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Why is the definite article used in “I live in the city”?

Where do you live? -- I live in the city. THE is used when talking about something which is already known to the listener or which has been previously mentioned, introduced, or discussed. But, the ...
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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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Should one use “the” for three-dimensional space?

These molecules can rotate in the three-dimensional space. My feeling is that the article should be omitted. I'm not completely sure, though. What grammatical rule should we appeal to?
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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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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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The ultimate rule of taking the right article

A while ago I read a grammar book where I was said to use a definite article every time a noun is followed by a qualifying clause with OF or another preposition. 1.1 The first person to run the mile ...
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‘tell a story’ or ‘tell the story’ in a single sentence

The single sentence: The novel tells the story of a salesman. Can I say: The novel tells a story of a salesman? I chose a story, but the answer is the story.
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A car vs the car - English Article

Consider the following sentence from Oxford learners' dictionary, under their entry for the: There was an accident here yesterday. A car hit a tree and the driver was killed. In the first sentence,...
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Articles for different types of 'analysis'

All examples, except the last one, are from Longman dictionary A factor analysis identified ten significant factors affecting women’s rights. A structural analysis showed that the roof was ...
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How to refer back to the just mentioned subject?

I wrote: Syntactic parsing is a basic task in natural language processing and the grammar plays a crucial role in this ??. First I would like to know how to fill the gap (??). I thought of "...
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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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Should it be “a moon” or “the moon”

I was reading Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending, when I encountered this line: And I thought of a cresting wave of water, lit by a moon, rushing past and vanishing upstream, pursued by a band ...
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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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By the side of the road vs by a side of the road

Here's a sentence: The Good Samaritan Parable tells a story of how a jew traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho was robbed and beaten by criminals who then left him to die by THE side of the road. ...
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Why do we need 'the' in front of the grammar word? [duplicate]

the indefinite article the gerund the past participle I've always thought that 'the' is placed when you're talking about something specific. But I see people usually say with 'the' even ...
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Is the definite article “the” needed here before “construction”?

Should I say Does construction of railway lead to prosperity? Or should I say Does the construction of railway lead to prosperity? Why?
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1. Let's all thank <the> group A, B, and C; 2. Thank you to <the> groups A, B and C

Let's imagine a small firm where all people know each other very well. This firm consists of five groups A, B, C, D & E. Each group was involved in some process. Together they were doing one big ...
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Can I omit the definite article or use the indefinite article even though I'm writing about specific items?

We only use definite articles when we want to be more specific. If in a situation where I don't want to be specific though I know the reader will understand if I specify, can I do that? For example:...
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said as an adjective with or without the definite article

The Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary gives the following examples of "said": http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/said The following is a description of how said property [=the property ...
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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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Article “The” before not particular year

I've found a sentence: February is the second month of the year. And a little bit confused, why do in English it is correct to put "the" before the word "year" in this sentence when we do not ...
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Definite Article use before contract names and numbers

I've been struggling with the definite article and its usage in contracts' names. Please comment and explain, I would appreciate any help! P.S. Language of origin is Russian. Examples of the ...
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Why has Marx's “Das Kapital” been translated to “Capital” in English and not “The Capital”

Why has Marx's "Das Kapital" been translated to "Capital" and not to "The Capital"? Actually, the article "Das" in German points out that it is not any capital, but the capital as the process of the ...
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“…where gin could be bought at ten cents the large nip” — what else can be used instead of “the”?

The following is an excerpt from 1984: In the low-ceilinged canteen, deep underground, the lunch queue jerked slowly forward. The room was already very full and deafeningly noisy. From the grille ...
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Definite article in definitions

I have noticed a pattern of using the definite article „the” that occurs in definitions, and I don’t know how to explain that. The pattern is as follows: "A/An + term + basic description. The + term + ...
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“The” for mentioning the time after mentioning the place [duplicate]

I have a following question: I know I have to use first place then time. But I want to make sure about following sentence : That was a great experience to teach them at Yale University in (the) ...
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A bat vs bats vs the bats

Which one of these sentences is correct: A bat is not a bird, but a mammal. or Bats are not birds but mammals or The bats are not birds but mammals.
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Enlgish Article “the” vs no article

Consider the sentence below. The total mass is the sum of the mass of all components. I do not understand why definite article "the" is followed by the word "mass." Why the word "mass" is specific?...
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In running such a game, a/the computer may freeze

Having the following sentences and lines of reasoning: Video Games are becoming more and more hardware demanding. In running such a game, the computer may freeze. (*) My line of reasoning: the ...
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“A better future tomorrow” vs “a better tomorrow”?

I need to write something like this on a poster: Save (the?) Environment Today For a Better (Future) Tomorrow Basically I want to say: Save environment (resources) today so that we can live better ...
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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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Proper use of 'the' in following situation?

"Test PC is connected via Ethernet and UART to System Under Test." I'm not quite sure where to put "the" in this situation. The reader is actual test engineer which should be familiar what is meant ...
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Is “The life is beautiful” incorrect or just very non-idiomatic?

We had a discussion earlier on another SE site and I'm not able to find a definitive answer online. If I say, speaking generally: The life is beautiful I know this is not the common way of saying ...
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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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Define a/the function to be

Which is the correct way to define a function? Define a function f(x) to be f(x)=2x Define the function f(x) to be f(x)=2x. Since f(x)=2x is a specific function, my guess is "the" is correct. But ...
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Should “Organization” here be preceded by “The?”

To put or not to put "The"... In my made up examples below, do I keep the "The" or not? Why? Does it even make a difference? The results speak to the organization the infrastructure lacks. ...
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English Definite Article “the” with “Same”

I know we often use the English article "the" before nouns. But I have noticed this is not always true. According to the Oxford dictionary, "Same" is used as Adjective, Pronoun, and Adverb. Oxford ...
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Article usage in “a cow” vs “the cow”

I have referred to many grammar books and they say that "A cow gives us milk" and "The cow gives us milk" mean the same thing. They mean all cows give us milk or cows give us milk. I know that the ...
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Why there is zero article in this sentence?

Does Hotbit Account Required Registration? yes, registration is required on Hotbit and registering on Hotbit is quite easy, you just have to land on the homepage, and then click the “Register” ...
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Definite article for contextually clear references

Do we use "the" if we understood from the context that a noun is specific? If your answer is Yes, and I cannot imagine another answer, then the above statement contradicts with the following example ...
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English article “A” vs “The”

In English Grammar, before ordinals (first, second, third...), we always use the definite article "the." Consider the sentence below. If the same person calls a second time within a 15-minute ...
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Correct use of articles with nationalities

Why do you think Italians are so good at football? Why shouldn't we put "the" before Italians? It's a concrete group of people. Another example: Americans speak English differently to the British....
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The English and Foreign Language University

I would like to know whether it is English and Foreign Languages University or The English and Foriegn Languages University. because some universities are called with the article' The ' and some other ...
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“December the third” vs “December third”

My birthday party is on the third of December. My birthday party is on _____ _____ _____. I encountered this question in a quiz. It requires me to rephrase the first sentence without changing ...
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Use of definite article with superlative adverbs

What is the exact rule of using the definite article with superlative adverbs? Had asked this question on the English language and usage site also, but no exact answer was given. For example: "...
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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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Is it possible to use “the” as follows: the number of “the”?

This school has quite a lot of students although I don't know exactly the number of the students. I would like to know the expression "the number of the" in the above sentence I created is correct. ...
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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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Using the definite article with a collective noun

In the following sentence (emphasis is mine, source) The government manipulates the television with the emphasis on their major voters, who are dependent upon television--instead of reading the ...
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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?