Questions tagged [definite-article]

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

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“During years 2017-2019” vs. “During the years 2017-2019”

"During years 2017-2019, he appeared four times on the podcast." or "During the years 2017-2019, he appeared four times on the podcast" Are both of them correct? If not, which of them and why? I ...
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Shall I use “an” before “impact”?

Some uncountable words like the word value should not be preceded with article. I am not sure about impact. It has impact on the existing approaches. or It has an impact on the existing ...
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“On Horse Market” vs. “On the Horse Market” as the title for a post

"On Horse Market" or "On the Horse Market" I suspect the latter is correct, but I do not know why? I did some research. I know that market is countable. Is that a rule that I always have to put an ...
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As far as meaning, does the omission of the article “the” in this prepositional phrase changes anything?

It is possible to remove the article the from: In the previous chapters, we saw the importance of communication. to obtain: In previous chapters, we saw the importance of communication. the ...
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Using 'a,' 'an,' or 'the' with 'price' and 'discount'

I am confused when to use the correct articles. For example, in an email: Dear Journal of Business News, I have received the information about subscribing to your journal. I have a few ...
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the Chester Beckers in The Great Gatsby

In The Great Gatsby, I read the following line: From East Egg, then, came the Chester Beckers and the Leeches, and a man named Bunsen, whom I knew at Yale, and Doctor Webster Civet, who was drowned ...
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Is there a grammar rule telling when to drop or not to drop a definite article before names?

Is there any rule in English regulating when I can omit the definite article before names? Here is the list of banks of Taiwan taken from Wikipedia (no need to read through it, just go ahead and ...
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Which form is better in this case [on hold]

Shall I say "All the records that I buy in the USA" or"All records that I buy in the USA" I think the first one is better because it is not all records in general but only these that I buy in the ...
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referring to multiple similar periods of times by a singular noun with the definite article preceding it

Is it okay in English to refer to multiple similar periods of times by a singular noun with the definite article preceding it? For example, is it okay to say: Judging by her common reactions in ...
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About articles for prizes

Often, when we say about winning prizes, we say it without any articles: I won first prize/ first place. And as far as I know, people use "the" with names of specific prizes: He won the ...
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What does flower removal plots mean?

I was reading "The impact of an alien plant on a native plant-pollinator network: an experimental approach" and it talks about flower removal plots what does that mean? Visitation and pollen ...
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Should I use the in these cases?

The following sentence is extracted form essay talking about single-sex school. People can get the\no article social experience to deal with the\no article opposite gender later in life and they ...
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Why isn't there the definite article “the” in “periods of sheer rest”?

Apart from the care of children and periods of sheer rest, the active lives were spent in the cities. Why isn't there the in periods of sheer rest in this context?
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Can “father” be “the father” and “mother” be “the mother”?

The original sentence: With mother earning and his older children drawing substantial wages father is seldom the dominant figure that he still was at the beginning of the century. Is it also ...
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“as of next month” vs “as of the next month”

Despite having studied English for years, I don't yet know the proper usage of the article 'the' fully. This sentence is from Cambridge Dictionary: As of next month, all the airline's fares will ...
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The Irish weather or Irish weather

The \ no article Irish weather is normally cool and wet in October. I thought it should be the Irish weather because there is only one Irish weather. However, I have found the following examples from ...
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The use of the definite article before decades [duplicate]

Why do we use "the" before decades? Internet technology developed in the 1960s. The 1970s marked the beginning of a modern society. Also, is it mandatory to use "the" before such ...
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using “the” for the objects in the speaker's field of vision

I am one of those learners who have been greatly and negatively affected by various grammar myths. One of such myths is that you should always use "the" before a noun, by which you refer to an object ...
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Why the definite article in “with just the suggestion of a smirk”?

This sentence from the Oxford Dictionaries Online makes me wonder about its use of the definite article. I leaned back in my chair with just the suggestion of a smirk on my face. (source) Why is ...
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A question regarding using the definite article

Supposed that I already stated earlier that it was raining for while and I gave a good description of how it looked like. Now, I am wondering if I can use Rain without any articles so that only the ...
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That's best..no article?

I struggle with the rules related to not using the definite article with the superlative. I know the following - the definite article is NOT used in these cases: Possessive pronouns (My best friend) ...
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Why is the definite article needed in “border on the ridiculous”?

Two dictionary sentences share the phrase "border on the ridiculous". The play's dialog borders on the ridiculous. (Merriam Webster) His suggestion borders on the ridiculous. (Cambridge) I ...
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“Siri, set the timer for X minutes”

Every time I ask Siri to set the timer for X minutes I get corrected with set a timer for X minutes I consulted some tech sites, they seem to agree on "a timer". At least, I didn't find any "...
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Shall I use an article before the word “value”

I am not sure if the word value is countable or non-countable. So I am not sure if i should add an article before it in a context like: Our method adds a value over their method.
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On the street or on street

Why do we use definite article with "street"? When i say They found a wallet on the street I don't mean any specific street, so shy do we use "the" , I've never heard anyone saying I found a ...
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“necessary tools” or “the necessary tools”?

Tell me please if I need to include the definite article in the following sentence. I cannot fix the computer right now as I don't have (the) necessary tools for it. I am not sure whether to use ...
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“…where gin could be bought at ten cents the large nip” — what else can be used instead of “the”?

The following is an excerpt from 1984: In the low-ceilinged canteen, deep underground, the lunch queue jerked slowly forward. The room was already very full and deafeningly noisy. From the grille ...
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“the” before “history”

I have learned there is generally no article before history, unless we're talking about a specific one. But what about sentences where history doesn't mean neither what has happened nor the story of ...
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The use of the definite article with item names

Do I need to use the definite article in the following instance? (R&A stands for a company, CA122 - an item name) We`d like to cancel the order for the R&A CA122.
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Definite article with “is” or “are”?

I Google-searched in quotes this: "The top 20 most common verbs is" and received 32.600.000 articles. I Google-searched in quotes this: "The top 20 most common verbs are" and received 28.700.000 ...
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A case of using definite articles

txt is widely know file format. Should I use the article the or not when referring to it? I am familiar with the notion of txt format, but it could be wrong. As I just asked a question about using ...
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“search results” or “the search results”

Using articles is sometimes tricky. But I hope my understanding is improving with the great answers provided in this forum. Some students said that the Google search engine show xx in the search ...
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Using articles with brand names

One example: One student has reported that Safari web browser .. The brand Safari is mentioned for the first time in the text. Another case: We store the data using Oracle database Shall I ...
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Using definite article“the”?

1)Dog's presence was a calming influence on patients. 2)The dog's presence was a calming influence on patients. The should be used in this situation or not? And i want to know why
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Is an article needed in these opening statements?

I have some opening statements like: From programming perspective, ... And, From application development perspective, ... Not sure whether I should add definitive article for them to become: ...
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Using “The” when starting sentence with a noun

My sentence starts with a noun: Shall I add "The": The HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is becoming .. or leave it without an article: HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is becoming ..
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When does article “the” change meaning of an expression?

I want to find some examples when article "the" changes meaning of an expression, can you help me and give some examples? E.g. I'm in the school. Means I am in the building. I'm in school. ...
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“The devil is in the detail” or “The devil is in details”

Which statement is correct? The devil is in the detail Or, The devil is in details
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“All (+noun)” or “all the (+noun)”?

I read a similar post about it, and I understand the general rule: I took all the apples that were in the basket. (not all the apples in the world.) All apples have seeds. (In the world) But ...
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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 ...