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Correlation between articles and time

I noticed that there's some connection between time and how defined a noun is. I want to test this theory I am a teacher in college. My class consits of 30 students, but only 22 of them attend ...
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Article usage for plural nouns

How did you spend your internship at Apple? I talked with co-workers, attended meetings and sent emails I talked with THE co-workers, attended THE meetings and sent emails Is it true that both #1 ...
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The meaning of "common effort helps me teach other students who wish to pass the Cambridge exam"?

There is this feedback on a language school's site: 'We have bonded for a 12 years voyage that helped me learn English at the C2 level. Now, I am glad to see that common effort helps me teach other ...
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"stay the course" vs "stay on (the) course"

Is there any difference between "stay the course" and "stay on (the) course"? Is "the" necessary in "stay on (the) course"? We will stay on course rather than ...
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Why is "the same" always with "the", but "identical" without it?

As far as I know, “same” and “identical” have identical meaning. Why is one used with “the” and one without “the”? I can argue that “same” should always have “the”: When thing 2 is the same as thing 1,...
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Definite article or zero article in [noun] of [noun] phrase

I think that in the noun of noun phrases, we should use a definite article in front of them to show they are specific, but I quickly found some exceptions: Details of the plan soon leaked out. ...
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The concept of the articles [closed]

It may be obvious from the title of the question (or it may be not, I can't say) that I don't understand the concept of articles. I don't have them in my native language. We take the needed info from ...
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Is it always necessary to use "the" before "youth" when it means "young people (considered as a group)"?

When "youth" means "young people considered as a group", oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com gives examples for this meaning both with "the" and without it. The examples where ...
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Use of definite article before "customer service"

I was recently asked by a non native English speaker why "the" isn't necessary before "customer service" in the sentence "You should call customer service if there's a problem&...
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The English of/English of someone

The English of my friends is so-so. English of my friends is so-so. I think it should be "the English" but I am not sure.
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Usage of Articles in Relative clauses

1. Tom is talking to a woman. Do you know her? 2. Do you know the woman Tom is talking to? 3. The man I was sitting next to on the plane talked all the time. In the first sentence, we used 'a woman', ...
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Spring is the best season of {a/the} year

Spring is the best season of ____ year. a or the? Year is not definite. It can be any year. Shouldn't it be "season of a year."?
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Definite article with a car brand name

In this answer someone explains why there is a definite article in front of the car model The Volkswagen Golf Mk7. It appears many car models have the in front their names. E.g. The Ford Focus, The ...
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Why "the teacher" but not necessarily "the students"? [duplicate]

One of the most mysterious things in English for me is definite articles. Despite the fact that I have already been learning English for so many years, I am still struggling with the very ...
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"I ate at a restaurant… A dessert was delicious." — Is there an explanation of using "a" before "dessert" other than there was more than one dessert?

The explanation of using "the" (from a comment from one of threads on ell.stackexchange.com): I ate at a restaurant yesterday. The dessert was delicious_. — Even though the first sentence ...
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the use of 'THE' in relative clause

which is correct or mostly used when the listener doesn't know which people I mean? 1 Do you know people I work with? Do you know the people I work with? 2 I hate people who brag about how much ...
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Is 'the' article used before a noun that is common and uncountable?

There is a rule that 'the' is used before an uncountable noun but 'the' should always be used before a common noun. So, if a word is both common and uncountable, then, it is important to use an ...
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Should "the" or no article be used in "is ___ principal of this school"?

Q. Mrs. Kanwal is ............ principal of this school. (1) no article (2) a (3) an (4) the Some people say that there should be "no article" before the noun "principal". They ...
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Can I say "teacher looked" instead of "the teacher looked"?

Is it okay to say "Teacher looked at the student angrily." instead of "The teacher looked at the student angrily.", or it is totally unacceptable in English? EDIT: It is like as if ...
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Should I change 'next time' to 'the next time' in reported speech?

In my textbook there's an exercise requiring you to convert direct speech to reported speech. Here are two of the direct sentences: 'I'll pick you up next time.' 'Please, give me another chance next ...
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Usage of the article "the" in the sentence "He is the person for the job."?

He is the person for the job. What's the meaning of "the" in the sentence?
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‘A sum‘ or ‘THE sum’?

6 = 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 (a sum of 6 numbers) = 6 (1 number) = 2 + 4 (2 numbers) = 3 + 3 (2 numbers) = ... a natural number n, i.e. a positive whole number greater than zero such as six, is [...
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Omission of article 'The' [duplicate]

Is it mandatory to omit article 'The' in this following sentence? 'Mr. Biswas is the principal of this school.'
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"<Next> <The next> <The following> six months will be the hardest." — What's the difference between these variants?

ell.stackexchange.com: (1) The next three Mondays I'll be out of town. — common ell.stackexchange.com: (2) Next three Mondays I'll be out of town. — informal I was told (1) and (2) mean the same where ...
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I got <a><the> perfect score on the exam in ring theory but not in Galois theory

I got a/the perfect score on the exam in ring theory but not in Galois theory. Question: Which is correct, a or the? A perfect score is a particular number (in Japan, usually 100), so I suppose that ...
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Definite article with heart, body etc [closed]

Can you explain why "the" is used in these nouns? Shouldn't it instead use "a" because they're mentioned for the first time? The heart pumps blood around the body. Running is ...
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"Next time I'll bring a book." — Can I use "the next time" here?

As far as I know: "next time" and "the next time" are interchangeable; "next time" is an informal form of "the next time". To make sure of it, I've prepared ...
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go to the supermarket/shops [duplicate]

I'm confused by the use of the definite article in this sentence whether it's used in a generic sense or both the listener/reader knows exactly what we're referring to? Or there is only one restaurant ...
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"The" with plural, definite nouns

Let's say I am talking to a friend of mine: I had a walk in the forest yesterday. (the?) Trees had scratch marks on them. They must have been left by bears. Note that both the speaker and listener ...
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construction usage of "– of the + noun"

I'm confused by the construction of "of the noun" in a sentence. I always think that "of" means "in" and "the" means "this". Is my understanding right?...
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the key to all the doors of knowledge

a. He has a key to all doors of knowledge. b. He has a key to every door of knowledge. c. He has a key to each door of knowledge. d. He has a key to all the doors of knowledge. ============ a1. He has ...
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Do definite articles in English imply the existence? [closed]

A king of France doesn't exist. It makes sense because there's no king of France. The king of France doesn't exist. Does it make sense? Because if "the" implies the existence, this ...
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Definite article for a particular purpose that's more important than individual place or its location

My English grammar book says "the" is common with places that we go to for a particular purpose (that is more important than the individual place or its location), so we go to the petrol ...
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Can I put the article 'the' before a proper noun which also has common noun after it?

Can a proper noun (Oxford University) take the if it is followed by a common noun (journal), like in the following sentence? We can get more data in the Oxford University journal.
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She is one of (the) better speakers. - need "the"?

Example 1 He was one of many American writers. He was one of the many American writers. Example 2 He was one of few famous American writers. He was one of the few famous American writers. ...
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Do you need the definite article? in "the dean" and "the manager"

I have made up the sentences below. (1a) I told Jack, "Yesterday, I visited ABC Store and met with the manager, John Brown." (1b) I told Jack, "Yesterday, I visited ABC Store and met ...
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"traffic volume in Kyoto" or "the traffic volume in Kyoto"

(1) Traffic volume in the city of Kyoto is displayed in the graph. (2) The traffic volume in the city of Kyoto is displayed in the graph. Question: Which sentence is correct? I asked two Japanese ...
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Article with districts' names

I was reading a book for my classes and encountered this passage: In the 1990s New York City’s art center shifted away from the downtown scene in SoHo to its present location in “Chelsea” on ...
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Is it Tate or the Tate, Tate Britatin/Modern or the Tate Britain/Modern?

This is really confusing, as event on the museum's website, there are different examples, such as in this article: ...the gallery at Millbank, now known as Tate Britain, was built and opened in 1897. ...
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Articles with art collectives' names

I'm reading a book on art where the author mentions many art collectives and I can't understand why he uses articles with some but not with others, especially when there is no preceeding noun (e.g. ...
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Does a plural noun that doesn't refer to a nonspecific or generic noun need to have a definite article?

For instance, "processes that wish to use a resource will be blocked" vs "the processes that wish to use a resource will be blocked". Do they have any differences?
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Why is the zero article correct in "__ witnesses say..."?

While practicing the usage of the English articles, I encountered the following exercises: There was a collision between a car and a cyclist at the crossroads near - my house early in the morning. ...
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Can't I remove 'the' before world in the given sentence? [duplicate]

Sentence - You are a unique creature in 'the' world. Can I omit the word 'the' when it is already known that I am referring to world which is already understood ? Note - There is already an answer ...
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Is the definite article 'the' necessary in phrases like 'neither of the cats'?

When I want to say neither of the cats either of the cats none of the cats half the cats a lot of the cats most of the cats each of the cats every one of the cats all the cats That 'the' is ...
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I check "the" milk prices whenever I am in "a" supermarket. - definite article comes first and indefinite article comes later?

Example 1 "I check "the" milk prices whenever I am in "a" supermarket." What does the "the milk prices" refer to? Does it refer to the milk prices in the &...
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What does "the" specify in the given sentence?

Sentence - "The" healthy food is important for people. What does "the" specify? Does it specify a particular food which is healthy as "food" is the head noun. If it ...
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Can I write about a noun for which I have used "the" later in the text?

If I am writing this for the first time in an article - The associations between factor A and factor B were found to be normal. Now, I had not discussed any thing about the type of associations that ...
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What if I write "the" instead of "a" in the starting without discuusing about specific type of tissue in the given sentence?

Another study used "a" skin tissue that is epithelial. If I am writing an article and if I write "the" instead of "a" without writing anything about the particular type ...
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Does removing the definite article in "The Association between Economic Status and…” matter?

The Association between Economic Status and Depressive Symptoms: An Individual and Community Level Approach I know that "the" implies a particular association that is between "economic ...
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Why "the" is used before the word "association" in the given sentence?

"The" association between socioeconomic conditions and health differed between countries of different economic development. I know that "The" implies a particular association that ...
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