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Why the definite article in “with just the suggestion of a smirk”?

This sentence from the Oxford Dictionaries Online makes me wonder about its use of the definite article. I leaned back in my chair with just the suggestion of a smirk on my face. (source) Why is ...
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“a driver at the last position” or “the driver at the last position”

Here are two sentences. I am confused about the articles a/the. Can you please explain to me which one is correct, and why? The sentence is: 1: During a road race a driver at the last position made ...
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Uses of the definite article (the) in generic noun phrases

I was reading a paragraph about lions and I came up with a question about the definite article (the). Let me tell you first what I know about it. 1->We use the before a singular noun (when we are ...
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A question regarding using the definite article

Supposed that I already stated earlier that it was raining for while and I gave a good description of how it looked like. Now, I am wondering if I can use Rain without any articles so that only the ...
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That's best..no article?

I struggle with the rules related to not using the definite article with the superlative. I know the following - the definite article is NOT used in these cases: Possessive pronouns (My best friend) ...
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Why is the definite article needed in “border on the ridiculous”?

Two dictionary sentences share the phrase "border on the ridiculous". The play's dialog borders on the ridiculous. (Merriam Webster) His suggestion borders on the ridiculous. (Cambridge) I ...
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“in terms of the number” or “in terms of number”?

I once heard of that the article "the" can be omitted after "of". So which sentence should I choose, "in terms of the number of something" or "in terms of number of something"? At the same time, ...
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“Siri, set the timer for X minutes”

Every time I ask Siri to set the timer for X minutes I get corrected with set a timer for X minutes I consulted some tech sites, they seem to agree on "a timer". At least, I didn't find any "...
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Do you have a / the time?

I am trying to cope with the ever increasing trend of new phrases in English language and found something. I have heard many a times people use "Do you have a/the time?" In reply, either we say "Yes/...
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Why is it “the flag” and not “US flag” or just “flag”?

One of the naturalization exam questions is "What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?" and possible answers are "the United States" and "the flag". I understand (I think) why ...
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Can an example be mentioned like this

As an example of the role of context in classification of a node, suppose a user wants to remove the navigation links in the sidebar section. To accomplish this task, they may define a rule to ...
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in class or in the class?

I'm wondering whether the definite article is necessary in the following: John is such a dark horse. Who would have thought the shy boy in (the) class would become the CEO of a multinational ...
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Shall I use an article before the word “value”

I am not sure if the word value is countable or non-countable. So I am not sure if i should add an article before it in a context like: Our method adds a value over their method.
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On the street or on street

Why do we use definite article with "street"? When i say They found a wallet on the street I don't mean any specific street, so shy do we use "the" , I've never heard anyone saying I found a ...
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“necessary tools” or “the necessary tools”?

Tell me please if I need to include the definite article in the following sentence. I cannot fix the computer right now as I don't have (the) necessary tools for it. I am not sure whether to use ...
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“the” before “history”

I have learned there is generally no article before history, unless we're talking about a specific one. But what about sentences where history doesn't mean neither what has happened nor the story of ...
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Definite article with “is” or “are”?

I Google-searched in quotes this: "The top 20 most common verbs is" and received 32.600.000 articles. I Google-searched in quotes this: "The top 20 most common verbs are" and received 28.700.000 ...
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A case of using definite articles

txt is widely know file format. Should I use the article the or not when referring to it? I am familiar with the notion of txt format, but it could be wrong. As I just asked a question about using ...
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“search results” or “the search results”

Using articles is sometimes tricky. But I hope my understanding is improving with the great answers provided in this forum. Some students said that the Google search engine show xx in the search ...
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Using articles with brand names

One example: One student has reported that Safari web browser .. The brand Safari is mentioned for the first time in the text. Another case: We store the data using Oracle database Shall I ...
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Using definite article“the”?

1)Dog's presence was a calming influence on patients. 2)The dog's presence was a calming influence on patients. The should be used in this situation or not? And i want to know why
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When does article “the” change meaning of an expression?

I want to find some examples when article "the" changes meaning of an expression, can you help me and give some examples? E.g. I'm in the school. Means I am in the building. I'm in school. ...
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Using “The” when starting sentence with a noun

My sentence starts with a noun: Shall I add "The": The HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is becoming .. or leave it without an article: HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is becoming ..
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Is an article needed in these opening statements?

I have some opening statements like: From programming perspective, ... And, From application development perspective, ... Not sure whether I should add definitive article for them to become: ...
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“The devil is in the detail” or “The devil is in details”

Which statement is correct? The devil is in the detail Or, The devil is in details
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“All (+noun)” or “all the (+noun)”?

I read a similar post about it, and I understand the general rule: I took all the apples that were in the basket. (not all the apples in the world.) All apples have seeds. (In the world) But ...
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Using the definite article with comparatives and superlatives, for example “the sooner the better”

I would like to know the meaning of structures concerning the definite article "the"-"the"+comparative or superlative adjective(adverb) structures- to be more specific, these ones: the more...the ...
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Is it correct to say “which country do you like the most?”

Is it correct to say "which country do you like the most?" or is there any other way to ask this question? Is it ok to skip 'the' in this question? I heard that one should use 'the' when speaking ...
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A class is an extensible program-code-template for creating objects

Given the following definitions of a class: a class is an extensible program-code-template for creating objects1 A class is the blueprint from which individual objects are created2 A ...
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Which article to use with 'are'?

I read the following sentence from an article online: We are a species trapped by a series of brightly lit screens. Is it grammatically correct? Or should it be "We are the species..."? Are both ...
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Can I enquire of you [the/an] additional question of whether this is also correct? Can both 'the' and 'an' be applied?

Can I enquire of you the additional question of whether this is also correct? e.g. ___ Can I enquire of you an additional question of whether this is also correct? e.g. ___ I'd like to ...
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additional services … or the additional services

I have written down two similar sentences below. (1) According to our store policy, customers have to pay more for additional services they may need to upgrade their computers. (2) According to our ...
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Is article “the” needed here?

Here’s my case: I have 3 cats and 2 dogs. (The) cats live in the house and (the) dogs live in the doghouse. I think it’s required because this is specific. So do we need “the” here?
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Grammatical error in using 'the' after an adjective

In the sentence: "Please find attached the document containing the list of items." Is the usage of "the" after "attached" forbidden by some rule of the English language?
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Definite or indefinite article?

There are following rules about articles: a - introduces a person/thing we haven't identified before the- introduces someone/something that is unique. What happens if I'm going to mention ...
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Why adding the article “the” when it is not needed?

There are many sentences, most are titles, that have the before nouns when they seem okay without it. I assume it is added to over-define them but not very sure. Here is a title that uses "the" ...
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Which is grammatically correct, “my name is John” or “the name is John”?

My name is John. The name is John. Which of the above sentences is grammatically correct? If both are, which is preferable and why?
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Is “who or what a thing or person is” correct?

identity: who or what a thing or person is Is this sentence correct? shouldn't there be an "a" before the word "person"? I mean it's either definite or indefinite, but in this sentence it's neither ...
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British colonies or the British colonies?

An example where this got me stumped: An 1833 Act for the Abolition of Slavery throughout the British Colonies Why the definite article before the "British"? From my point of view, that would be ...
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Advances in compiler and virtual machine technologies

In the official java tutorial we can read: However, advances in compiler and virtual machine technologies are bringing performance close to that of native code without threatening portability. I ...
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The/an urge to do something

Given the following examples from Oxford Dictionaries 1) ‘I glowered, having a strong urge to turn away from him, but I knew that he intended well.’ 2) ‘Larenia giggled after she finished ...
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watching the TV?

The following is from a dictionary. Do you think the definite article is correctly used? He gets all his knowledge about politics from watching the television. If it not, why is it common to say "...
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The Sunshine vs Sunshine

Keep your face towards sunshine, and you’ll never have to see the shadow again. Vs Keep your face towards the sunshine, and you’ll never have to see the shadow again. Is ‘the’ necessary in ...
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using “the” article in; “the Xs that exisit in the top Xs”

I have a sentence like the following: From the 400 websites, we exclude the websites that exist in the top websites list Is using the before the first mention of websites correct? I can not decide ...
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“For background on ..” vs. “for a backgroun on ..”

This is somewhat tricky articles case: For a background on X, see .. vs. For background on X, see .. By background, I mean background about a specific topic to build knowledge on it.
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Articles in 'make time for'

Does anyone know why the phrase 'make time for' uses a zero article for time? I know time is uncountable and most phrases about time use a zero article (spend time, save time, etc), however if the ...
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Why was “the room” not used in “Prices vary according to the type of room you require”?

The sentence below is an example sentence from Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary for the entry for the verb "vary". I wonder why the room was not used and why just room was used here. As "room" ...
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The totem pole can be grouped into

Does the following makes sense, with "the totem pole" referring to totem poles in general? The totem pole can be grouped into specific categories, depending on its location and the occasion for ...
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Grammatically correct

A guy who teaches English from Russia and I were discussing about a sentence that we both translated from Russian into English on a social media platform. Here are my Russian friend's translated ...
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Optional use of “the”

In the following sentence is the use of "the" grammatically correct? Is it an optional case? I used leakage as a synonym for an oil spill. "The study was performed during the two days following ...