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What is the grammatically right way to use 'the' in the sentence?

I suspect we have to use the definite article in the following sentence: I've learned that the meaning of "to abuse" is to use something for bad purpose. The sentence is constructed by me which ...
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When to use 'the' in front of a country? [duplicate]

Citizens of the Lithuania, sounds wrong. Citizens of the Russia too. However, citizens of the Ukraine, sounds right. Also of the United States (of America) as well as of the United Kingdom. What is ...
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Using articles with dynamic nouns

Is definite article needed when we refer to metrics like impressions, visits and purchases (terms used in online marketing) which tend to change with time? For example, let's say I'm preparing an ...
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Should I insert an article in this sentence?

A and B shared a high acoustic parameter, while C shown showed (the) low acoustic parameters. Should I insert "the" in the place of bracket? To be honest, I am confused by the articles of English (...
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the generic use of the?

I know that in the sentence "the computer was invented in 1947", the use of "the" there is generic. Also, I understand that we often use "the" this way as generic for nouns of animal, plant, and ...
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The kimono is a Japanese traditional garment - why do we need the article in front of kimono?

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimono The kimono is a Japanese traditional garment. Why is it the definite article the and not the indefinite article a? What is wrong with saying "a kimono ...
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Can an adjective clause be preceded by an indefinite article noun?

Look at this sentence: I have a theory that any physical defect has its correlative mental and moral defect. Can Such Things Be? by Bierce, Ambrose I usually see "the fact that..." "the theory ...
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Article Confusion Again! Why is there an 'a' instead of a 'the'?

Articles give me a lot of pain! Here is the latest one. From the Yahoo! News page - Have you seen Facebook posts claiming to link to a video message that actor Robin Williams made before his death ...
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Articles in descriptions of figures

I am writing a thesis and I am not sure whether articles should be used in captions of figures. For example, my system has a user interface and a took the image of it and placed in the thesis. I ...
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(The) National Science Foundation

When a research is funded by (the) NSF, which one is more appropriate in Acknowledgments? This study was funded by the National Science Foundation. This study was funded by National Science ...
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Do I need “a/an” or “the” in this sentence?

Suppose that I have submitted a job application. And now I am waiting for the result. Do I say "I am waiting for an answer from the company" or "I am waiting for the answer from the ...
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Which one is most general way to refer to a generic item?

When I want to say, generally speaking, alligators are dangerous, which one is best? a. Alligators are dangerous animals. b. Alligators are an dangerous animal. c. An alligator is an dangerous ...
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Is “of which” always followed by “the”?

I'm looking for a cap of which color is pink. Someone told me that it is an ungrammatical sentence because after "of which" we always use "the". So, I'm looking for a cap of which the color is ...
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(The) construction of the plant started in 1963

Suppose we're writing about a power plant that had the first sod turned on the plot chosen for its construction back in 1960's and has been in actual operation since early 1970's. What would be the ...
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May I omit the definite article here? Or else it'll be 'the The'

The name of the popular daily is The New York Times. I'm talking about its reporter. May I omit the definite article from this sentence? I'm talking about Paul, the The New York Times reporter. ...
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psychologist John Hayes (THE, zero article before false titles)

An example (from The New Yorker) of a phrase with a false title (psychologist John Hayes): After Simon and Chase’s paper, for example, the psychologist John Hayes looked at seventy-six famous ...
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Why no 'the' in “embrace grammatical reform”

This proves difficult with anaphoric reference to quantified variables, where English grammar calls for constructions such as 'If someone is from Chicago he likes big cities.' and ' Anyone who loves ...
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Definite article before “geeky people”

Here’s what one of the characters says in s14e16 of The Simpsons: For astronomers like me this is a bigger problem even than I don't know, say, getting a date which is difficult for the geeky ...
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Use of articles before seasons

Why is it correct to say, "Summer is the golden season," but not necessary to use "the" when saying, "Winter is exercise season"?
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Should “the darkness of water at midnight” have “the” before “water”?

the darkness of water at midnight I think “the water” would be correct. Here's an example: The America of the industrial era was... Here, “the” is used before “America” because it is modified by ...
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Why there is no definite article (Part II)?

This is a spin-off from my previous question. Here I will elaborate more. Coconuts and other fruits formed the basis of the sailors' diet while they were shipwrecked on a desert island. For me it ...
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a question regarding “of” construction

The price of gasoline is rising. Gasoline prices are rising. My understanding of the above two sentences is that they both describe a general situation about gasoline prices, not a specific situation....
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Should I use 'the' before language names?

In following sentences, should I use the: Persian is sweet. (the) Persian language is sweet. (the) Contemporary Persian language is sweet. (the) Contemporary Persian is sweet.
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(The) readers of a magazine?

Q1: Are these two phrases acceptable, if so, is there any, subtle or explicit, difference in meaning or emphasis between them? 1) The readers of a magazine 2) Readers of a magazine In Swan's ...
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(The|A) stor(y|ies) about James and Susie?

This question may seem too basic, but after reading through 3 grammar and usage guides, I still can't find the sufficient information on this distinction. Consider these phrases with their different ...
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If we remove 'the' in “Gone with the Wind”

I was talking to a native speaker some time ago, she was a young adult. And when I mentioned the movie Gone with the Wind, she corrected me, saying that the right title was Gone with Wind. But we know ...
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“it is *the* exception” means one and only exception?

– You can't cast aspersions on someone just because they're wearing a cape. Superman wore a cape! – OK, Superman is the exception. Does the here convey the meaning that it is the ...
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Do I need “the” in “the Russian mathematician Grigori Perelman”?

On July 1, 2010 the media broadcasted that the Russian mathematician Grigori Perelman had finally refused the million dollar prize. Do you need the here? On one hand, it is an exact person. On the ...
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No definite article before 'topics' in “touching on topics” in this sentence?

(Quora) Eric Lander chose lectures that would give the audience a perfectly relevant introduction to Biology, touching on topics in his research in the Human Genome Project. Where is the definite ...
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No 'the' in “from people who claim”

Every day we get submissions from people who claim that they have solved one of the problems. Why it is not the people? These are the exact people who submit their papers.
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What is the difference between “the nature of software” and “nature of software”?

The Nature of Software Nature of Software This would be the title of a blog and I do not know what are the slight differences between the two.
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“The opposite of” vs. “opposite to”

Small is the opposite of big. Small is opposite to big. Is the second statement grammatical? It sounds okay to me, but only if I leave out the the.
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The Netherlands or just Netherlands in parenthetical constructions

In sentences like The project will be monitored by the company's office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. or The project will be monitored by the company's office in Amsterdam (the ...
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Usage of articles

I'm studying English with Murphy's Grammar in use and I'm puzzled with something. I have this exercise where I have to put in the right preposition. But it's not the problem. All objects on these ...
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earth; the earth

"Welcome. You've come to Earth." (The Writer’s Almanac) There seems to be a definite article or not in front of earth in dictionaries. For which meaning, there isn’t one in the example? For what ...
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Which article to use in “I demand [a/the/] video of this birthday”

I want to ask a friend for a video of her daughter's birthday, so what should I put after demand below? I demand the video of this birthday. I demand video of this birthday. I demand a video ...
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The usage of the articles 'a' and 'the' for describing natural things

Putting the proper article before a noun is really complex. To be frank, I'm still learning this! I don't remember the source, but I had read somewhere that even students of English Literature make ...
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“In” versus “at”

I'm confused about when to use in and when to use at. Here's an example of a phrase I use in email communication: Please find the daily report at attachment. Is "at attachment" correct, or ...
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Specific zero article question

"during the working hours" OR "during working hours" "during the working days" OR "during working days" Which is correct? If both are correct, which one is more desirable? My reasoning is that ...
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definite article referring to industries

When talking about an industry, is the definite article needed? Does it need two definite articles if referring two industries? Road transport development benefits the e-business industry. The e-...
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“the” vs. “a/an” + clauses

Here's the situation: I meet a friend and I tell her about yesterday: “Hey, John!” “Hi, Sarah!” “How was yesterday's trip?” “It was great. Karl took me to the countryside to show me his new ...
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“take the day off” vs “take a day off”

In an English grammar book I saw two sentences: Tim isn't working hard today. He's taken the day off. Although it is ridiculous to argue with a grammar book :) in this case I would suggest using ...
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companies that mapped (the, 0) shale reserves

A quote from the Economist ("The Father of Fracking") His company counted on support from various government agencies, including those that mapped the shale reserves (demonstrating that they ...
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Exxon and (∅, the) other oil majors

A quote from The Economist: Yet Exxon and the other oil supermajors are more vulnerable than they look. What if we insert a zero article in THE's position before the "other": Yet Exxon and ...
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Shrubs, weeds and raccoons have reclaimed (the) empty neighbourhoods

From The Economist's article on Detroit's doldrums: Detroit’s population has fallen by 60% since 1950. ... Shrubs, weeds and raccoons have reclaimed empty neighbourhoods. Would it be acceptable ...
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Indefinite interviewers and mostly definite children

An excerpt from The Economist's article on bedtime regime's correlation with IQ scores. Here I've committed two kinds of mismatches, putting THE before the second mention of "interviewers" and ...
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Advertising propelled (the) radio

A quote from The Economist (Higher education: The attack of the MOOCs): “Ads propelled radio and TV, why not education? There is a lot of misplaced snobbery in education about advertising,” says ...
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“Don't let dog out” vs “don't let the dog out”

Don't let dog out. Don't let the dog out. Are those sentences both valid, or is only the latter a valid one? Is the needed for non-proper nouns? Is "Don't let Mike out." valid?
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Does omitting the definite article before a plural noun make the sentence more generic?

Does omitting the article in "The phones ring every six minutes." make the sentence more abstract? For example, if I were to speak about the phones in my workplace, I could say "The phones ring every ...
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Is it 'cold to touch' or 'cold to the touch'?

Do you need the article 'the' in the following sentence. Please explain. The gun felt cold to touch. The gun felt cold to the touch.