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“We are the citizens of the US” vs. “We are citizens of the US”

We are citizens of the US. We are the citizens of the US. I mostly use #2 when I use sentences like this. According to me, #2 suggests that we are talking about a specific group of citizens that is ...
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Is “the large number of genes” grammatically wrong or is it a glitch from Grammarly?

Grammarly asks me to change the "this process is infeasible due to the computational cost of the optimization process and the large number of genes. " sentence to "this process is ...
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A dynamic state is understood as a state in which…/The dynamic state is understood as the state in which…?

Which one is correct: "An invention should be described in its dynamic state. A dynamic state is understood as a state in which... " "An invention should be described in its dynamic ...
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Why is the definite article “the” not used in this Cambridge Dictionary example?

We expect to take delivery of our new car next week. The above is an example from the Cambridge Dictionary, I would like to know “why have we not used take the delivery?” We are talking about a ...
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Using “the” before dates

English learners are taught not to write "the" when writing dates but I see that many native speakers do. Or am I wrong? The sentence below was written by a native speaker. "I paid off ...
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a/the loss of 8 wickets

The Australian cricket team scored 200 runs with the/a loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs. I am confused if I should use an indefinite article or the definite article in the above sentence . According to ...
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Should I capitalize 'the'?

I want to ask you a question about capitalization. I would like you to have a look at the following sentence: I love listening to the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. Do I have to capitalize 'the' in ...
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Adjective 'winged'

There's a winged boy: The wings are big Wings are big What is correct if the meaning of 'winged' is the meaning of 'wingses' in 1 and 2?
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“The technologies related to the project”

Let's suppose we're talking about some project. Do you have experience with the technologies related to the project? Do we need "the" before "technologies"? The project has a ...
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last time vs the last time, next time vs the next time. When should one use the definite article?

I've been noticing the following phrases and am puzzled by the inconsistency in using the definite article in them. How does one know where to use the definite article and where not to use it? What is ...
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Why THE Attention of Researchers?

As far as I know, "the," as a definite article, is used to designate something already mentioned. However, this Economist article begins with IF TRADE is the lifeblood of the world economy, ...
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My/The IELTS test?

"I feel like I should've started (my) GMAT earlier. That way I would've been prepared for the/my test by now." I know we usually say 'I'm taking my IELTS test tomorrow.' I'm just now sure ...
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“Mentioned by commenters” or “mentioned by THE commenters”?

I have a question about the definite article "the". Suppose I posted a question and some commenters commented on it. Now someone else wrote an answer to my question and wants to write ...
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Using an article in “the rest of [the] thesis”

I am describing the structure of a thesis. In it, I have: Chapter X provides the required details to comprehend the rest of the thesis OR Chapter X provides the required details to comprehend the ...
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“Standard cars in the US” or “the standard cars in the US”?

Could you tell me if I need to use the before standard in the following context? Standard cars in the US are pretty good. The standard cars in the US are pretty good. What I'm trying to say is that (...
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Article usage in this particular sentence

I've got this sentence I struggle a bit with. After all, the game is always evolving and our developers do pay attention to (the) balance and (the) feedback the players provide. Given that the ...
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What's the difference between using 'the' or 'these' in the following sentence?

These apples are red. The apples are red. I think in the second sentence the meaning is that all apples are red, am I right? Also, using 'the' in this example is grammatically correct?
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“Most” “best” with or without “the”

Is it wrong to say that we can use or omit "the" before "best" with an adverb without any change of meaning, but when we use "most" with an adverb, the meaning of the ...
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Shall I use a an article before “lack of”

Which one is correct? We introduce the xx model, which exploits the lack of consistency. Or, We introduce the xx model, which exploits lack of consistency.
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On using an article at the beginning of a sentence

I have this sentence: Section 2 anticipates the findings of this section. Shall I add an article (The) before Section 2 which starts the sentence?
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Article before “possible WHO pre-qualification of the vaccine”

I am having a bit of hard time pondering over why there is not an article before "Possible who pre-qualification of the vaccine" in the following sentence: We are in close contact with ...
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Whether to use definite or indefinite article in sentences like “Don't put a space between a dash and a/the following punctuation mark”

Don't put a space between an em-dash and the adjacent words.From Quick and Dirty Tips In English, you don’t put a space between a word and a question mark.From Quora These sentences look very ...
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Usage of “the” in “the meek and humble” [duplicate]

Which one is grammatically correct sentence? According to the Bible it is meek and humble who shall inherit the earth. According to the Bible it is the meek and humble who shall inherit the earth.
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Generic “the” used in other places in a sentence, maybe not as a subject?

I know "the" can be used to refer to a thing in general, which works like a noun in its plural form. For examples, (1) The lion is big and hunts other animals for food. (2) The organization ...
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Why is the definite article not used in these cases although the context is specific?

We use uncountable nouns or plural nouns to talk generally about something, and we use the definite article "the" with singular nouns or uncountable nouns when the context is specific. Now I ...
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Usage of 'a' and 'the'

I have a question about the usage of 'a' and 'the' in English. I know that the rules depend on countable/non-countable nouns and general/specific nouns. Like described in this tutorial and in other ...
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When “some of the” should absolutely be replaced with just “some”?

I've read "some " vs. "some of " and “Some” vs “some of” with adjective but I'm still having trouble figuring out in which cases "some of the" should always be replaced ...
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“A last couple of week” vs. “the last couple of weeks”

What is the difference in meaning between a last couple of weeks and the last couple of weeks? I thought that the former was totally wrong, but in the second episode of the fourth season of Breaking ...
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“In rain” or “in the rain” [duplicate]

I would like to know if "in rain" is correct in English. For example, in the film Blade Runner there is the famous "Tears in rain" monologue (and by the way there is a vangelis' ...
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“How was class?” vs. “How was the class?”

I've noticed that English native speakers sometimes omit the definite article before the word class when they ask how it was, even though it's clear what class they are talking about. So, let's say a ...
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Use of articles in software documentation

I have some questions about the use of articles in the documentation of the Laravel framework. The chunk method breaks the collection into multiple, smaller collections of a given size Why is used ...
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What's the difference between the two sentences below?

Is it okay to use "the" before "English bookstores" in the following sentence? If yes, how is it different from a sentence without "the"? You can buy it from the English ...
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I want to know the difference between 'the west ' and ' west'. I want to know the meaning of 'the' [closed]

I have a question about 'the'. I wanna know the difference between the west and west.
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scarcely any or scarcely the?

In the following sentence from Frankenstein, the definite article "the" cannot be replaced by "any." Could anyone provide a logical explanation, please? Last Monday (July 31st), ...
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Do you use a definite article or zero article followed by a prepositional phrase

In the following two (similar) sentences the definite article is used in one, but not the other. 1 Capital letters are used for the names of people,places and languages. 2.Capital letters are used for ...
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Which one is the grammatically correct sentence? [duplicate]

Which one is the grammatically correct sentence? 1) watch the television. 2) watch television.
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Which abstract nouns do we use indefinite articles with?

Which abstract nouns do we use indefinite articles with? I always can't decide whether I have to add an article before non-specific abstract noun or not. Please, give me some instructions.
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“All the water” VS “All water”

I am a bit confused as to the difference - some use the definite article, some do not: -All water on Earth will evaporate in a billion years. -Not all water is composed of the same substances. -All ...
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Use of 'The' at the beginning of a sentence [duplicate]

The payment was made today Payment was made today In which context, the above can be used.
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A strange lesson from a bilingual American. About article “the”

I just have happened to have found this video. He is teaching English in Japanese TV and is saying he is frustrated about every time he speaks the as in "thə" (which should grammatically be ...
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The definite article with an indefinite abstract

The definite article is used for specific things. In the following sentence the noun "disappearance" is not specific (no one is missing): The disappearance of a person cannot go unnoticed . ...
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We live on earth. The earth moves round the sun

We say that we live on earth but we say the earth moves round the sun. When earth is a planet and we use the definite article the before the names of planets, why can't we say we live on the earth and ...
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Why we shouldn't use article the before importance in sentence below

The lack of importance of something or The lack of the importance of something
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Rain and sun VS the rain and the sun

there! Which one is correct: I prefer rain to sun. Or I prefer the rain to the sun. According to dictionary examples, both are correct.
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A light/ light/the light

Everyone! Why is this correct: There was someone in the house because there was a light on inside. As I know, light is uncountable. So correct to say the light/ light but not a light, isn't it? ...
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Absence of the definite article before present company

My mother sighed melodiously, her way of warning present company that this could easily turn into an improvised lecture from the great man himself. This is from "Call me by your name" by ...
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Do we need article “the” with “Wonder Woman” and other superheroes?

She wants to be like Wonder Woman when she grows up. Can we use article “the” in this sentence, if not, then why?
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“The” with abstract nouns

Is there any difference between A and B? A: How the GRH movement led to acceptance of Ivermectin as a COVID-19 therapy in Peru? B: How the GRH movement led to THE acceptance of Ivermectin as a COVID-...
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Should I use (The) here?

1)What are other ways of saying hello? 2)What are the other ways of saying hello? I was just wondering which of these two sentences is correct. To me somehow both of these sentences seem to be ...
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“Remember a time when…” or “remember the time when…”?

Could you tell which article I use in the following sentence: a or the? Do you remember a/the time when we went fishing and we forgot bait. If both article possible, could you tell me what would ...

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