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patients with diabetes OR the patients with diabetes

To my knowledge, if we indicate diabetic patients as a whole, 'patients with diabetes' is grammatically correct rather than 'THE patients with diabetes'. I don't understand why because we have to put ...
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English Articles: Perilla oil is an/the edible vegetable oil derived from perilla seeds

This is a sentence from Wikipedia. Perilla oil is an edible vegetable oil derived from perilla seeds. I don't understand why it is an edible vegetable oil. We can only have one oil from perilla, i....
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Definite article omission: “The ones with *the* black hair” vs “The ones with black hair”

I wonder which phrase is grammatically correct. the ones with the black hair the ones with black hair For me both sound right. But when I searched Google Books I found the second one to be ...
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Is the use of “the” optional before the word “managment” is the sense of people who hold managerial positions or the managment department?

Is the use of the optional before the word managment is the sense of people who hold managerial positions or the managment department? For example: I have been working in (the) management for a ...
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Use of “To” after “where” and “which”, and use of article “the”

Which sentences below are correct? Please explain why it is correct and why it is wrong. These are the places where I want to travel. These are the places where I want to travel to. These are the ...
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‘The great storm in/of 1987’

My father lost his life during the great storm of 1987. I’m not familiar with the structure ‘the ... of (time)’. I would say a great storm in 1987. Does the great storm of 1987 refer to a particular ...
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Democratic values. Does it require the definite article?

I've read in Practical English Grammar that you don't usually put the definite article in front of so-called "half-general expressions". Is "Democratic values" in that category? Or does it require the ...
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“We're stuck between floors two and three”. Is the definite article implied?

When you name the floor you're on, you say "I'm on the [an ordinal number] floor.", which totally makes sense! So why do people, for example, say "We're stuck between floors two and three"? Do they ...
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How to correctly name photographs? (confusion with articles)

What to do in these examples?: "Pines in (the/zero article) fog"? https://images.fineartamerica.com/images/artworkimages/mediumlarge/1/foggy-pines-paula-apro.jpg "(An/0) eagle (in the/at) dusk"? ...
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to provide the means to

Is the phrase "to provide the means to" idiomatic in English? I often see the phrase in cases where, I think, "the means" are/is not definite. For example: 1) 'Lamp holder' or 'socket' means a ...
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Is there anything wrong in the sentence?

In 2018, Japanese national soccer team called Samurai Blue took part in the World Cup held in Russia and won to the round of 16. Is there anything wrong in the sentence? Should there be the definite ...
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“Until afternoon” or “until the afternoon”?

Tell me please if I need to use the before afternoon in the following sentence. On Fridays I work until (the) afternoon. I am aware that generally the is used with afternoon, but what about my ...
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“to put smth to the test” vs. “to put smth to a test”

What is the difference in the meaning between the two phrases: "to put smth to the test" and "to put smth to a test"?
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“An actual answer to the question” or “the actual answer to the question”?

Tell me please which article I have to use in the following context: the indefinite or definite article. Why didn't you go to school yesterday? I want to know an/the actual answer. I have heard ...
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“copper in liquid state” or “copper in the liquid state”?

Which is correct or more correct? Why? Copper in liquid state Copper in the liquid state
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The use of “next month” or “the next month” in context

Let's say it is January and I forgot what month is after it. Which one of the following sentences is correct? What is next month? What is the next month?
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Do I have to put “the” before both [closed]

These files were used to complete the dose distribution calculation using both the DPM and Penelope codes.
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The use of the definite article before nouns when talking about things in general

Tell me please if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences. In America the food is delicius and caloric. In America food is delicious and caloric. In the first ...
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“I like swimming breaststroke” or “I like swimming the breaststroke”?

Tell me please if I need to use the before the types of swimming techniques when they are used as adverbs? For example: I like swimming (the) breaststroke. I prefer to swim (the) front crawl ...
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Should I use “air” or “the air” when talking about waves in the context of physics?

This post by @choster gives a nice explanation about using 'in the air' rather than 'in air'. Unfortunately, when I google: how does sound wave travel through air, I found that lots of guys are using ...
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Diplomacy: The patriotic art of lying for one's country

This is a quote from Ambrose Bierce: Diplomacy: The patriotic art of lying for one's country. I was wondering is it okay to replace one's with the or a. All three are determiners. Does the ...
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The use of the definite article with the word “answer” in context

Let's say I am teaching math and I tell my students that if they don't know answers to my questions, they can ask me. I am not talking about specific questions and answers about math, but rather ...
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The use of the definite article before the name of a language in context

Tell me please if it is necessary to use the before English in the following sentence. (The) English spoken in Australia is slightly different than (the) English spoken in America in terms of ...
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“The young Einstein” - Do we always need “the” here?

When proper nouns describe a period in life, they frequently take the definite article: "...what the young Einstein brought to the scientific facts was..." "The Napoleon after Waterloo was ...
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Real me VS The real me

Real me is handsome. VS The real me is handsome. Are both correct? And are they different in meaning? If "The real me is handsome." is correct, why should put "the" into the sentence?
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“Go to the restaurant” or “go to restaurants” in context

Let's say I want to know if someone eats at retaurants in general, do I have to say the restaurant or restaurants. For example: Do you go to restaurants? Do you go to the restaurant? By the ...
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Using “the” with this mode of transportation

If I want to refer to the Mass Rapid Transit as a means of transportation that I used to get to a zoo in the city, do I need to use the article "the" then? In short, should it be: 1) I took MRT to ...
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A/The laptop which I bought in the UK is faulty

Are the statements below wrong? Thanks! The laptop which I bought in the UK is faulty. analysis: You know I bought only one laptop visiting the UK and it's faulty. A laptop which I ...
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A problem with the rule about articles in English

Some time ago a native English speaker said to me that That is the tool which I use to edit video Means the person uses only this tool and That is a tool which I use to edit video Means the ...
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results in the onslaught of THE (?) data created

In this sentence It results in the onslaught of the data created by devices. should I remove "the" before data? or since I'm talking about a kind of data that is created by devices, I should keep ...
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Research Investigating the Cause / The Research Investigating the Cause

Could someone explain why is there no definite article before the word research? As you may have guessed, research investigating the cause of the discrepancy in sales has shown that people want to ...
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“A/the degree of [a] doctor” vs. “a doctor's degree”

After four years in America, he got __________. A. a degree of doctor B. a doctor's degree C. the degree of a doctor D. a doctor degree The correct answer is B but I want to know why not C or A? ...
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What article would be correct here? A belief that / The belief that

Can I change the definite article in the following sentence and remain grammatical? Once you adopt the belief that there's nothing you can do to change something, you start to take a pernicious ...
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Sensations that people wanted. Why is it indefinite?

Could someone explain the reason why the definite article is omitted in the first example? The task was clear: pump a healthy dose of emotional appeal into the shriveled-up fruit. Link up ...
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Is it correct that the book ''The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'' has a definite article because the author is referring to specific adventures and not because the sentence has a structure with 'OF' [...
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The school/School is where I'm at

Let's say an elementary school student is at their school, and says: a. I'm at school. Here, I don't think you need any article: b. ?I'm at the school. c. ?I'm at a school. Now, can ...
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Using definitive article with “number of”

Should I use an article with limited number of This shop is visited by a limited number of customers. Or, This shop is visited by limited number of customers.
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Use of article “the”

Do we have to use the article "the" in the following example: Coordinator in (the) Director's Office, Department of Legal Affairs?
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What is the difference between “work on computer” and “work on the computer”?

I have heard people say both work on computer and work on the computer. For example: I work from home because I work on computer. I work from work because I work on the computer. Is there any ...
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do we use definite article before color or not?

Do we use definite article before colors? This command gives me all the clickable content in the red color.
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Which article do I use with “class” and “the name of a certain subject” when talking about a certain class in general?

Tell me please which article I have to use before class and the name of a certain subject in general, not about one specific class? For example: I like going to English class. I like going to ...
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Should ''feelings of love…'' be specific here?

Why do you want a great family life? Is it because you think it will give you (-) feelings of love, intimacy, connection, or warmth? Do you want to save the world because of the feelings of ...
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The eggs you bought are out of date / Eggs you bought are out of date

1) The eggs you bought are out of date. 2) Eggs that you bought are out of date. Can we tell that the second example implies that some eggs are still good to eat? And the first means all the eggs ...
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which one is correct “The Home Ministry” or “Home Ministry”?

I need some suggestion about the article in both these statement which one is grammatically correct? "The Home Ministry" or "Home Ministry"? I was in college when my teacher teach me about articles. ...
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Do I use the definite article before a type of transport only when I use a certain type of transport on a regular basis?

Do I only use the before a specific transport only when I regularly use it. For example: I take the bus to work. Let's say don't usually go somewhere by cab, but I decided to use it on one ...
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The use of “a”, “the” and “zero article” before the brands of cars

Let's say I prefer the cars made by a certain company. Which article do I use in the following context? I prefer a Volvo. I prefer the Volvo. I prefer Volvo.
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Using definitive article with an algorithm name

Assume there is a well know algorithm known as XX. When I refer to it as in the following example, should I use the article or not? In this example, we assume a hybrid-mode using XX algorithm Or, ...
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Can I use 'the' before a person's name?

I'm not native English speaker so sometimes 'the' is confusing. Teachers say that you can never use 'the' before a person's name except family's name, for example 'the Simpsons'. Really? So, How ...
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Is it correct to omit the definite article before the word “dad”/“father ”and “mom”/“mother” when referring to one's parents?

Is natural to omit the definite article before mom/mother and dad/father meaning one's mom or dad. For example: Mom says that I don't have to clean my room. I will ask dad if I can take his ...
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“Go to school” or go to the school" in context

Let's say I am in school, and my parents want to visit my school to find out how I am doing there. Which one of the following is the most natural way to communicate the idea? My parent are going to ...

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