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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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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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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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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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Why say “student life” and not “the student life”?

The Culture subsection of the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary's entry for "campus" begins with The popular image of student life is of young people with few responsibilities enjoying ...
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“calotype, invented by an (the) Englishman William Henry Fox Talbot” - which article to use?

I'm uncertain which article to use in the following examples: calotype, invented by an/the Englishman William Henry Fox Talbot paper, written by a/the Scottish professor John Dudgeon a studio ...
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Why is there no (definite) article before “unity” in the mathematical sense?

Example: x is equal to unity ("unity" has to do with a "unit", i.e. 1, not "the state of being joined together or in agreement".)
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Is the definite article needed here?

I'm trying to improve by ability to recognize instances when the inclusion of the word 'that', prepositions, definite articles, etc. are technically right, but unnecessary. Do I need to use 'the' in ...
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Definite article vs. no article in front of plant names used generically

There's a rule that when we use a noun generically, we either put the definite article in front of it or use the plural form: The tiger is in danger of becoming extinct. Tigers are in danger ...
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A/the fear of something

What is the reason for using a and the in the following sentences (taken from Wikipedia): The fear of the dark is a common fear or phobia among children... A fear of falling, along with a fear of ...
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Is “the” missed?

In this example: You need to be able to convey the subtle nuances of meaning of each word. meaning does not have the. Is it OK?
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“Enhances the durability”, “Enhanced durability”

High quality stitching enhanced durability. I read an article about sewing and saw the above sentence. The context is about SPI (stitches per inch). Is it necessary to add an article, "the"?...
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What's the difference in meaning between these two sentences?

• We'll taste the dishes of different restaurants there. • We'll taste dishes of different restaurants there. Are they both grammatically correct? And if they are, what's the difference in meaning ...
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“The fog rolled in” vs. “a fog rolled in”

Could you tell me the difference between the fog rolled in and a fog rolled in? For example: The fog rolled in and we couldn't see anything on the highway. A fog rolled in and we couldn't see ...
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Do I have to use “the” before the names of army branches when talking about serving in a particular army branch?

Could you tell me if I have to use the before the names of army branches when talking about serving in a particular army branch? For example: John's dad served in (the) artillery, but John serves in (...
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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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“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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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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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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Usage of 'the' and no article

Should I use the in the following sentences or not? Every colony of ants has worker ants. The worker ants/ worker ants protect their colony and the queen ant. Colonies of ants have worker ants. The ...
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When do you use articles in front of collective nouns?

Which of the below is correct? You are a member of staff at the taxi office. You are a member of the staff at the taxi office.
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“safety concerns related to switching of the drug product to OTC status” - do I need “the” before “OTC”?

safety concerns related to switching of the drug product to the Over-the-Counter status. Do I need the before "Over-the-Counter", or is it the same as with the word form, which is used without the ...
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Is it correct that the book ''The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'' has a definite article because the author is referring to specific adventures and not because the sentence has a structure with 'OF' [...
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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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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 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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“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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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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Do I use definite/indefinite articles properly in this example?

I have so many problems to find the proper usage of defnite vs indefinite articles. Could you please see the example below and tell me if I made a mistake, and what is the proper general rule/ why the ...
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Does “kindly do the reimbursement” need an article?

I am writing a reimbursement letter: I booked train ticket for Dr.David journey on 19.Apr.2016 and the ticket is attached for your kind perusal. I request you to kindly do the reimbursement ...
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You know how to turn on (the) printer(s)!

You know how to turn on (the) printer(s)! A child has turned on a computer and you are making a mark. It is the printer, but you are not limiting your meaning to this occasion and you mean printers ...
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Why was a “the” used in this case?

So there was this question on a facebook group I am in "Would you date me?" and one of the answers was: "No I am into the ladies" and it was from a native speaker and made me quite ...
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Why is there the definitive article in: “on the grass” but not in “smoke cigarettes”?

Recently I found this sentence in Oscar Wilde's essay "The Decay of Lying": Let us go and lie on the grass and smoke cigarettes and enjoy nature. Why there is a the before the word grass but not a ...
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“the human psychology” or “human psychology”?

I want to know why we cannot use the former. I have been told that only the latter is correct but I want a more definite explanation of this. Why is it that we can say "the human mind", "the human ...
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lowercase or uppercase and with or without definite article

This is the sentence I have: "Then we need not worry about anything on earth!" Should I use Earth or is it okay to leave it as such? I understand Earth as an element has to be capitalized....
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Ellipsis of the definite article

Can the definite article before "grammar" and "meaning" be left out in the following sentence? Or, even "the" before "new words"? "Please read the whole ...
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what's the difference between 'a/an' and 'the' when talking about a particular type with them?

I am learning the use of 'a/an' and 'the'. From my understanding, one can use 'a/an' or 'the' to talk about a type, like these examples: A dog is an animal. I can play the piano. I are not sure ...
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Which is correct, “needed for next year” or “needed for THE next year”?

These are the things needed for next scholastic year. These are the things needed for the next scholastic year. I think the article ‘the’ sounds awkward before ‘next’ because next is not a noun. Are ...
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“looking for the accessible text of the novel” vs. “looking for an accessible text of the novel”

I've come to think today whether the use of the definite article in the context of the following post is correct: Having trouble understanding Pride and Prejudice? Being visually impaired, are you ...
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the use of definitive article before possessive

should we use "the" in the following sentences? we should consider "the" teachers' perceptions in our research. by considering "the" teachers' perspectives we can ...
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the use definitive of article

should I use "the" before "teachers"? this is the title of an article and I am not sure whether to put it or not. I will appreciate your comments on the use of definitive articles ...
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Is it correct to say 'available drugs have…' or should it be 'the available drugs have…'?

The sentence is as follows: Available drugs - antimonials, pentamidine, amphotericin B and miltefosine - have side-effects. The writer wants to know why they cannot say: The available drugs - ...
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panel the walls with two layers of metal plate (metal plate or metal plates or the metal plate or the metal plates?)

panel the walls with two layers of metal plate metal plate or metal plates or the metal plate or the metal plates or with the metal plate of two layers or two layers of a metal plate or with a metal ...
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The American accents/The British accents VS American accents/British accents

Do you think in the sentence below we should use the definite article or not before the highlighted phrases? I like (the) British accents better than (the) American accents. I have seen both of the ...
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“Over years of” or “over the years of”?

Could you tell me if need to use the before years in the context below? Over years of working with people Kate has learned how to establish a rapport with people. Over the years of working with ...
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If an already mentioned word is ‘things’

If an already mentioned word is ‘things,’ or a plural noun indicating things including a pen, and things consist of a pen and an eraser, is it grammatical to say ‘the pen’ even though I didn’t say ‘a ...
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Definite article “the” after “take to”

I was wondering when using the phrasal verb "take to," whether or not it is accompanied by a definite article "the." As in "take to the streets," which I believe "...
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“I remember locking the door” vs “I remember the locking of the door”

I remember locking the door vs I remember the locking of the door I remember the door being locked that night What is the difference among these three meaningwise, and how to make gerund phrases ...
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The most popular means of transport is the car/a car - which article?

Which article is correct in this sentence? The most popular means of transport is the car/a car As far as I understand, when we mean the invention itself in general, we use 'the', but 'a' implies ...
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school or the school?

Is the definite article necessary in both the following sentences? a. I forgot to bring the book to the school today. b. His home is only two blocks away from the school.