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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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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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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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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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“a driver at the last position” or “the driver at the last position”

Here are two sentences. I am confused about the articles a/the. Can you please explain to me which one is correct, and why? The sentence is: 1: During a road race a driver at the last position made ...
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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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“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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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 ...
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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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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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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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said as an adjective with or without the definite article

The Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary gives the following examples of "said": http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/said The following is a description of how said property [=the property ...
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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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“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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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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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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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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“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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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What is the difference between 'it's no time', 'it's not time' and 'it's not the time'?

Examples. It's no time to stop believing. It's no time to be unsure. It's not time to make a change, just relax, take it easy. I don't think it's the time to start talking about the future, it's not ...
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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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Why no definite article in 'both [the] definition and [the] treatment changed radically over those years'?

In Roger Broad's Conscription in Britain, 1939-1964: The Militarisation of a Generation (Taylor & Francis, 2006) is found this sentence: In 1914–18, 30 per cent of all Britain's soliders were ...
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Definite and indefinite Articles when to write the right one

I know the rule of definite and indefinite articles ( A, An ), but I see lots of people who speak English as their native mother language and they write a sentences like this : "I like a apple." ...
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“The something who/that/which” or “something who/that/which”?

Which one is correct: The person who won the match was amazing/Jami Person who won the match was amazing/Jami Do I need to use the before person?
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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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Should I say “% of people died” or “the % of people die” in this context?

I have a table like this: | id | DR | | 1 | 0.055% | | 2 | 0.042% | And I want to add a line of the words, saying: DR, the % of people died Or, should I say DR, ...
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Can we always condense the “based on/upon + noun or ing form” to “on/upon + noun or ing form”? What about the article in “on hearing that”?

I was reading the definition of the adjective naturally, I found this sentence: "On hearing that he would be stepping down, we naturally expected a valedictory address." I thought to myself that ...
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Does “noun + that/which” always need definite article?

My view does not apply to the relationships that are insincere. That theory does not consider the relationships in which people are insincere. Is "the" necessary in the above sentences?
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“In custody of the” vs. “in the custody of the”

The castle is now in the custody of the state. What would change if I omit the article “the” from the sentence? to be like: The castle is now in custody of the state.
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After the year or after a year

After a year I'm writing you again. Is this statement correct? Could I use the definite article before the year or the meaning would be different then?
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Why is the definite article “the” used in this sentence?

Explain how the addition and removal of energy can cause a phase change. Is it still correct or does it still mean the same if the definite article "the" is removed and zero article is used instead ...
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Use of “the” in the given sentence

Should "the" be written before the word "invoice" in the following sentence? "I have attached the translation and invoice."
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When do we use definite article with morning and evening

When do we use definite article with morning and evening? and when shouldn't we use them? It was morning, but I want to sleep a little more. I often sit on this chair in the morning to read ...
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Articles for the words “camp” & “pub”

1) I've just read this article http://masteringarticles.com/object-activity-nouns/ and it says that "pub" is not a common activity noun, so when we say I want to go to the pub the word should be ...
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Using the definite article

We usually use the for nouns (or words that act as nouns) that are specific/known. For example: The boy. The movie (we watched). Here the refers to the nouns boy & movie respectively. But what ...
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Can I use 'contributed' with 'were', and do I need 'the' before 'Islamic Era'?

Which sentence is grammatically correct? There were many factors contributed to the decline of Islamic Era. There were many factors contributing to the decline of the Islamic Era. Can I ...
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Is this noun definite

I wrote: Automatic grammar development can be done by extracting the grammar from a Treebank which has an implicit representation of the target grammar "grammar" just mentioned in "automatic ...
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Definite article or not in “after (the) deformation”?

Is the word the, that sometimes is put after the word after, optional? For example, what sentence is more appropriate? (A) or (B)? (A) After deformation, a point in the plane takes other position. ...