Questions tagged [definite-article]

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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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Is there anything wrong in the sentence?

In 2018, Japanese national soccer team called Samurai Blue took part in the World Cup held in Russia and won to the round of 16. Is there anything wrong in the sentence? Should there be the definite ...
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“Until afternoon” or “until the afternoon”?

Tell me please if I need to use the before afternoon in the following sentence. On Fridays I work until (the) afternoon. I am aware that generally the is used with afternoon, but what about my ...
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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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“to put smth to the test” vs. “to put smth to a test”

What is the difference in the meaning between the two phrases: "to put smth to the test" and "to put smth to a test"?
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Using “the” with this mode of transportation

If I want to refer to the Mass Rapid Transit as a means of transportation that I used to get to a zoo in the city, do I need to use the article "the" then? In short, should it be: 1) I took MRT to ...
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“Go to the restaurant” or “go to restaurants” in context

Let's say I want to know if someone eats at retaurants in general, do I have to say the restaurant or restaurants. For example: Do you go to restaurants? Do you go to the restaurant? By 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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“An actual answer to the question” or “the actual answer to the question”?

Tell me please which article I have to use in the following context: the indefinite or definite article. Why didn't you go to school yesterday? I want to know an/the actual answer. I have heard ...
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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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“copper in liquid state” or “copper in the liquid state”?

Which is correct or more correct? Why? Copper in liquid state Copper in the liquid state
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A human, the human, article problem

I'm trying to say that all humans on planet earth are social creatures, without using plural form. A human is a social creature. The human is a social creature. Human is a social ...
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The use of “next month” or “the next month” in context

Let's say it is January and I forgot what month is after it. Which one of the following sentences is correct? What is next month? What is the next month?
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Do I have to put “the” before both

These files were used to complete the dose distribution calculation using both the DPM and Penelope codes.
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Which article do I use with “class” and “the name of a certain subject” when talking about a certain class in general?

Tell me please which article I have to use before class and the name of a certain subject in general, not about one specific class? For example: I like going to English class. I like going to ...
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“The young Einstein” - Do we always need “the” here?

When proper nouns describe a period in life, they frequently take the definite article: "...what the young Einstein brought to the scientific facts was..." "The Napoleon after Waterloo was ...
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The use of the definite article before nouns when talking about things in general

Tell me please if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences. In America the food is delicius and caloric. In America food is delicious and caloric. In the first ...
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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 I use “air” or “the air” when talking about waves in the context of physics?

This post by @choster gives a nice explanation about using 'in the air' rather than 'in air'. Unfortunately, when I google: how does sound wave travel through air, I found that lots of guys are using ...
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“I like swimming breaststroke” or “I like swimming the breaststroke”?

Tell me please if I need to use the before the types of swimming techniques when they are used as adverbs? For example: I like swimming (the) breaststroke. I prefer to swim (the) front crawl ...
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Diplomacy: The patriotic art of lying for one's country

This is a quote from Ambrose Bierce: Diplomacy: The patriotic art of lying for one's country. I was wondering is it okay to replace one's with the or a. All three are determiners. Does the ...
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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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Use of article “the”

Do we have to use the article "the" in the following example: Coordinator in (the) Director's Office, Department of Legal Affairs?
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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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The use of the definite article with the word “answer” in context

Let's say I am teaching math and I tell my students that if they don't know answers to my questions, they can ask me. I am not talking about specific questions and answers about math, but rather ...
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The use of the definite article before the name of a language in context

Tell me please if it is necessary to use the before English in the following sentence. (The) English spoken in Australia is slightly different than (the) English spoken in America in terms of ...
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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 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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Real me VS The real me

Real me is handsome. VS The real me is handsome. Are both correct? And are they different in meaning? If "The real me is handsome." is correct, why should put "the" into the sentence?
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Usage of 'the' in sentences

Is the needed in the following sentences? What does the sentences with and without the mean? (The) people who stand by you in your tough times are the best friends of yours. This notice is for (the) ...
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A problem with the rule about articles in English

Some time ago a native English speaker said to me that That is the tool which I use to edit video Means the person uses only this tool and That is a tool which I use to edit video Means the ...
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A/The laptop which I bought in the UK is faulty

Are the statements below wrong? Thanks! The laptop which I bought in the UK is faulty. analysis: You know I bought only one laptop visiting the UK and it's faulty. A laptop which I ...
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results in the onslaught of THE (?) data created

In this sentence It results in the onslaught of the data created by devices. should I remove "the" before data? or since I'm talking about a kind of data that is created by devices, I should keep ...
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“A/the degree of [a] doctor” vs. “a doctor's degree”

After four years in America, he got __________. A. a degree of doctor B. a doctor's degree C. the degree of a doctor D. a doctor degree The correct answer is B but I want to know why not C or A? ...
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Research Investigating the Cause / The Research Investigating the Cause

Could someone explain why is there no definite article before the word research? As you may have guessed, research investigating the cause of the discrepancy in sales has shown that people want to ...
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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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What article would be correct here? A belief that / The belief that

Can I change the definite article in the following sentence and remain grammatical? Once you adopt the belief that there's nothing you can do to change something, you start to take a pernicious ...
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“Money” or “the Money”

I wrote: The money isn't the root of selfishness. It can (instead) be the facilitator for good deeds. Someone corrected it to "money". However as I googled I found a song including "it's not all ...
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Sensations that people wanted. Why is it indefinite?

Could someone explain the reason why the definite article is omitted in the first example? The task was clear: pump a healthy dose of emotional appeal into the shriveled-up fruit. Link up ...
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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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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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The school/School is where I'm at

Let's say an elementary school student is at their school, and says: a. I'm at school. Here, I don't think you need any article: b. ?I'm at the school. c. ?I'm at a school. Now, can ...
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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 first time” or “the first time”

I am not sure what difference there is between This is the first time I've lost my passport. This is a first time I've lost my passport. Would appreciate your explanation.
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Using definitive article with “number of”

Should I use an article with limited number of This shop is visited by a limited number of customers. Or, This shop is visited by limited number of customers.
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What is the difference between “work on computer” and “work on the computer”?

I have heard people say both work on computer and work on the computer. For example: I work from home because I work on computer. I work from work because I work on the computer. Is there any ...
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do we use definite article before color or not?

Do we use definite article before colors? This command gives me all the clickable content in the red color.
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Should ''feelings of love…'' be specific here?

Why do you want a great family life? Is it because you think it will give you (-) feelings of love, intimacy, connection, or warmth? Do you want to save the world because of the feelings of ...
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The eggs you bought are out of date / Eggs you bought are out of date

1) The eggs you bought are out of date. 2) Eggs that you bought are out of date. Can we tell that the second example implies that some eggs are still good to eat? And the first means all the eggs ...
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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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