Department”?

While I know in certain contexts a title should not be preceded by the definite article, e.g. "He was elected president," I find myself in doubt whether to use the definite article in such a sentence: ...
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why “beer” in first sentence is considered specific?

Many people think that the beer they brew in Germany is the best in the world. Many people think that German beer is the best in the world. Both sentences have exactly the same meaning, and ...
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Omission of the definite article before a noun in a defining adjective clause

Tell me please why the was dropped in the following sentence. Powdered garlic is made from (the) fresh garlic that has been sliced and dried. It does not contain allicin, but is said to have ...
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“Analysis” or “The analysis”

I've come across many scientific articles which bear titles beginning with: "Analysis of ...". For example: Analysis of the accuracy and implications of simple methods for predicting the secondary ...
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“control of the company” or “the control of the company”?

I saw the following sentence in OALD: He was forced to relinquish control of the company. When writing in English, in some cases I don't know if the definite article 'the' should be used or not. ...
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Why 'fellow' doesn't take any article in this sentence?

... Snape whirled about, robes swishing behind him, and stormed out of the ward. "Fellow seems quite unbalanced," said Fudge, staring after him. "I'd watch out for him if I were you, Dumbledore."...
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“the end of term” VS “the end of the term”

As the end of term approached, Harry heard many different theories about what had really happened, but none of them came close to the truth. I'm wondering if we can add 'the' in the phrase: the end ...
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Should I use “a snake” or “the snake”?

What is your favorite Halloween character? My favorite Halloween character is a snake. Or My favorite Halloween character is the snake. Which is correct
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Why does “money” take “the” in “all the money in the world”?

"All the money in the world " , in this sentence we talk about money in general , right ? I've read a book that says if we're talking about things in general we do not use "the". So why "the money" ?
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“the pressure of population ” VS “the pressure of the population”

The pressure of population on available resources is the key to understanding history. The pressure of the population on available resources is the key to understanding history. As far as I can ...
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Why doesn't this word get the definite article? [closed]

Read these sentence: "A small crack appeared on a cocoon. A man sat for hours and watched carefully the struggle of the butterfly to get out of that small crack of cocoon." Look at the last cocoon. ...
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Which article should I use to refer to a noun in general. Is it “a car”, or “the car”? [duplicate]

I have a simple question. I wondered what article I should use to refer to a noun in general. Which one is the right form? The story of the inventor of a car. The story of the inventor of the car. ...
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using “the” in these sentences

The \ a decision to change the government has been taken. 1) which article should I use? Earlier this year, with the help of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, we reached a decision to expand our ...
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Should I say “% of people died” or “the % of people die” in this context?

I have a table like this: | id | DR | | 1 | 0.055% | | 2 | 0.042% | And I want to add a line of the words, saying: DR, the % of people died Or, should I say DR, ...
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How to understand the grammar of “the many lamps” in this context?

Everything was lit with a dim, crimson light; the curtains at the windows were all closed, and the many lamps were draped with dark red scarves. -- From Harry Potter As I know, when 'many' precedes ...
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“percentage of students” vs . “percentage of the students”

Is it: International students represent no more than 15% of the students that select math as a major. Or International students represent no more than 15% of students that select math as a ...
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“Chinese cuisine” VS “the Chinese cuisine”

The work reflects Yuan's "orthodox" literati stance on Chinese cuisine, which derided the opulent displays and dishes in banquets of his time. the link or The work reflects Yuan's "orthodox" ...
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Some point “in future” or “in the future”

Using the is when we refer to something known to the reader or something specific. It is not clear to me how to deal with a word like future. Here is an example: They may get access to the book at ...
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Is this sentence missing an article?

Carly DuHain, the lead singer for local soulful, bluesy rock ‘n’ roll band Drop Dead Red, has a tattoo on her right arm of a pinup girl that says Drop Dead Red. (source) I find the sentence strange ...
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Should I use definite article here?

It is argued whether it is better for students to travel abroad for a year before going to university. This essay completely agrees on this idea for (the \ no article) benefits it brings to the youth....
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“These are THE three different types of services”. Is this correct?

I was reading Google's Android documentation and came across with this sentence. Link: https://developer.android.com/guide/components/services There is written like this: "These are the three ...
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“As president of the company” or “As the president of the company”?

I know a title sometimes needs zero article, e.g., "He is elected president of the U.S." and "She was sworn in as president." But when writing this sentence below, is the definite article needed? ...
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Usage of definite articles once again

I learn english for about 20 years, and still sometimes articles make me mad. This question has few related sub-questions about articles. Can you please explain these sentences: "Waiting for remote ...
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why “the” and “a” are not used here?

I need a smartphone which allows me to check my email and use Facebook. I really want a phone with good battery life. A tutorial suggest to use "a", but I think I should use "the" because the reader ...
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Is “profit” a special case?

Company profits are down from last year's figures. (Copied from Cambridge dictionary.) 1) Why don't we use a possessive s? 2) Why do we use plural profits? 3) Why don't we use “the”? When you ...
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Why does the definite article appear in “the mid-40s”?

Why is the definite article used before mid-40s and 30s in this sentence from a Washington Post weather report? Highs are mainly limited to the mid-40s, with wind chills in the 30s so bundle up. I ...
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Why we say “I am doing the shopping”?

Why we say "I am doing the shopping"? why not "I am doing shopping" like "I am going shopping"?
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The use of the definite article with word “people” in context

Tell me please if I need to use the definite article in the following sentence: (The) French people cannot live without wine and cheese. What I want say that in general the French adore wine and ...
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Article usage in “AI technology” vs. “the English language”

Why some noun phrases require the definite article, some don't? They are quite similar in structure. Why do we say "the NYC area", "the English language", but "AI technology", "blockchain technology"? ...