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Definite article before 'soul' and zero before 'body' in a Leo Tolstoy quote [duplicate]

In one video the author puts the following quote of Leo Tolstoy. Alcohol is a poison, harmful to the soul and _ body, therefore it is a great sin to drink alcohol and to offer it to others. It is ...
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Usage of the and its omission

Are these sentences without the grammatical? Should I omit it or retain it? I love the people who love me. The People who love animals are very kind hearted.
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Do I have to put the article 'the' in this sentence?

When the priest stepped into the church, all (the) worshipers attending rose from their seats. Do I have to put the article 'the' in this sentence? I know the general rule about the difference ...
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Usage of 'the' in sentences

Is the needed in the following sentences? What does the sentences with and without the mean? (The) people who stand by you in your tough times are the best friends of yours. This notice is for (the) ...
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The Intention of X / An intention of X

She'd want him to be involved in their relationship with the intention of marrying, not just playing around. We couldn't say, ''an intention of marrying'', which means we don't limit the number of ...
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When to use article (a) and not using article , also using article (the)

Based on information from police report you are a traitor. Based on information from the police report you are a traitor. Based on information from a police report you are a traitor. Which is ...
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The Poor Farmer or A Poor Farmer? What fits best?

[The] well salaried workaholic who is never home to strengthen the relationship with his wife and kids is likely to be less happier than [the] poor farmer in Thailand who spends half his day tending ...
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Usage of plural nouns with and without 'the'

Can I use the plural nouns in the given sentences with and without the. What difference in meaning does the create in the sentences? And as an English speaker which one sounds best to your ears? John,...
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What's the difference between freedom and ''the freedom'' here?

What's the difference between freedom and ''the freedom'' here? The wheelchair gives him the freedom to go out on his own. It's a specific type of freedom, 'the freedom to go out on your own'...
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When to use the definite article

A friend has a lot of trouble with when to use 'the'. E.g. he will say: 'I'm going to gym', or 'I'm going to city'. Both of these examples need the definite article. However, it is fine to say 'I'm ...
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The vs Zero Article - 'the' rights and '-' well-being

I was reading an article and saw the following sentence: Its main aim is to safeguard the rights and well-being of the refugees. I do not understand why they haven't used the rights and the well-...
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When do we say “learning piano”/”playing football” and “learning the piano”/”playing the football”? [duplicate]

Ex. 1: He wanted his children to learn the piano. Ex. 2: There's hundreds of variations you can come up with, but one thing that influenced me was learning piano in school.
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Is “the” possible as a right answer? (English test from Japanese year 7)

This box is big. This ( )( )( ) box. Fill in the blanks so those two sentences can be almost the same meaning. I know the answer is This (is)(a)(big) box. However many children use "the" instead ...
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'We are starting class now' or 'We are the starting class now'?

I saw the sentence: 'We are starting class now' in a book of English grammar exercises. But, I don't understand why the sentence has no article (the), like: 'We are starting the class now'.
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What is the difference between “both” and “both the”?

Is there any difference between both and both the? For example: Both students passed the exam. Both the students passed the exam. Both windows are open. Both the windows are open.
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Do we say “strip me by eyes” or “strip me by the eyes”?

Do we say: You strip me by eyes or You strip me by the eyes ? The sense I intend to get is something like, a person undressing someone else just by looking at him.
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Is there a rule for using of “the” before “of”?

I am not sure if there is a rule for the using of "the" before "of". The second question is about the usage of "the" after "and". I think we can eliminate it after "and" if "the" is used in the ...
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“the” before temple, zoo, prison

I have learned that article is not used before Temple, Hospital, Jail, or Zoo if one visits it for the purpose it is. I saw one sentence Visitors to the zoo are amused by monkey playing in the ...
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Can “each ” be omitted?

I have three wallets. Each wallet has the same shape, but a different color. The wallet has a zippered pocket on one side. Does "The wallet" in the sentence above I created make sense? I don't like ...
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Can I omit “the” in those sentences?

Sometimes I'm not sure whether I should use "the" in a sentence. Descriptive noun + name In math: Option 1: Point A is equidistant from lines l and l'. Option 2: The point A is equidistant from ...
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Orbit vs the orbit

What is the difference between get it into orbit and get it into the orbit
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Does 'a window' close the possibility to be one and only one window in the room?

Imagine me staying in a room and I have you on the phone and say to you that it has a window. I know that it has only one window but still choose the indefinite article 'a' because I'm not going to ...
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USA or the USA in a sentence? [duplicate]

Could anyone clear up which is - grammatically - correct, "the USA" or "USA"? There are no doubts about unrolled, i.e. full name, so the Unites States [of America] are definitely to be used with "...
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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?...