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usage of definite article

1) I found this book the most interesting. My grammar book says this is wrong and the "the" must be removed and it should be: 2) I found this book most interesting. Doesn't the first sentence ...
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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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Usage of the definite article “the” and its omission

Is it mandatory to use the in the following sentence? If I omit the from the sentence, will that be correct and what difference in meaning will it create? Here's the example: As a teacher, I feel ...
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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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Definite article The usage

Why definite article “the” is used before 1)Historical monuments (example: The TajMahal). 2)Books and newspapers (example: The Harrypotter and The Indian Express) and 3)Plannets (The earth) ,...
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“cure for the COVID-19” vs. “cure for COVID-19”

According to post Difference between "infected with" and "infected by", "COVID-19" might be the name of that disease. Therefore, there should be a "the" before it when one mentions ...
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Because of COVID-19 vs Because of the COVID-19 (Which one is correct?) [duplicate]

I have seen on the internet these two expressions "because of COVID-19" and "because of the COVID-19." I wonder which one is correct? Does the definite article have to be used in that expression? ...
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What is the difference between 'it's no time', 'it's not time' and 'it's not the time'?

Examples. It's no time to stop believing. It's no time to be unsure. It's not time to make a change, just relax, take it easy. I don't think it's the time to start talking about the future, it's not ...
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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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Usage of articles for animals

While I was reading my grammar book I found below sentences with explanations: 1) A Cow is a useful Animal. 2)The Dog is a faithful animal. I don’t know why “A cow” is used and why “The dog” ...
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Definite Articles for Something Related

Definite articles are used for something already mentioned. Did you see Frozen 2? I liked the movie. Is a definite article necessary in the following case? I form five groups. The leaders of ...
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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 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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How much “the” is too much?

I've always wondered what is the right use of "the" between nouns. From what I'd learned years ago, you have to use "a" or "the" before each noun. But sometimes it looks too much, and it clutters the ...
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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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Is a definite article necessary in “I’ll definitely get the first place.”?

Consider the following passage from a webnovel: He felt a gush of gratitude in his heart. He did not say anything, but deep down inside he decided, This time I must not let them down, I’ll ...
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Is the first definite article mandatory in “the noun preposition the noun”?

Consider the following passage from a webnovel: His feet touched the waters of the river. He walked with the same emotionless face. Even with superficial lights, he clearly saw the gloom on the ...
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Omission of articles in phrases

No article is used before a noun used in phrases as: to leave home, to send word, to caught fire, etc etc. Examples: He sent me word to see him. He left home. Here is my question: why not these ...
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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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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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be beyond (the) winning?

I saw a quote by Lao Tzu that inserted "the" in the following. Is it correct? Note that most versions do not contain "the." By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it ...
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The article choice in the instruction / programming code commentary

I'm writing the commentary to a programming code / instruction which should give the reader an idea of what is happening at the corresponding step and can't understand if it's an abstract or concrete ...
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With, or without “the”?

She's sitting in seat number eight. She's living in room number two. / in flat two. Are the sentences incorrect with "the" (the seat / the room)? Why does one say them without "the"?
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Could you tell me why I need “the” here?

I think that the/no article means of transport will become even more accessible in the future, which will tempt more people to travel. The grammar rules I know suggest NOT to put "the" here because ...
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“Analysis” or “The analysis”

I've come across many scientific articles which bear titles beginning with: "Analysis of ...". For example: Analysis of the accuracy and implications of simple methods for predicting the secondary ...
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Cases of using an article before the gerund

I found an example of using "the" before the gerund: During the crossing the passengers felt the ship toss But according to the grammar, no article is used before the gerund. Or in this case the ...
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patients with diabetes OR the patients with diabetes

To my knowledge, if we indicate diabetic patients as a whole, 'patients with diabetes' is grammatically correct rather than 'THE patients with diabetes'. I don't understand why because we have to put ...
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Definite article omission: “The ones with *the* black hair” vs “The ones with black hair”

I wonder which phrase is grammatically correct. the ones with the black hair the ones with black hair For me both sound right. But when I searched Google Books I found the second one to be ...
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English Articles: Perilla oil is an/the edible vegetable oil derived from perilla seeds

This is a sentence from Wikipedia. Perilla oil is an edible vegetable oil derived from perilla seeds. I don't understand why it is an edible vegetable oil. We can only have one oil from perilla, i....
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Why do you say, “see A doctor”, but “ go to The doctor”?

I've been wondering for a long time why textbooks say, "see a doctor", but "go to the doctor". What's the difference between "a doctor" and "the doctor". When I go to my usual doctor, should I say,...
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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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Orbit vs the orbit

What is the difference between get it into orbit and get it into the orbit
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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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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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Use of “To” after “where” and “which”, and use of article “the”

Which sentences below are correct? Please explain why it is correct and why it is wrong. These are the places where I want to travel. These are the places where I want to travel to. These are the ...
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use of the definite article ' the'

When we talk about a noun in general it is not preceded by the definite article ' the' . As- Indian food is very delicious. But in another sentence it is - the food of India is very delicious. Why has ...
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‘The great storm in/of 1987’

My father lost his life during the great storm of 1987. I’m not familiar with the structure ‘the ... of (time)’. I would say a great storm in 1987. Does the great storm of 1987 refer to a particular ...
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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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“We're stuck between floors two and three”. Is the definite article implied?

When you name the floor you're on, you say "I'm on the [an ordinal number] floor.", which totally makes sense! So why do people, for example, say "We're stuck between floors two and three"? Do they ...
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Why does the English language need the definite article to refer unique items?

Isn't that obvious what we are talking about in the following sentences? If it is obvious, why we need an extra word in there? The world is beautiful. World is beautiful. The pope said these words. ...
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At some point “in future” or “in the future”

Using the is when we refer to something known to the reader or something specific. It is not clear to me how to deal with a word like future. Here is an example: They may get access to the book at ...
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How to correctly name photographs? (confusion with articles)

What to do in these examples?: "Pines in (the/zero article) fog"? https://images.fineartamerica.com/images/artworkimages/mediumlarge/1/foggy-pines-paula-apro.jpg "(An/0) eagle (in the/at) dusk"? ...
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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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“The first to know” Vs. “First to know”

What difference in meaning or otherwise does the inclusion or omission of the definite article make in this sentence? When that day comes, you will be (the) first to know. I would like to add ...
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to provide the means to

Is the phrase "to provide the means to" idiomatic in English? I often see the phrase in cases where, I think, "the means" are/is not definite. For example: 1) 'Lamp holder' or 'socket' means a ...
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Is there anything wrong in the sentence?

In 2018, Japanese national soccer team called Samurai Blue took part in the World Cup held in Russia and won to the round of 16. Is there anything wrong in the sentence? Should there be the definite ...
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“Until afternoon” or “until the afternoon”?

Tell me please if I need to use the before afternoon in the following sentence. On Fridays I work until (the) afternoon. I am aware that generally the is used with afternoon, but what about my ...
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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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“to put smth to the test” vs. “to put smth to a test”

What is the difference in the meaning between the two phrases: "to put smth to the test" and "to put smth to a test"?
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“An actual answer to the question” or “the actual answer to the question”?

Tell me please which article I have to use in the following context: the indefinite or definite article. Why didn't you go to school yesterday? I want to know an/the actual answer. I have heard ...

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