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I like English language

English is a language The English are fine people. I like English language. I know that we say the English language. My question is: I want the red book There may be many red books and ...
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Articles at the beginning of sentences in scientific writing

I'm writing my master thesis in English as a non-native speaker. I start a lot of sentences without an article and one of my lectors (a non-native speaker like myself) found this to be odd and marked ...
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I took the wrong article and changed the meaning. Is it wrong?

If I say ‘’Those are the pencils which I use to write in English’’ you know that I only use these pencils so the definite article excludes the existence of other things in this category. If I say ‘’...
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That clause after a sentence

How it is said the below sentence or is it correct as written? Bring the book to my office that I gave you last month. Is anyone can explain in details?
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Using an article after “which we call”

I am hesitant in using an article after the sentence which we call. Example: We discovered a new attack model which we call "man-in-the-middle" attack Or We discovered a new attack model ...
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How do you see the difference between these two sentences?

Could someone explain the difference between these two? Why does the first one take the definite article and the second one takes the indefinite article? 1) Thousands of years ago, it was only ...
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Should one use “the” for three-dimensional space?

These molecules can rotate in the three-dimensional space. My feeling is that the article should be omitted. I'm not completely sure, though. What grammatical rule should we appeal to?
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My research about definiteness in English. Does it work?

Please do not laugh, it is truly hard. Trying to come up with one strict rule about definiteness in English (I wasn't able to find one) I collected some information and ask to check it out. Does that ...
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When is the “the” necessary?

I have the following sentence: Successfully ran the "user.js" seed. Is that "the" necessary? When is it necessary and when is it not?
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The ultimate rule of taking the right article

A while ago I read a grammar book where I was said to use a definite article every time a noun is followed by a qualifying clause with OF or another preposition. 1.1 The first person to run the mile ...
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A car vs the car - English Article

Consider the following sentence from Oxford learners' dictionary, under their entry for the: There was an accident here yesterday. A car hit a tree and the driver was killed. In the first sentence,...
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Articles for different types of 'analysis'

All examples, except the last one, are from Longman dictionary A factor analysis identified ten significant factors affecting women’s rights. A structural analysis showed that the roof was ...
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‘tell a story’ or ‘tell the story’ in a single sentence

The single sentence: The novel tells the story of a salesman. Can I say: The novel tells a story of a salesman? I chose a story, but the answer is the story.
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Should it be “a moon” or “the moon”

I was reading Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending, when I encountered this line: And I thought of a cresting wave of water, lit by a moon, rushing past and vanishing upstream, pursued by a band ...
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“top left” vs. “the top left”

This page says The main diagonal of a matrix consists of those elements that lie on the diagonal that runs from top left to bottom right. Would adding "the", which gets "from the top left to the ...
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By the side of the road vs by a side of the road

Here's a sentence: The Good Samaritan Parable tells a story of how a jew traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho was robbed and beaten by criminals who then left him to die by THE side of the road. ...
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Can we use a definite article when someone we are talking to doesn't know of the topic yet?

As for my question about the difference between I like a movie, Pulp Fiction. I like the movie, Pulp Fiction. A commenter answered: I would say the only difference in usage is that you would use ...
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Why do we need 'the' in front of the grammar word? [duplicate]

the indefinite article the gerund the past participle I've always thought that 'the' is placed when you're talking about something specific. But I see people usually say with 'the' even ...
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meet a/the target of . . .?

Should the definite or indefinite article be used in the following? The target in question is mentioned for the first time in the passage, yet it seems to be quite specific. Currently, the Ministry ...
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Article “The” before not particular year

I've found a sentence: February is the second month of the year. And a little bit confused, why do in English it is correct to put "the" before the word "year" in this sentence when we do not ...
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Definite Article use before contract names and numbers

I've been struggling with the definite article and its usage in contracts' names. Please comment and explain, I would appreciate any help! P.S. Language of origin is Russian. Examples of the ...
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Definite article in definitions

I have noticed a pattern of using the definite article „the” that occurs in definitions, and I don’t know how to explain that. The pattern is as follows: "A/An + term + basic description. The + term + ...
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Why has Marx's “Das Kapital” been translated to “Capital” in English and not “The Capital”

Why has Marx's "Das Kapital" been translated to "Capital" and not to "The Capital"? Actually, the article "Das" in German points out that it is not any capital, but the capital as the process of the ...
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“The” for mentioning the time after mentioning the place [duplicate]

I have a following question: I know I have to use first place then time. But I want to make sure about following sentence : That was a great experience to teach them at Yale University in (the) ...
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A and THE, which is correct?

The sentence below A protocol is the language that a computer uses to communicate with other computers on the network. Is the usage of a/the correct? Can I change it to A protocol is a ...
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A bat vs bats vs the bats

Which one of these sentences is correct: A bat is not a bird, but a mammal. or Bats are not birds but mammals or The bats are not birds but mammals.
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Enlgish Article “the” vs no article

Consider the sentence below. The total mass is the sum of the mass of all components. I do not understand why definite article "the" is followed by the word "mass." Why the word "mass" is specific?...
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In running such a game, a/the computer may freeze

Having the following sentences and lines of reasoning: Video Games are becoming more and more hardware demanding. In running such a game, the computer may freeze. (*) My line of reasoning: the ...
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Definite article for not specific things

This is an extract from an exercise on indefinite articles from an English text-book: ... Gary works in a restaurant. He brings the food to the tables. He is a waiter. But my question ...
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Why does the English language need the definite article to refer unique items?

Isn't that obvious what we are talking about in the following sentences? If it is obvious, why we need an extra word in there? The world is beautiful. World is beautiful. The pope said these words. ...
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Is “The life is beautiful” incorrect or just very non-idiomatic?

We had a discussion earlier on another SE site and I'm not able to find a definitive answer online. If I say, speaking generally: The life is beautiful I know this is not the common way of saying ...
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English Definite Article “the” with “Same”

I know we often use the English article "the" before nouns. But I have noticed this is not always true. According to the Oxford dictionary, "Same" is used as Adjective, Pronoun, and Adverb. Oxford ...
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Definite article for contextually clear references

Do we use "the" if we understood from the context that a noun is specific? If your answer is Yes, and I cannot imagine another answer, then the above statement contradicts with the following example ...
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English article “A” vs “The”

In English Grammar, before ordinals (first, second, third...), we always use the definite article "the." Consider the sentence below. If the same person calls a second time within a 15-minute ...
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Article usage in “a cow” vs “the cow”

I have referred to many grammar books and they say that "A cow gives us milk" and "The cow gives us milk" mean the same thing. They mean all cows give us milk or cows give us milk. I know that the ...
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The English and Foreign Language University

I would like to know whether it is English and Foreign Languages University or The English and Foriegn Languages University. because some universities are called with the article' The ' and some other ...
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“December the third” vs “December third”

My birthday party is on the third of December. My birthday party is on _____ _____ _____. I encountered this question in a quiz. It requires me to rephrase the first sentence without changing ...
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Why there is zero article in this sentence?

Does Hotbit Account Required Registration? yes, registration is required on Hotbit and registering on Hotbit is quite easy, you just have to land on the homepage, and then click the “Register” ...
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Use of definite article with superlative adverbs

What is the exact rule of using the definite article with superlative adverbs? Had asked this question on the English language and usage site also, but no exact answer was given. For example: "...
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In writings, do we omit 'the' in the list of nouns that are consisted of AND or OR?

Assume that it is correct to put 'the' in the following context. Do we put 'the' only at the first noun in the list of nouns that are consisted of AND or OR? Note. The question is targeted on ...
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It's the time to do

Many people say 'It's the time to do' is unidiomatic. They say it's always 'It's time to do.' It's time to go home. It's time to start the work. It's time to go. Even in a situation where 'going' ...
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Is it possible to use “the” as follows: the number of “the”?

This school has quite a lot of students although I don't know exactly the number of the students. I would like to know the expression "the number of the" in the above sentence I created is correct. ...
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Using the definite article with a collective noun

In the following sentence (emphasis is mine, source) The government manipulates the television with the emphasis on their major voters, who are dependent upon television--instead of reading the ...
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Why is “The” at times used before “News” and at times not when referring to an identical concept?

I have heard with my own ears several times, "Now news!" and "Let's now listen to the news" on the radio when announcing the news broadcast. Why is it so?
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Can definite and indefinite articles be used interchangeably?

I was going to say: Pronouns and/or be/have/do are occasionally omitted in spoken English at the beginning of the sentence. But then I thought, I don't have any particular sentence in mind here. ...
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“a number from range [0, 10]” vs. “a number from the range [0, 10]”

Do we need any article before "range": a number from range [0, 10] a number from the range [0, 10]
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Definite article alongside “use”

I've got these two examples: However, use of these drugs is discouraged by pregnant women or women trying to conceive and should be thoroughly discussed with your health care provider and ...
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Should “Organization” here be preceded by “The?”

To put or not to put "The"... In my made up examples below, do I keep the "The" or not? Why? Does it even make a difference? The results speak to the organization the infrastructure lacks. ...
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What are the correct articles and prepositions when you write about the news of your family?

Context: I did not know that my friend has become engaged, and I am telling him in a letter how I knew about his engagement. I visited your old man yesterday, and he was talking about politics as ...
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Do I need to use definite article and commas in a defining relative clause?

Do I need to use 'the' instead of 'a' here? Are the punctuation marks correct? She gave him a reason. A reason, that was sufficient to burst a passion inside him so that he could reveal all his ...