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Questions tagged [definite-article]

For questions about "The", the only definite article used in English.

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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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“in terms of the number” or “in terms of number”?

I once heard of that the article "the" can be omitted after "of". So which sentence should I choose, "in terms of the number of something" or "in terms of number of something"? At the same time, ...
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Proper use of 'the' in following situation?

"Test PC is connected via Ethernet and UART to System Under Test." I'm not quite sure where to put "the" in this situation. The reader is actual test engineer which should be familiar what is meant ...
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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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Define a/the function to be

Which is the correct way to define a function? Define a function f(x) to be f(x)=2x Define the function f(x) to be f(x)=2x. Since f(x)=2x is a specific function, my guess is "the" is correct. But ...
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“Siri, set the timer for X minutes”

Every time I ask Siri to set the timer for X minutes I get corrected with set a timer for X minutes I consulted some tech sites, they seem to agree on "a timer". At least, I didn't find any "...
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Do you have a / the time?

I am trying to cope with the ever increasing trend of new phrases in English language and found something. I have heard many a times people use "Do you have a/the time?" In reply, either we say "Yes/...
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“the deed” “the mortgage” can they convey general meanings?

I reckon there are three types of general meanings in English using the definite article: The iPhone is a popular gadget nowadays. The steel industry is the business of producing steel. The ...
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How to use article in this particular situation?

Ok,let imagine this conversation: A: Hello B B: Hello A A: I often share the housework with my brother My question is, Does it make sense when A say "I often share the housework with my ...
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Why is it “the flag” and not “US flag” or just “flag”?

One of the naturalization exam questions is "What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?" and possible answers are "the United States" and "the flag". I understand (I think) why ...
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Can an example be mentioned like this

As an example of the role of context in classification of a node, suppose a user wants to remove the navigation links in the sidebar section. To accomplish this task, they may define a rule to ...
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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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in class or in the class?

I'm wondering whether the definite article is necessary in the following: John is such a dark horse. Who would have thought the shy boy in (the) class would become the CEO of a multinational ...
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Shall I use an article before the word “value”

I am not sure if the word value is countable or non-countable. So I am not sure if i should add an article before it in a context like: Our method adds a value over their method.
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Definite article: the; a method of the extraction of minerals vs a method of mineral extraction

In my mother's tongue, there is no articles; a, an, and the. So I am always confusing the usage of articles. For example, the first sentence use 'the' in front of extraction, but the second does not;...
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On the street or on street

Why do we use definite article with "street"? When i say They found a wallet on the street I don't mean any specific street, so shy do we use "the" , I've never heard anyone saying I found a ...
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Question about plural nouns modified by both a definite article and an 'of' noun phrase

I had a conversation on a topic here that I am interested in a lot but have not get a response yet to my question about it, so I have decided to address the question to the community on this site for ...
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“necessary tools” or “the necessary tools”?

Tell me please if I need to include the definite article in the following sentence. I cannot fix the computer right now as I don't have (the) necessary tools for it. I am not sure whether to use ...
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Question on generic noun phrase

I was looking at the definition of definite article and it reads like this - "The definite article is used before singular and plural nouns when the noun is specific or particular". Since this ...
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The definite article used to speak about things in general

Crime is a serious problem nowadays. The definite article is not used in this sentence with the "crime" since the word means "activities breaking the law" in general, it's uncountable in the sentence ...
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“…where gin could be bought at ten cents the large nip” — what else can be used instead of “the”?

The following is an excerpt from 1984: In the low-ceilinged canteen, deep underground, the lunch queue jerked slowly forward. The room was already very full and deafeningly noisy. From the grille ...
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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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“the” before “history”

I have learned there is generally no article before history, unless we're talking about a specific one. But what about sentences where history doesn't mean neither what has happened nor the story of ...
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be beyond (the) winning?

I saw a quote by Lao Tzu that inserted "the" in the following. Is it correct? Note that most versions do not contain "the." By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it ...
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“Analysis” or “The analysis”

I've come across many scientific articles which bear titles beginning with: "Analysis of ...". For example: Analysis of the accuracy and implications of simple methods for predicting the secondary ...
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Definite article with “is” or “are”?

I Google-searched in quotes this: "The top 20 most common verbs is" and received 32.600.000 articles. I Google-searched in quotes this: "The top 20 most common verbs are" and received 28.700.000 ...
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A case of using definite articles

txt is widely know file format. Should I use the article the or not when referring to it? I am familiar with the notion of txt format, but it could be wrong. As I just asked a question about using ...
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“search results” or “the search results”

Using articles is sometimes tricky. But I hope my understanding is improving with the great answers provided in this forum. Some students said that the Google search engine show xx in the search ...
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Using articles with brand names

One example: One student has reported that Safari web browser .. The brand Safari is mentioned for the first time in the text. Another case: We store the data using Oracle database Shall I ...
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'rainfall' vs. 'rains' vs. 'rain'

His cloak was wet due to the heavy rainfall His cloak was wet due to the heavy rains His cloak was wet due the heavy rain. Which out of the three sound more appropriate? Is the use of the ...
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Using definite article“the”?

1)Dog's presence was a calming influence on patients. 2)The dog's presence was a calming influence on patients. The should be used in this situation or not? And i want to know why
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When does article “the” change meaning of an expression?

I want to find some examples when article "the" changes meaning of an expression, can you help me and give some examples? E.g. I'm in the school. Means I am in the building. I'm in school. ...
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Using “The” when starting sentence with a noun

My sentence starts with a noun: Shall I add "The": The HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is becoming .. or leave it without an article: HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is becoming ..
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Is an article needed in these opening statements?

I have some opening statements like: From programming perspective, ... And, From application development perspective, ... Not sure whether I should add definitive article for them to become: ...
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“All (+noun)” or “all the (+noun)”?

I read a similar post about it, and I understand the general rule: I took all the apples that were in the basket. (not all the apples in the world.) All apples have seeds. (In the world) But ...
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Using the definite article with comparatives and superlatives, for example “the sooner the better”

I would like to know the meaning of structures concerning the definite article "the"-"the"+comparative or superlative adjective(adverb) structures- to be more specific, these ones: the more...the ...
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Is it correct to say “which country do you like the most?”

Is it correct to say "which country do you like the most?" or is there any other way to ask this question? Is it ok to skip 'the' in this question? I heard that one should use 'the' when speaking ...
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A class is an extensible program-code-template for creating objects

Given the following definitions of a class: a class is an extensible program-code-template for creating objects1 A class is the blueprint from which individual objects are created2 A ...
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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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Which article to use with 'are'?

I read the following sentence from an article online: We are a species trapped by a series of brightly lit screens. Is it grammatically correct? Or should it be "We are the species..."? Are both ...
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Can I enquire of you [the/an] additional question of whether this is also correct? Can both 'the' and 'an' be applied?

Can I enquire of you the additional question of whether this is also correct? e.g. ___ Can I enquire of you an additional question of whether this is also correct? e.g. ___ I'd like to ...
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additional services … or the additional services

I have written down two similar sentences below. (1) According to our store policy, customers have to pay more for additional services they may need to upgrade their computers. (2) According to our ...
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Is article “the” needed here?

Here’s my case: I have 3 cats and 2 dogs. (The) cats live in the house and (the) dogs live in the doghouse. I think it’s required because this is specific. So do we need “the” here?
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Grammatical error in using 'the' after an adjective

In the sentence: "Please find attached the document containing the list of items." Is the usage of "the" after "attached" forbidden by some rule of the English language?
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Definite or indefinite article?

There are following rules about articles: a - introduces a person/thing we haven't identified before the- introduces someone/something that is unique. What happens if I'm going to mention ...
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Why adding the article “the” when it is not needed?

There are many sentences, most are titles, that have the before nouns when they seem okay without it. I assume it is added to over-define them but not very sure. Here is a title that uses "the" ...
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Which is grammatically correct, “my name is John” or “the name is John”?

My name is John. The name is John. Which of the above sentences is grammatically correct? If both are, which is preferable and why?
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Is “who or what a thing or person is” correct?

identity: who or what a thing or person is Is this sentence correct? shouldn't there be an "a" before the word "person"? I mean it's either definite or indefinite, but in this sentence it's neither ...
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British colonies or the British colonies?

An example where this got me stumped: An 1833 Act for the Abolition of Slavery throughout the British Colonies Why the definite article before the "British"? From my point of view, that would be ...