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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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Article after AT - THE vs A/AN

What are the rules on the use of articles after the proposition of AT? I'm asking because I can't conclude why in the case of age, THE is used and in the case of speed or altitude, A/AN is used: ...
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“think opposing counsel to be the personal enemies of their parents” — why “the”?

From To Kill a Mockingbird: I’ve heard that lawyers’ children, on seeing their parents in court in the heat of argument, get the wrong idea: they think opposing counsel to be the personal enemies ...
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The commodity vs. commodity

What is the function of the definite article in the noun phrase "the commodity" in the phrase "the theory of the commodity"? What is the difference between the phrase with the definite article and the ...
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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 ...