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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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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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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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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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“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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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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'We are starting class now' or 'We are the starting class now'?

I saw the sentence: 'We are starting class now' in a book of English grammar exercises. But, I don't understand why the sentence have no article (the), like: 'We are starting the class now'.
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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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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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“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 ...
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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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Definite article for not specific things

This is an extract from an exercise on indefinite articles from an English text-book: ... Gary works in a restaurant. He brings the food to the tables. He is a waiter. But my question ...
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In writings, do we omit 'the' in the list of nouns that are consisted of AND or OR?

Assume that it is correct to put 'the' in the following context. Do we put 'the' only at the first noun in the list of nouns that are consisted of AND or OR? Note. The question is targeted on ...
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Why is “The” at times used before “News” and at times not when referring to an identical concept?

I have heard with my own ears several times, "Now news!" and "Let's now listen to the news" on the radio when announcing the news broadcast. Why is it so?
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Definite article alongside “use”

I've got these two examples: However, use of these drugs is discouraged by pregnant women or women trying to conceive and should be thoroughly discussed with your health care provider and ...
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What are the correct articles and prepositions when you write about the news of your family?

Context: I did not know that my friend has become engaged, and I am telling him in a letter how I knew about his engagement. I visited your old man yesterday, and he was talking about politics as ...
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Do I need to use definite article and commas in a defining relative clause?

Do I need to use 'the' instead of 'a' here? Are the punctuation marks correct? She gave him a reason. A reason, that was sufficient to burst a passion inside him so that he could reveal all his ...
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definite article: “rebut charges that…” or “rebut the charges that…”?

Are both questions grammatical? Are there any differences in meaning? 1) She has rebutted charges that she has been involved in any financial malpractice. 2) She has rebutted the charges that she ...
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infinitive or gerund: two most important keys to succeed

In the following sentence, should "two" be preceded by "the"? And is "succeed" correct? Diligence and intelligence are two most important keys to succeed.
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Can we use 'the' before comparatives?

He is the better of either of the boys.Is this corrret? If not what will be correct form.
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Is “the” required in this sentence?

There is no serious work on this subject. The existing literature lacks the proper focus. Is "the" required before "proper focus"? Why?
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“Toutmai started the second officer's job at..” vs “Toutmai started a second officer's job at”

In 2011, she joined the XYZ Institute as a navigation officer. After over two years in the institute, in November 2013, Toutmai started the second officer's job at Siren for Fleet Ship Management. ...
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“On Horse Market” vs. “On the Horse Market” as the title for a post

"On Horse Market" or "On the Horse Market" I suspect the latter is correct, but I do not know why? I did some research. I know that market is countable. Is that a rule that I always have to put an ...
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Using 'a,' 'an,' or 'the' with 'price' and 'discount'

I am confused when to use the correct articles. For example, in an email: Dear Journal of Business News, I have received the information about subscribing to your journal. I have a few ...
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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 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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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 ...