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Why does the English language need the definite article to refer unique items?

Isn't that obvious what we are talking about in the following sentences? If it is obvious, why we need an extra word in there? The world is beautiful. World is beautiful. The pope said these words. ...
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Is “The life is beautiful” incorrect or just very non-idiomatic?

We had a discussion earlier on another SE site and I'm not able to find a definitive answer online. If I say, speaking generally: The life is beautiful I know this is not the common way of saying ...
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English Definite Article “the” with “Same”

I know we often use the English article "the" before nouns. But I have noticed this is not always true. According to the Oxford dictionary, "Same" is used as Adjective, Pronoun, and Adverb. Oxford ...
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Definite article for contextually clear references

Do we use "the" if we understood from the context that a noun is specific? If your answer is Yes, and I cannot imagine another answer, then the above statement contradicts with the following example ...
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English article “A” vs “The”

In English Grammar, before ordinals (first, second, third...), we always use the definite article "the." Consider the sentence below. If the same person calls a second time within a 15-minute ...
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Article usage in “a cow” vs “the cow”

I have referred to many grammar books and they say that "A cow gives us milk" and "The cow gives us milk" mean the same thing. They mean all cows give us milk or cows give us milk. I know that the ...
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The English and Foreign Language University

I would like to know whether it is English and Foreign Languages University or The English and Foriegn Languages University. because some universities are called with the article' The ' and some other ...
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“December the third” vs “December third”

My birthday party is on the third of December. My birthday party is on _____ _____ _____. I encountered this question in a quiz. It requires me to rephrase the first sentence without changing ...
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Why there is zero article in this sentence?

Does Hotbit Account Required Registration? yes, registration is required on Hotbit and registering on Hotbit is quite easy, you just have to land on the homepage, and then click the “Register” ...
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Use of definite article with superlative adverbs

What is the exact rule of using the definite article with superlative adverbs? Had asked this question on the English language and usage site also, but no exact answer was given. For example: "...
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In writings, do we omit 'the' in the list of nouns that are consisted of AND or OR?

Assume that it is correct to put 'the' in the following context. Do we put 'the' only at the first noun in the list of nouns that are consisted of AND or OR? Note. The question is targeted on ...
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It's the time to do

Many people say 'It's the time to do' is unidiomatic. They say it's always 'It's time to do.' It's time to go home. It's time to start the work. It's time to go. Even in a situation where 'going' ...
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Is it possible to use “the” as follows: the number of “the”?

This school has quite a lot of students although I don't know exactly the number of the students. I would like to know the expression "the number of the" in the above sentence I created is correct. ...
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Using the definite article with a collective noun

In the following sentence (emphasis is mine, source) The government manipulates the television with the emphasis on their major voters, who are dependent upon television--instead of reading the ...
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Why is “The” at times used before “News” and at times not when referring to an identical concept?

I have heard with my own ears several times, "Now news!" and "Let's now listen to the news" on the radio when announcing the news broadcast. Why is it so?
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Can definite and indefinite articles be used interchangeably?

I was going to say: Pronouns and/or be/have/do are occasionally omitted in spoken English at the beginning of the sentence. But then I thought, I don't have any particular sentence in mind here. ...
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“a number from range [0, 10]” vs. “a number from the range [0, 10]”

Do we need any article before "range": a number from range [0, 10] a number from the range [0, 10]
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Definite article alongside “use”

I've got these two examples: However, use of these drugs is discouraged by pregnant women or women trying to conceive and should be thoroughly discussed with your health care provider and ...
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Should “Organization” here be preceded by “The?”

To put or not to put "The"... In my made up examples below, do I keep the "The" or not? Why? Does it even make a difference? The results speak to the organization the infrastructure lacks. ...
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What are the correct articles and prepositions when you write about the news of your family?

Context: I did not know that my friend has become engaged, and I am telling him in a letter how I knew about his engagement. I visited your old man yesterday, and he was talking about politics as ...
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Do I need to use definite article and commas in a defining relative clause?

Do I need to use 'the' instead of 'a' here? Are the punctuation marks correct? She gave him a reason. A reason, that was sufficient to burst a passion inside him so that he could reveal all his ...
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definite article: “rebut charges that…” or “rebut the charges that…”?

Are both questions grammatical? Are there any differences in meaning? 1) She has rebutted charges that she has been involved in any financial malpractice. 2) She has rebutted the charges that she ...
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1. Let's all thank <the> group A, B, and C; 2. Thank you to <the> groups A, B and C

Let's imagine a small firm where all people know each other very well. This firm consists of five groups A, B, C, D & E. Each group was involved in some process. Together they were doing one big ...
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infinitive or gerund: two most important keys to succeed

In the following sentence, should "two" be preceded by "the"? And is "succeed" correct? Diligence and intelligence are two most important keys to succeed.
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Where we shouldn't to use 'the'?

Hello my native language is spanish and in spanish we use 'the' a lot of times, and sometimes when I translate something from English I see that 'the' is not necessary or is wrong. For example ...
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Can we use 'the' before comparatives?

He is the better of either of the boys.Is this corrret? If not what will be correct form.
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Regarding the dropping of the article “the” in this context

In this answer to a physics question, the responder said, "The current J in a material is a combination of conduction current and displacement current". Is it permissible to drop the in the above ...
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Is “the” idomatic in this sentence?

That attitude is fostered by the American government. Is "the" required in this sentence? Why? "by the american governement" is way more frequent on the Internet than "by American government". But I ...
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Is “the” required in this sentence?

There is no serious work on this subject. The existing literature lacks the proper focus. Is "the" required before "proper focus"? Why?
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“Toutmai started the second officer's job at..” vs “Toutmai started a second officer's job at”

In 2011, she joined the XYZ Institute as a navigation officer. After over two years in the institute, in November 2013, Toutmai started the second officer's job at Siren for Fleet Ship Management. ...
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“I am [the / an] owner of a bookstore”?

I'm drafting a letter of invitation for someone. And one sentence goes: "I am [the / an] owner of a bookstore" - which article shall I use?
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“During years 2017-2019” vs. “During the years 2017-2019”

"During years 2017-2019, he appeared four times on the podcast." or "During the years 2017-2019, he appeared four times on the podcast" Are both of them correct? If not, which of ...
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Shall I use “an” before “impact”?

Some uncountable words like the word value should not be preceded with article. I am not sure about impact. It has impact on the existing approaches. or It has an impact on the existing ...
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“On Horse Market” vs. “On the Horse Market” as the title for a post

"On Horse Market" or "On the Horse Market" I suspect the latter is correct, but I do not know why? I did some research. I know that market is countable. Is that a rule that I always have to put an ...
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As far as meaning, does the omission of the article “the” in this prepositional phrase changes anything?

It is possible to remove the article the from: In the previous chapters, we saw the importance of communication. to obtain: In previous chapters, we saw the importance of communication. the ...
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Using 'a,' 'an,' or 'the' with 'price' and 'discount'

I am confused when to use the correct articles. For example, in an email: Dear Journal of Business News, I have received the information about subscribing to your journal. I have a few ...
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the Chester Beckers in The Great Gatsby

In The Great Gatsby, I read the following line: From East Egg, then, came the Chester Beckers and the Leeches, and a man named Bunsen, whom I knew at Yale, and Doctor Webster Civet, who was drowned ...
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Is there a grammar rule telling when to drop or not to drop a definite article before names?

Is there any rule in English regulating when I can omit the definite article before names? Here is the list of banks of Taiwan taken from Wikipedia (no need to read through it, just go ahead and ...
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Which form is better in this case [closed]

Shall I say "All the records that I buy in the USA" or"All records that I buy in the USA" I think the first one is better because it is not all records in general but only these that I buy in the ...
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referring to multiple similar periods of times by a singular noun with the definite article preceding it

Is it okay in English to refer to multiple similar periods of times by a singular noun with the definite article preceding it? For example, is it okay to say: Judging by her common reactions in ...
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About articles for prizes

Often, when we say about winning prizes, we say it without any articles: I won first prize/ first place. And as far as I know, people use "the" with names of specific prizes: He won the ...
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What does flower removal plots mean?

I was reading "The impact of an alien plant on a native plant-pollinator network: an experimental approach" and it talks about flower removal plots what does that mean? Visitation and pollen ...
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Should I use the in these cases?

The following sentence is extracted form essay talking about single-sex school. People can get the\no article social experience to deal with the\no article opposite gender later in life and they ...
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Why isn't there the definite article “the” in “periods of sheer rest”?

Apart from the care of children and periods of sheer rest, the active lives were spent in the cities. Why isn't there the in periods of sheer rest in this context?
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Can “father” be “the father” and “mother” be “the mother”?

The original sentence: With mother earning and his older children drawing substantial wages father is seldom the dominant figure that he still was at the beginning of the century. Is it also ...
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“as of next month” vs “as of the next month”

Despite having studied English for years, I don't yet know the proper usage of the article 'the' fully. This sentence is from Cambridge Dictionary: As of next month, all the airline's fares will ...
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The Irish weather or Irish weather

The \ no article Irish weather is normally cool and wet in October. I thought it should be the Irish weather because there is only one Irish weather. However, I have found the following examples from ...
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The use of the definite article before decades [duplicate]

Why do we use "the" before decades? Internet technology developed in the 1960s. The 1970s marked the beginning of a modern society. Also, is it mandatory to use "the" before such ...
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using “the” for the objects in the speaker's field of vision

I am one of those learners who have been greatly and negatively affected by various grammar myths. One of such myths is that you should always use "the" before a noun, by which you refer to an object ...
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Why the definite article in “with just the suggestion of a smirk”?

This sentence from the Oxford Dictionaries Online makes me wonder about its use of the definite article. I leaned back in my chair with just the suggestion of a smirk on my face. (source) Why is ...