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Using "The" at the beginning of title

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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Are all versus are the all

If I post some sentences and then ask if they are correct, what question shall I ask? 1.... 2.... 3... Are all correct? or Are the all correct?
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right using of articles in some interesting proposals

I don't know why english speakers don't use definite article in such proposals: There is a man coming behind me. There is a house being built behind mine. But, there are other proposals with the same ...
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the University of California, San Diego

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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Tickets cost 20 dollars or so. (Where is "the" article?)

Tickets cost 20 dollars or so. The sentence is from a dictionary. (Source) Why there is no "the" article if it is definitely said about particular tickets?
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Using the "a" article with "specific"

Let's say there's a service that allows me to create and edit web pages. And I'm filing a bug report: I can't edit a specific page: https://... On one hand, using "specific" suggests "...
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Can I use the definite article before "less frequently used {noun}"?

In the following sentence in a problem I was assigned, can I use the definite article before "less frequently used"? ___(/,The) less frequently used words or constructions are more likely ...
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"With eyes wide open" or "with the eyes wide open"? [duplicate]

Consider the following sentence: This verb literally means "to look fixedly at something or someone with eyes wide open" and it suggests being so attentive to or mesmerized/shocked by what ...
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‘The’ for things that has already been mentioned

The: used to indicate a person or thing that has already been mentioned Only ‘a half apple’ has already been written. In this case, are ‘the’s used well in both sentences? There’s a half apple. “The” ...
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A question about using the definite article ‘the’

When we talk about a certain contestant, we would say 'the first contestant' or 'contestant No.1'. Why the definite article ‘the’ is omitted in the second case?
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by [the] government

In the following sentence, can "the" be omitted? A tsar is a person appointed by the government to advise on and coordinate policy in a particular area
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a/the real-life stepbrother of

a. Tom, who played the role of the protagonist in the movie, was the real-life stepbrother of Jim, who played the villain. b. Tom, who played the role of the protagonist in the movie, was a real-life ...
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Using "the bank" or "the cinema" to talk about the activity [duplicate]

Native speakers use "the bank" even if they are not speaking about the specific bank, but because with certain institutions the definite article is used to talk about the activity. As in &...
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Use of correct article [closed]

Which one is correct and why? The king left an heir. or The king left the heir.
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Which one is correct: to enter an university or to enter the university [duplicate]

There is a sentence: "When he was 16 he moved to London in order to enter the/an university" Which article is more correct for this sentence the or an?
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The vowel in the definite article "the" when followed by a consonant

I am a bit confused about how to practically pronounce the vowel in the definite article "the" when followed by a consonant. In theory, it should be a schwa. However, I have a feeling like, ...
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Definite article when introducing a list of items

Should I use the definite article when introducing a list of items, tasks, and so on? Completed tasks: Buy that cool t-shirt Call Jane about Mike Fix the car Is it correct to use "Completed ...
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What does "the sound" indicate?

A team of biologists at the University of California recently examined the laughter of animals. They published their findings in the journal, Bioacoustics, on April 19. In total, the researchers ...
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What's the difference between "last week's meeting" and "the last week's meeting"? [closed]

Is there any difference between "last week's meeting" and "the last week's meeting"? For example, do "I didn't attend last week's meeting" and "I didn't attend the ...
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How 'the' should be used for multiple items? How "The 2020 and the 2021 events were cancelled due to..." should be phrased?

How 'the' should be used for multiple items? How The 2020 and the 2021 events were cancelled due to... should be phrased? I think it would be The 2020 event was cancelled due to... but I am ...
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Which is better, most important or the most important

A-1) What is most important to me in life is love. A-2) What is the most important to me in life is love. B-1) Love is most important in life. B-2) Love is the most important in life. Are they all ...
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What does the use of the definite article give to these sentences?

I like winter because (the) snow lies on (the) trees, on (the) houses, and on (the) roads. I like winter because there is snow on (the) trees, on (the) houses, and on (the) roads. I've made up these ...
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The definite article in "That's the guy who dropped me into the lake"

In a Spiderman movie, Spiderman gets into a fight with a villain. During the fight, the villain drops Spiderman into a lake. The next day, Spiderman in his civilian suit talks to his friend in school ...
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Using the definite article before the first noun in the phrase [noun] + of + [noun]

I asked this question stating whether we should use the definite article before the noun "manipulation" in the phrase "manipulation of formal symbols" or not, and I was told that ...
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definite or indefinite article for new term that described in other paper?

When we present a term for the first time with reference to another article, should we use definite or indefinite article? (without reference, we should use indefinite article) Example (The Hilbert's ...
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Should the definite article before the word "manipulation" not be omitted?

I have seen the following sentence: He claims that thinking is merely the manipulation of formal symbols. However, in my opinion, the definite article before the word "manipulation should be ...
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Is "a current" ever grammatical?

As I understand it, the indefinite article "a" cannot be used before the word "current". "A current ..." doesn't make sense to me. We say "the next" and "...
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Use of articles in the description of an experiment

I am struggling a bit with the sentence describing the experiment we conducted: The tensile tests were performed at the XX strain rate for the sample with the XX mm gauge part. There are particular ...
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The globalization/society

Should the definite article be used before both "globalization" and "the consumer society"? "Globalization created the consumer society."
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Why can't the definite article (the) be used in front of a noun + number?

For example: THE graph shows an increase in car ownership... but Graph two shows an increase in car ownership.... In both cases the noun (graph) is specific, so you'd expect the definite article to be ...
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definite article after "and"

The sentence about general facts: Molecules are neutral particles made of two or more atoms bonded together. The proton and the electron are parts of an atom. Can we remove article before electron? ...
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Definite article when we talk about "something" that is a part of "any, arbitarary" thing

Here is a sentence from my instruction for LibreOffice Writer users: To change the measurement unit of table columns to a percentage, [you need to...] My question is whether to put "the" ...
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The before education and computer revolution

Is "the" required before "computer" and "education system"? The computer revolution changed the education system. I mean they have become very important.
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Using "the" for a class and for a member of a class

I will have you, the Glumor, wiped out completely! If we know that the word "Glumor" is in singular and we are not aware of any further context, then will it be correct to say that we don't ...
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What should I use here 'A' or 'The'?

A red car stopped by a Highway Patrol Officer was speeding. A joke told at the beginning of his speech made everyone laugh. 'stopped by a Highway patrol officer' and 'told at the beginning of his ...
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Definite article 'the' with the word 'painting' when speaking about crafts

I'm writing an article about Russian traditional handicrafts, such as Khokhloma, Zhostovo, and Gzhel. I know the names of these styles/techniques do not require any determiner before them when I use ...
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what is the difference between "at the weekends" and at weekends?

Do these sentences have the same meaning? "I go shopping at the weekends." "I go shopping at weekends."
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is it "weaken Wi-Fi signal" or "weaken the Wi-Fi signal"?

Could you tell me if I need to use the before Wi-Fi signal in the sentence below? If you have a Wi-Fi router in the living room, but you'll want to connect to it from another room, then the thick ...
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Is the sentence "our son was born in the last week" correct? (Using preposition and definite article with time units)

Our son was born last week does not sound weird to me. Actually Our son was born in the last week sounds a little bit unusual. But thinking about it, I find the latter one more correct grammatically. ...
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Is there a guide for using the article "the" or not when referring to a university name? [duplicate]

Consider this pair of sentences This book is an outgrowth of our involvement in teaching … at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This book is an outgrowth of our involvement in teaching … at ...

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