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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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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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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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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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“in plural form” or “in the plural form”?

Is the use of definite article necessary in the below sentence? How would you say the word man in (the) plural form.
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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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“in the light of” vs “in light of”

I see that both phrases "in light of" and "in the light of" are used and people considering both to be correct. Look here and here. Also there is a large corpus supporting both phrases usages; you can ...
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“The first to know” Vs. “First to know”

What difference in meaning or otherwise does the inclusion or omission of the definite article make in this sentence? When that day comes, you will be (the) first to know. I would like to add ...
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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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“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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Using article “the” with famous places?

I'm editing a children's book about wonders of the World. In this book, the authors are not native speakers(they are XACT BOOK(India)), and they wrote these specific places without article "the": -...
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use of the definite article ' the'

When we talk about a noun in general it is not preceded by the definite article ' the' . As- Indian food is very delicious. But in another sentence it is - the food of India is very delicious. Why has ...
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Should one put the definite article before a date?

In the following examples, should the definite article "the" be present? This article will discuss all journal articles on the subject written between [the] 3rd December 2010 and [the] 20 January ...
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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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If I explain a certain word, should I put the definite article?

If someone asks me what some loan word stands for, should I put the article in front of it? ex.: What's the meaning of Gon? Gon is an animal which lives under the sea Or The Gon is an ...
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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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The use of the definite article with item names

Do I need to use the definite article in the following instance? (R&A stands for a company, CA122 - an item name) We`d like to cancel the order for the R&A CA122.
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Usage and omission of “the”

Can anyone please tell me if I can omit the in the following sentence? Is the in the following sentence optional? (The) villagers in this village are very rich because they use modern technology for ...
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“Configs panel components” vs. “Configs the panel components”

The phrase will be used for a description where brevity and concision are important. Which of the two phrases is correct, and is one preferred over the other? Configs panel components. Configs ...
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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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“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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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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Why does the definite article appear in “the mid-40s”?

Why is the definite article used before mid-40s and 30s in this sentence from a Washington Post weather report? Highs are mainly limited to the mid-40s, with wind chills in the 30s so bundle up. I ...
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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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Articles with group nouns

In the example given in Band Name Grammar, does it interfere if the use of the article is indefinite or definite? For example, "a band are playing" has the same grammar rule as "the band are playing "...
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“As president of the company” or “As the president of the company”?

I know a title sometimes needs zero article, e.g., "He is elected president of the U.S." and "She was sworn in as president." But when writing this sentence below, is the definite article needed? ...
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The use of the definite article with the noun “now”

I found it in Crash Course World History. It is at around 1minute and 44 second. Here is the context: Another change in psychology: many historians of the now note that globalization has also led ...
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usage of definite article “the”

Can anyone please tell me if I can leave the word the out in the following sentences? Can any teacher on anyone who has good grasp on the language please explain it to me? 1- Nothing is impossible in ...
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Sometimes I don't know if I should attach a definite article in front of a noun

Some people do not think interior design is an important part of life. Please look at the sentence above. The 'interior design' does not have a definite article in the sentence. Should I put 'the' in ...
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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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“Any student” vs “Any students” vs “Any of the students”

I am at school and I want to know if any students passed the maths exam this year. Which of the following sentence should I use? And which one sounds more natural? Here are the examples: Did ...
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“the unique challenges” why the?

Why is "the" used in this sentence? What are the unique challenges of keeping mobile devices secure?
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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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grammar items with 'the'

The list below is taken from Barbara Abbott's 'Definiteness and Indefiniteness.' Why do you think the is used before 'personal pronouns' but not before 'demonstrative pronouns' or 'demonstrative ...
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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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Is the definite article “the” needed here before “construction”?

Should I say Does construction of railway lead to prosperity? Or should I say Does the construction of railway lead to prosperity? Why?
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Can I omit the definite article or use the indefinite article even though I'm writing about specific items?

We only use definite articles when we want to be more specific. If in a situation where I don't want to be specific though I know the reader will understand if I specify, can I do that? For example:...
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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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What is the difference between “I see a need” and “I see the need”?

I always use I see the need, but looking at the COCA corpus, I noticed it contains four sentences using I see a need. It is my favorite quote that Tatz told me. So whenever I see a need, I must do ...