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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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“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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“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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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“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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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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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 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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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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“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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“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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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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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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“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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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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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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which one is correct “The Home Ministry” or “Home Ministry”?

I need some suggestion about the article in both these statement which one is grammatically correct? "The Home Ministry" or "Home Ministry"? I was in college when my teacher teach me about articles. ...
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The use of “a”, “the” and “zero article” before the brands of cars

Let's say I prefer the cars made by a certain company. Which article do I use in the following context? I prefer a Volvo. I prefer the Volvo. I prefer Volvo.
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Article after AT - THE vs A/AN

What are the rules on the use of articles after the proposition of AT? I'm asking because I can't conclude why in the case of age, THE is used and in the case of speed or altitude, A/AN is used: ...
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Usage of the and its omission

Are these sentences without the grammatical? Should I omit it or retain it? I love the people who love me. The People who love animals are very kind hearted.
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Do I have to put the article 'the' in this sentence?

When the priest stepped into the church, all (the) worshipers attending rose from their seats. Do I have to put the article 'the' in this sentence? I know the general rule about the difference ...
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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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The Intention of X / An intention of X

She'd want him to be involved in their relationship with the intention of marrying, not just playing around. We couldn't say, ''an intention of marrying'', which means we don't limit the number of ...
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The Poor Farmer or A Poor Farmer? What fits best?

[The] well salaried workaholic who is never home to strengthen the relationship with his wife and kids is likely to be less happier than [the] poor farmer in Thailand who spends half his day tending ...
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When to use the definite article

A friend has a lot of trouble with when to use 'the'. E.g. he will say: 'I'm going to gym', or 'I'm going to city'. Both of these examples need the definite article. However, it is fine to say 'I'm ...
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The vs Zero Article - 'the' rights and '-' well-being

I was reading an article and saw the following sentence: Its main aim is to safeguard the rights and well-being of the refugees. I do not understand why they haven't used the rights and the well-...
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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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Orbit vs the orbit

What is the difference between get it into orbit and get it into the orbit
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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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meet a/the target of . . .?

Should the definite or indefinite article be used in the following? The target in question is mentioned for the first time in the passage, yet it seems to be quite specific. Currently, the Ministry ...