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Can we use a definite article when someone we are talking to doesn't know of the topic yet?

As for my question about the difference between I like a movie, Pulp Fiction. I like the movie, Pulp Fiction. A commenter answered: I would say the only difference in usage is that you would use ...
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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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Do we say “strip me by eyes” or “strip me by the eyes”?

Do we say: You strip me by eyes or You strip me by the eyes ? The sense I intend to get is something like, a person undressing someone else just by looking at him.
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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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The definite article in sentences with relative clauses

Is it always necessary to have the definite article in sentences with relative clauses: The waitress who served us was awesome. Thank you for your help!
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“it is best” vs. “it is the best”

I have met the following expression: It is best not to do something. The issue is I thought that with the superlative form of an adverb we should use the article "the" ("the most" or "the best", e....
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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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Is there a rule for using of “the” before “of”?

I am not sure if there is a rule for the using of "the" before "of". The second question is about the usage of "the" after "and". I think we can eliminate it after "and" if "the" is used in 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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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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“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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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 temple, zoo, prison

I have learned that article is not used before Temple, Hospital, Jail, or Zoo if one visits it for the purpose it is. I saw one sentence Visitors to the zoo are amused by monkey playing in the ...
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Can I use article 'the' with a plural noun?

according to this article (Use 15), it's against the rule to use an article 'the' before a plural countable noun (e.g. pictures, flowers, horses etc.) sentence: I've just sent you the pictures In ...
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Can “each ” be omitted?

I have three wallets. Each wallet has the same shape, but a different color. The wallet has a zippered pocket on one side. Does "The wallet" in the sentence above I created make sense? I don't like ...
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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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Can I omit “the” in those sentences?

Sometimes I'm not sure whether I should use "the" in a sentence. Descriptive noun + name In math: Option 1: Point A is equidistant from lines l and l'. Option 2: The point A is equidistant from ...
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When should I use the definite article before a plural noun + relative clause?

Here are examples from my posts on Lang-8: E1. Its style was older -- for example, "today" was written there as "to-day" -- but it had no typos, or at least far fewer of them. Out of interest, I ...
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Orbit vs the orbit

What is the difference between get it into orbit and get it into the orbit
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Does 'a window' close the possibility to be one and only one window in the room?

Imagine me staying in a room and I have you on the phone and say to you that it has a window. I know that it has only one window but still choose the indefinite article 'a' because I'm not going to ...
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USA or the USA in a sentence? [duplicate]

Could anyone clear up which is - grammatically - correct, "the USA" or "USA"? There are no doubts about unrolled, i.e. full name, so the Unites States [of America] are definitely to be used with "...
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I like English language

English is a language The English are fine people. I like English language. I know that we say the English language. My question is: I want the red book There may be many red books and ...
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'The' English language or just English language

In the sentence: Nothing drove me harder than my passion for the English language. Is it correct to say 'the English language' instead of 'Englsih language'? What if I said 'passion for ...
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Articles at the beginning of sentences in scientific writing

I'm writing my master thesis in English as a non-native speaker. I start a lot of sentences without an article and one of my lectors (a non-native speaker like myself) found this to be odd and marked ...
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When is the “the” necessary?

I have the following sentence: Successfully ran the "user.js" seed. Is that "the" necessary? When is it necessary and when is it not?
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I took the wrong article and changed the meaning. Is it wrong?

If I say ‘’Those are the pencils which I use to write in English’’ you know that I only use these pencils so the definite article excludes the existence of other things in this category. If I say ‘’...
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My research about definiteness in English. Does it work?

Please do not laugh, it is truly hard. Trying to come up with one strict rule about definiteness in English (I wasn't able to find one) I collected some information and ask to check it out. Does that ...
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Can we use the preposition “on” before “the night”?

I have been learning English for a few months. I have never seen "on" preposition before the night during my English journey till the morning, but when I was reading a novel and the writer of the ...
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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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That clause after a sentence

How it is said the below sentence or is it correct as written? Bring the book to my office that I gave you last month. Is anyone can explain in details?
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Using an article after “which we call”

I am hesitant in using an article after the sentence which we call. Example: We discovered a new attack model which we call "man-in-the-middle" attack Or We discovered a new attack model ...
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“top left” vs. “the top left”

This page says The main diagonal of a matrix consists of those elements that lie on the diagonal that runs from top left to bottom right. Would adding "the", which gets "from the top left to the ...
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How do you see the difference between these two sentences?

Could someone explain the difference between these two? Why does the first one take the definite article and the second one takes the indefinite article? 1) Thousands of years ago, it was only ...
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Why is the definite article used in “I live in the city”?

Where do you live? -- I live in the city. THE is used when talking about something which is already known to the listener or which has been previously mentioned, introduced, or discussed. But, the ...
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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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Should one use “the” for three-dimensional space?

These molecules can rotate in the three-dimensional space. My feeling is that the article should be omitted. I'm not completely sure, though. What grammatical rule should we appeal to?
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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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A and THE, which is correct?

The sentence below A protocol is the language that a computer uses to communicate with other computers on the network. Is the usage of a/the correct? Can I change it to A protocol is a ...
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The ultimate rule of taking the right article

A while ago I read a grammar book where I was said to use a definite article every time a noun is followed by a qualifying clause with OF or another preposition. 1.1 The first person to run the mile ...
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‘tell a story’ or ‘tell the story’ in a single sentence

The single sentence: The novel tells the story of a salesman. Can I say: The novel tells a story of a salesman? I chose a story, but the answer is the story.
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A car vs the car - English Article

Consider the following sentence from Oxford learners' dictionary, under their entry for the: There was an accident here yesterday. A car hit a tree and the driver was killed. In the first sentence,...
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Articles for different types of 'analysis'

All examples, except the last one, are from Longman dictionary A factor analysis identified ten significant factors affecting women’s rights. A structural analysis showed that the roof was ...
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How to refer back to the just mentioned subject?

I wrote: Syntactic parsing is a basic task in natural language processing and the grammar plays a crucial role in this ??. First I would like to know how to fill the gap (??). I thought of "...
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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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Should it be “a moon” or “the moon”

I was reading Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending, when I encountered this line: And I thought of a cresting wave of water, lit by a moon, rushing past and vanishing upstream, pursued by a band ...
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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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By the side of the road vs by a side of the road

Here's a sentence: The Good Samaritan Parable tells a story of how a jew traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho was robbed and beaten by criminals who then left him to die by THE side of the road. ...
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Why do we need 'the' in front of the grammar word? [duplicate]

the indefinite article the gerund the past participle I've always thought that 'the' is placed when you're talking about something specific. But I see people usually say with 'the' even ...
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“share the housework” vs “share my housework”

How should I use the definite article in this particular situation? OK,let's imagine the following conversation: A: Hello B. B: Hello A, what's that you're doing? A: I often share the ...
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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?