Questions tagged [definite-article]

For questions about "The", the only definite article used in English.

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“Last thing I'd do is” or “last thing I do would be”?

If you want to say, for example, "If I were you, last thing I'd do is laugh" what is the correct usage of "would" here? I've seen the above example but that doesn't sound quite right to me. Wouldn't ...
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I am going to the countryside

I am going to the countryside. Is there any occasion where countryside would be used without "the", so it would go like: I am going to countryside, or something else?
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“I don't have the time to cook” or “I don't have time to cook”?

Should I say: I do not have the time. Or I do not have time. Which option is the correct one? If both are correct, is there any difference in meaning or other difference between them?
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Is it right not to put a “the” before some superlative adjectives such as “first”?

I find this example quite interesting without using a "the" before the word "first": 7:05 p.m. First question is directed to Christie, who's asked what concrete steps he would take to get Americans ...
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When to add “the/a” after “to/at/of”?

From the novel The Old Man and the Sea He looked back at the coils of line and they were feeding smoothly. Just then the fish jumped making a great bursting of the ocean and then a heavy fall. Then ...
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The difference between the superlative with “the” and without “the” [duplicate]

My house is the tallest in my town. My house is tallest in my town. Are these two sentences the same or different in meaning?
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The parts of the skeleton system or the parts of skeleton system? [closed]

When I'm talking generally about the skeleton, not about a specific skeleton, do I need to add the article "the" in following context? This is a title in presentation which I'm writing about the ...
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What is this “the?”

This novel is of the poorest. His clothes verge on the shabby. What is this "the"? It doesn't look the same as "the supernatural" meaing "supernatural phenomena..." etc
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When can 'the' be used before a name?

"And, Dick, all kinds of queer folk live in the trunk of the Faraway Tree," said Jo." The is not capital here, which means it is not the part of the name? Why is the used here?
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Should I need to put an article before proper noun- in the following case?

Normally I know that it's incorrect to put an article before proper nouns but in this case I doubt whether I need to put an article before the proper noun. The context is: "The main difference is ...
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Definite article in “He played a role in founding (the) Moscow State University, considered today the country’s top institution of higher education”

A part of my essay was edited by a native speaker, with the definite article before "Moscow State University" deleted: Mikhail Lomonosov (1711–1765) is famous for his spectacular rise from a simple ...
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Why do some foreign english speakers preface people's names with the definite article “the?”

I work with people from various nationalities and I've noticed over the years that they use The when referencing someone by name, for example Today I was talking to THE Bob about lunch. Has anyone ...
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What is this “the”?

Chief among these motives was the overwhelming idea of the great whale himself. Such a portentous and mysterious monster roused all my curiosity. Then the wild and distant seas where he rolled his ...
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Use of “the” in “the chess of which he was so fond”

Those were his last games of the chess of which he was so fond. source I think it should be, "Those were his last games of chess. He was fond of it." What I find so strange is this "the" because ...
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the more the merrier - definite article used as an Adverb?

The grammar book says: 1) "The" is used as an adverb in such sentences; as, The more the merrier. The fewer the better. I tried google bt it is not helping me. so I came here.
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The summer training or (just) summer training

Should we use the summer training or just summer training in the paragraph. As per me training is a noun and before singular noun we have to use an article and I am using the because I am talking ...
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Why it is 'an' SEO but the abbrevation is 'a' Search Engine Optimizer?

The article for SEO is 'an' ie. 'an SEO' but Search Engine Optimizer ( Abbreviation of SEO ) is called as 'a Search Engine Optimizer'. Why do these variations?
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Single instances of plural practice

While studying math, I found strange part; Credit card companies use negative balances to represent when the credit card company owes the customer money, and positive balances to represent the ...
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… dates them immediately after >the< Sanabares >of the silver coins<

There are two explanations for the copper archer-type coins. A. Simonetta sees in them a Sanabares II, and dates them immediately after the Sanabares (I) of the silver coins. (Source) To which ...
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Using THE before some countries

I have been taught that it's grammatically proper to use the before countries like "Sudan and Yemen" but I was never given a reason (if there exists any, of course) when I asked why, except for "it is ...
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Should I use 'the' before 'same'? [duplicate]

Please explain to me. I am so confused with these two words. What I should use, 'same' or 'the same' in the following sentence? The amount of time to melt was same The amount of time to melt was the ...
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Should I use “the” with quadrotor?

I've seen some people use "the" with "quadrotor" whereas other group of people drop the usage of "the". My question is that when should we use "the" with quadrotor? For example, should we add "the" in ...
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Can I put “the” in front of “news” here?

U.S. President Barack Obama looked weary when he responded Thursday to news of yet another mass shooting when he said: "Somehow, this has become routine." Oregon college shooting won't likely ...
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Do I need the “the” in the following sentence: “Whenever I got depressed, (**the**) sounds seemed amplified”

Whenever I got depressed, (the) sounds amplified themselves ten or twenty times. Why or why not?
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at time when /at the time when [closed]

As Swan said in The Current's debate, Pope Francis has no power to change economic policy, but he does have the power to make us reflect on our values at time when those values may need ...
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When can I factor (omit) “the” or a pronoun which repeats

I have this sentence The user can select or define distinguishing features of the anchor based on its attributes (e.g. id, class), [its ?] text or a pattern in the text. I feel that I don't need ...
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“the wife” instead of “my wife”, are there any other contexts where a possessive pronoun gets replaced by a definite article?

In English, one occasionally sees a replacement of my wife by the wife, such as in this sentence: there was a sudden thud and I joked to the wife that someone had run into us Does this ...
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Using “the” before names and labels in quotations

I wrote: Fig. 1 shows the user interface for creating a contextual rule. The rule shown is intended to eliminate [the?] reference section from the Wikipedia articles. Do I need the before Wikipedia? ...
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Using “the” in this sentence

The resulting rules can be organized hierarchically to share the common rules among the wrappers for the similar websites. I still don't know if "the"s (bold ones) are applicable or not. I feel when ...
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Why “THE classroom” in this paragraph? It doesn't seem to refer to a particular classroom

The importance of global media appears to increase year after year, so much so there have been calls to introduce news channels into the classroom. The words above start a sample essay said to be ...
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Is it acceptable to use a singular countable noun without a determiner?

I have learned for the countable nouns I should use either a determiner or quantifier or use them plural, then I guess the following phrases are incorrect: DOM tree --> the DOM tree in depth-first ...
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“I left” or “I left the”?

If I stop frequenting a place (like a Gym), should I say "I left..." or "I left the..."? In my mind, sounds to me like I should use "I left the gym", of if I use the name of the gym "I left HeroesGym"...
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between thumb, forefinger and middle finger — why no articles?

Source: Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software by Charles Petzold Example: Despite the fancy appearance, this was just a switch designed for maximum speed. The most ...
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Do I need “the” in this sentence

We use text features such as textual delimiters, keywords, constants or text patterns, which we call anchors, to identify data regions on a web page. Using these anchors, we create patterns for [the] ...
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Using “the” for “the web designers”

I wrote: The underlying assumption is that the web designers utilize visual cues such as horizontal or vertical lines, colored panels, boxes, special fonts or background images, to discriminate ...
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The meaning of “the average user”

I saw this sentence in an article For the average web user, web content extraction is better served by direct and visual wrapper construction rather than unsupervised wrapper induction. As I ...
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Save water in Thailand

Because of the recent drought in Thailand, a tv station has launched a campaign to persuade people to use water wisely. The title of this well-meaning effort is "Save The Water". My question is about ...
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Definite article in front of plural or uncountable nouns

Please help! I'm totally confused whether to use or omit the definite article in front of plural or uncountable nouns. I'm writing a scientific article. Here is an excerpt (N.B. ROS = reactive oxygen ...
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Using “the” before “most”

Consider these two sentences: 1) It is powerful enough to cover most scenarios of content extraction. 2) It is powerful enough to cover the most scenarios. (or better the most possible ...
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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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Does this word need “the”?

I wrote this sentence In some cases,such as surfing the articles of an encyclopedia or when archiving a news article for offline reading, it is convenient to get rid of such irrelevant fragments ...
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“the” before of-phrases [duplicate]

I feel most the time there is a "the" before of-phrases Consider the following sentence I wrote: As an example of the role of the context in the classification of a node, suppose we want to remove ...
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Can adjectives make a noun definite?

If we use an adjective for a countable object so it makes it specific, then can we use "the" before it? For example to me "the green color" or "green", means "the color that is green among the known ...
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Using definite article before abbreviations

Consider this part of a technical article. Approaches to boilerplate detection typically exploit DOM- level features of segments by means of handcrafted rules or trained classifiers, or they ...
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Definite article for things that are mine

Can I use the definite article for things which are somehow mine, which I can use my before them and they are unique to me (like my mother, father, wife, husband)? For example to say When I was 16 ...
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Definite article in phrases

1) In the first few weeks, when I was new to the project, I made a lot of mistakes. 2) In the first few weeks, when I was new to computer (or computers?), I made a lot of mistakes. Is the second ...
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Relative clauses with and without “the”

It's a shame but I hadn't noticed we can use relative clauses without "the" until saw the comments of my answer to this question It suggests there is difference between: The boys who are 16 years ...
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Determining when to use plural or singular

The following sentences come from an online English tutorial, so I'm posting them with the assumption that they are grammatically correct. People have different views about whether parents or ...
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Definite article in conjunctions

I have the following sentence: The next section provides the background and motivation for our work, which is described in Section 3. First I don't know if "the" before "background" is required. ...
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The rule of definite article “the”

I asked several questions about the definite article "the". Especially using "the" before user and mouse when describing an application was interesting to me. I concluded it to myself that when I ...