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What's the difference between the two sentences below?

Is it okay to use "the" before "English bookstores" in the following sentence? If yes, how is it different from a sentence without "the"? You can buy it from the English ...
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Do you use a definite article or zero article followed by a prepositional phrase

In the following two (similar) sentences the definite article is used in one, but not the other. 1 Capital letters are used for the names of people,places and languages. 2.Capital letters are used for ...
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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 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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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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“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 of ...
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Usage of 'the' and no article

Should I use the in the following sentences or not? Every colony of ants has worker ants. The worker ants/ worker ants protect their colony and the queen ant. Colonies of ants have worker ants. The ...
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When do you use articles in front of collective nouns?

Which of the below is correct? You are a member of staff at the taxi office. You are a member of the staff at the taxi office.
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“safety concerns related to switching of the drug product to OTC status” - do I need “the” before “OTC”?

safety concerns related to switching of the drug product to the Over-the-Counter status. Do I need the before "Over-the-Counter", or is it the same as with the word form, which is used without the ...
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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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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 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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“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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Generic “the” used in other places in a sentence, maybe not as a subject?

I know "the" can be used to refer to a thing in general, which works like a noun in its plural form. For examples, (1) The lion is big and hunts other animals for food. (2) The organization ...
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“A last couple of week” vs. “the last couple of weeks”

What is the difference in meaning between a last couple of weeks and the last couple of weeks? I thought that the former was totally wrong, but in the second episode of the fourth season of Breaking ...
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“How was class?” vs. “How was the class?”

I've noticed that English native speakers sometimes omit the definite article before the word class when they ask how it was, even though it's clear what class they are talking about. So, let's say a ...
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scarcely any or scarcely the?

In the following sentence from Frankenstein, the definite article "the" cannot be replaced by "any." Could anyone provide a logical explanation, please? Last Monday (July 31st), ...
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Which abstract nouns do we use indefinite articles with?

Which abstract nouns do we use indefinite articles with? I always can't decide whether I have to add an article before non-specific abstract noun or not. Please, give me some instructions.
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A strange lesson from a bilingual American. About article “the”

I just have happened to have found this video. He is teaching English in Japanese TV and is saying he is frustrated about every time he speaks the as in "thə" (which should grammatically be ...
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We live on earth. The earth moves round the sun

We say that we live on earth but we say the earth moves round the sun. When earth is a planet and we use the definite article the before the names of planets, why can't we say we live on the earth and ...
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Why we shouldn't use article the before importance in sentence below

The lack of importance of something or The lack of the importance of something
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Rain and sun VS the rain and the sun

there! Which one is correct: I prefer rain to sun. Or I prefer the rain to the sun. According to dictionary examples, both are correct.
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Should I use (The) here?

1)What are other ways of saying hello? 2)What are the other ways of saying hello? I was just wondering which of these two sentences is correct. To me somehow both of these sentences seem to be ...
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Is the phrase “the new staff at Tech company” correct?

An IELTS helper post says I'm currently the new staff at Tech company with a specialty in IT Is that correct? Does it need a article in between "at Tech company"? I'm currently the new staff ...
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please, explain “the” in “the school assemblies”

Please, explain to me the usage of "the" in the bold in the text: The other kids could mutter all they want and make fun of him, but Chad knew they wished their dads were as daring as his. The ...
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“Develop a feel for something” or “develop the feel for something”?

Could you tell if I have use a or the before feel in the following sentences? If you don't use the word correctly, don't be frustred as you will develop a/the feel for when to use it. I feel that ...
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Is the use of “the” optional before the word “managment” is the sense of people who hold managerial positions or the managment department?

Is the use of the optional before the word managment is the sense of people who hold managerial positions or the managment department? For example: I have been working in (the) management for a ...
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Democratic values. Does it require the definite article?

I've read in Practical English Grammar that you don't usually put the definite article in front of so-called "half-general expressions". Is "Democratic values" in that category? Or does it require the ...
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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 ...