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“professor in Houston University”

Should "the" be added in front of "Houston University" in the following sentence? ("the Houston University" sounds not as natural as simply "Houston University" ...
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The book of which the price is high is informative. (do we need 'the' in 'the price'?)

The book of which the price is high is informative. The book of which price is high is informative. I think we need 'the' beause it is modified by of which.
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Zero Article and No Article in English [closed]

My cousin loves that car so much. The sentence contains: a) Zero Article b) No Article c) Definite Article d) Indefinite Article
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Why is it “Beef is a kind of meat” instead of “The beef is a kind of meat”?

An exercise on articles had the question: 1- ____ beef is a kind of ___ meat. I have answered like this : The beef is a kind of meat. but the correct answer was: Beef is a kind of meat. Why is ...
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Whether to include the definite article when we talk about all of the instances of some set

a. k. a., i. e., e. g. — Notice that the intermediate periods in the abbreviations are followed by hair spaces. The sentence after the abbreviations themselves is not a description of a rule how ...
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How to pronounce 'the' before 'unique': /ðə/ or /ði/? [duplicate]

When 'the' comes before 'unique', how to pronounce it: /ðə/ or /ði/?
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Why should there be an article?

The sentence: "I took a few biology classes and read lots of books on the psychology and physiology of animals."
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What decides where the definite article(s) goes in “A of B”?

Let's take the following for example: “trajectories of hand movement.” Is the only factor that decides which option below is correct whether "trajectories" or "hand movement" has ...
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Why is “the pharmacy” supposed to be appropriate in the context? What about “a pharmacy”, “pharmacies”, or “pharmacy”?

I've been studying English for many years, but still struggling with learning the usage of English articles. Below is one example. From a news article I read on this site. How some drugs can turn ...
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Use of articles in certain situations

I read that with certain places, "the" or the zero article can be used, but all depend on context. For example: I'm in hospital. (mainly indicates that you had a health problem, so you're ...
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Definite article in generic reference

All the grammar books that I have consulted state quite clearly that the definite article can be used in generic reference with singular count nouns, as in the following examples: The elephant is a ...
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Why is the definite article “the” used before some dances and with others not?

I crossed with two sentences: Tango is a partner dance and social dance that originated in the 1880s along to the Río de la Plata. How to dance the Tango. So, I got very confused because the ...
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Should there be “the” before the website name search in this sentence?

The site was ranked #2 and approximately #6 in the website name search and local keyword search respectively on Google. should there be "the" before "website name search"? or ...
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Whether to use a definite or indefinite article when we talk about punctuation marks?

Example 1: Option A: A question mark is used only at the end of a sentence. Option B: The question mark is used only at the end of a sentence. Example 2: Option A: A ? character is used only at the ...
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Why do we use 'the' for non specific nouns? [duplicate]

For example: Read the Bible. I'm not talking about a specific Bible. Also reading a bible would mean any bible. Which is not what I wanna say Why can't we just skip the article and say. "Read ...
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Why does a definite article come in 'The years sure pass quickly.'?

The years sure pass quickly. It's a general statement, isn't it? Is this ok too: years sure pass quickly.?
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“Get used to cold weather” or “get used to the cold weather”?

Could you tell me if have to use the before cold weather. For example: I'm sure you will get used to (the) cold weather in this country.
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Why zero article is used here

I came upon this sentence in a book I was reading ("Why Aren't They Shouting?" by Kevin Rogers): (...) it is always pored over by banks and their regulators for months after publication. ...
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Is there a difference in meaning between “criticism of the police” and “THE criticism of the police” [duplicate]

A of B consideration of B use of B destruction of B B is an object of A but in some cases, B becomes a subject: the arrival of the police (the police arrives) So I am asking about what the difference ...
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“The few Northern counties” v/s “A few Northern counties”

a. The result of the election will be determined by a few Northern counties of the state. b. The result of the election will be determined by the few Northern counties of the state. What is the ...
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Why don't the authors use the articles 'a' and 'an' infront of the the words 'period' and 'entity' respectively?

This is an excerpt from The IBM Style Guide for technical writers: In books, use a period in titles for chapters and appendixes. Insert the period after the name of the entity and the identifying ...
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“… the posts on Google …” or “… posts on Google …”?

We know that we should use "the" in situations that we have "of", such as "the users of this website". But sometime we have "on" that act like "of". ...
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Should we use 'the' every time when writing about a specific thing?

If I write kinda fairytale and let's say I write about one concrete snowman and one specific fish, should I write 'the snowman' and 'the fish' every time? Or is it understood that I still mean this ...
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Does the usage of 'the' change the meaning of these sentences?

Are all of these sentences grammatically correct? a. "That man claims he talks to angels." b. "That man claims he talks to the angels." c. "That man claims he talks to ...
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inspiration from gods/the gods

a. That poet was thought to receive inspiration from gods by his contemporaries. b. That poet was thought to receive inspiration from the gods by his contemporaries. Is there a difference between the ...
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“a” or “the” article before a compound noun

Avoid including words that are clear from a/the file type or otherwise obvious. Not recommended: presentation_for_google_summer_of_code_2011.ppt Recommended: summer_of_code_2011.ppt (The above ...
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Articles after 'going to'

It seems sometimes speakers use 'the' even when the noun is not definite. For example, they may say : "I'm going to the shopping centre/beach/cinema/gym." While I don't know and they haven'...
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“Notify authorities” Or “Notify the authorities”?

Could you tell me if I have to use 'the' before 'authorities' in the following context? If you suspect that something illegal is going on, you are supposed to notify (the) authorities right away. ...
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“the Auckland” or “Auckland” [duplicate]

Can you please let me know which of the following sentences is correct? 1 Because of this reason the Auckland is having greater productivity. 2 Because of this reason Auckland is having greater ...
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It's expected that the rebels will succeed in bringing down a government that is increasingly unpopular

Violence flared up again today in the troubled southern region when several bombs went off in the centre of the capital. Support for the rebels is growing, and it's expected that the rebels will ...
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Regarding the definite article 'the' in “out of the question”

Although she is a hard working girl, her victory in this competition is out of the question. Why is the definite article 'The' used in the above sentence before 'question'? Is there any rule behind ...
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Why use “the” in “a real need to understand something about **the seasons** ”?

Up to now, historians have assumed that calendars came into being with the advent of agriculture, for then man was faced with a real need to understand something about the seasons. I don't understand ...
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Why isn’t definite article “the” used in “came ___ third in the race”?

There are two sentences. Both of these are correct but why? Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon. Nick came third in the race. Why don’t we use "the" in the second ...
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Why I should use “the” here?

I am learning English and I have a question. There is a sentence: Nick went into the bathroom, turned on the water and washed his hands. What is the grammar rule uses here?
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“Believe in an afterlife” or “believe in the afterlife”?

Could you tell which article I use after afterlife: an or the? For example: Do you believe in an afterlife? Do you believe in the afterlife? I have seen both used before afterlife, but I can't ...
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“the Pashto language”

I started the abstract of a paper that I am writing with this sentence: Pashto language belongs to the eastern Iranian branch of the Indo-European family of languages, and it is spoken primarily in ...
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What is the difference between using 'as president' and 'as a president'?

Someone asked why we can't use as the president/as a president in this sentence. When teachers were upset about the stringent accountability measures Barack Obama imposed on them as president. And ...
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Do I have to use “the” with “fortune” and “luck”

I want to say "(the) fortune in my pocket" and "(the) luck in my pocket". Do I need to put "the" there and is it at all acceptable here?
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Usage of Article “The”: “The” Son of Austrlian Immigrants

I have questions, both general and specific, on the definite article "the." He grew up in New York as the son of Australian immigrants, the oldest of three boys. In the sentence above, ...
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The UK has approved a COVID vaccine [duplicate]

What does "The" emphasize in the phrase "The UK has approved a COVID vaccine"? It seems to mean that "UK has approved a COVID vaccine" is itself OK. I am not very sure. ...
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Whether to use the definite article when we talk about a noun that belongs to an indefinite noun?

Rule 5: Order [the] elements included in a bibliographic record in the most appropriate way to retrieve the book. For example, if the books are retrieved according to the author, the author element ...
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Is there any difference in meaning with the use of the definite article?

According to http://amj.amegroups.com/article/view/4743/html In the sentence, "This study was designed to imagine the impact of the antioxidant metallothoinein (MT) on 'the' lipopolyssacharide (...
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The implication of the definite article in the following examples

What is the difference between the two sentences below? (Or is it the case that one is ungrammatical anyway?) The Abduction of Elvis is a book I have been authoring for the last ten years or so. vs ...
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“a victim of something” vs. “the victim of something”

Could you tell me whether I have to use a or the before victim in the folliwing sentence? Sara has been a/the victim of identity theft too. What I'm trying to say is that Sara has been one of many ...
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Article “the” with parts of the body

I am confused with the use of "the article" in the following sentence: In the mouth there are gums with teeth, the tongue and the palate. Why "the" before gums and teeth is ...
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Definite article vs zero article

I have problems with definite and zero articles in the following sentences: "I met a man you were talking about over THE telephone yesterday." "The wounded were examined by THE doctor ...
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Make the comeback

I was talking about the time I hurt myself and had to stop going to the gym and how I recovered and started lifting again. I said: "The only thing that helped me to make the comeback was his ...
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Forming indirect questions

How would you explain why there is no definite article before the noun "language"? Examples to compare the pattern with: Do you know what the capital of Peru is? Do you know what the ...
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Is it necessary to use the definite article before the adjective “proper” and a nount?

Couuld you tell me if it is necessary to use the definite article before the adjective proper and a nount? For example: There are really good Englih dictionaries, but they sometime fail to give (the)...
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(The men/Men) usually drive fast in this country

The men/Men usually drive fast in this country Which one should I use and please explain. I am more inclined to "Men" but a native speaker told me to use "The men".

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