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Article in front of abstract noun

May I use definite article in front of abstract noun? 1.Creativity is a must in the present world. 2.The creativity of our boss has taken attention. when and why I will use definite article?...
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“chances are” or “the chances are”?

Tell me please if have to include the definite article before the word chance in the following sentence. If you lose weight too quickly, then (the) chances are you are going to gain the weight back ...
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“This is the left eye”: why not “a left eye”?

What is the difference in the application of the article before choosing the side? Or not at all (in what cases)? a left or the left Well, for example, such an example: "this is a / the left ...
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particularizing attribute with indefinite article

While reading an English grammar book I've run into some issues: There is the example of a sentence with particularizing attribute: One day in January he called at the seminary to return a book ...
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The use of the definite article before the adjective “basic” and a noun in context

Tell me please if I need to use the in the following sentence. I don't speak English fluently, but I know (the) basic grammar pretty well. I am in doubt whether to use the or not, because, for one ...
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When to use “the lunch” (with the definite article “the”)?

In most sentences that use the word lunch, I found this word does rarely take the definite article the. For example: I have lunch in three hours. Shall we go out for lunch? Let's have ...
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“the same” or “same” in “Are they pronounced «»?”?

In the following sentence: These two words sound the same to me. Are they pronounced the same? I wonder if I should write them as the same or same. I think it may be safer to write in the same way ...
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Please explain the use of “The” or no use of “The”. In the first blanks

I would like to understand the use of the article "The" to mention the company name and also the not use of "The" to write the names of companies. Eg. Notice that the first, second and fourth ...
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“the black colour” or “the colour black”?

Tell me please what is the most natural way to say the following. The colour black is my favourite of all colours. The black colour is my favourite colour. Is the use of the definite article ...
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Grammar (at or at the…)

In which of the sentences below would the use of at be grammatically correct? i. I do not want to talk about mine stay at sea. or ii. I do not want to talk about mine stay at the sea.
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why “the” and “a” are not used here?

I need a smartphone which allows me to check my email and use Facebook. I really want a phone with good battery life. A tutorial suggest to use "a", but I think I should use "the" because the reader ...
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“Under mirror” or “Under the mirror”?

Which one is correct? There is a washbasin under mirror There is a washbasin under the mirror
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Two nouns sharing an adjective, can the definite article of the second noun be omitted?

In the following sentence, the nouns “consumption” and “use” share the adjective “high”. I would like to know if it is grammatically correct to omit the definite article "the" of the second noun “use”...
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“linked by land and sea” VS “linked by the land and sea”

As a close and intimate neighbor linked by land and sea, China and ASEAN launched the dialogue process in 1991 and forged a strategic partnership in 2003. As a close and intimate neighbor linked by ...
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a / the occasional game

I'd like to know which of the following is natural English: Although Jimmy prefers to read in his leisure time, he does play occasional baseball games with us. Although Jimmy prefers to read ...
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Definiteness in the {container} of {contents} construction

Let’s imagine the following situation: my friend gave me yesterday books. I put them into a box. Now, I have noticed that we should name the box as the box of books that my friend gave me not as ...
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“The“, or no article: ”In the one hour"

Is it possible to use the article in the sentence below implying during this particular hour? or is it optional? In the one hour
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Where “a/the” aren't used?

Here is simple test with Google: Search "virtualization of hardware" (with quotes) - it will be 73600 results. "virtualization of a hardware" (with quotes) - 75 results "virtualization of the ...
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Salsa is a dance, so why we don't say “I know how to dance THE salsa” [closed]

Someone asked me if I knew the answer for that, and I couldn't come up with any.
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“I will come by the train” vs. “I will come by train” - do we need the article here?

I will come by the train. Is it correct or we need to remove "the". Give reason also.
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Definite article before “office”

Consider the following sentence: I do not go to the office. Is this correct English? Can I drop the article? My guess is that then it would mean that there's no office I can go to. And original ...
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Do I need the definite article before a noun followed by No. …?

Do I need the definite article before "purchase order". What is the rule? I`ve got some questions about purchase order No. 1234.
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Italians/The Italians - using the definite article

Which one of these sentences is correct: Italians drink wine; The Italians drink wine.
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The definite article before family members

In terms of meaning, what is the difference (if there is one) between these sentences: Grandmother buys a new belt. The grandmother buys a new belt.
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Wrong title in IELTS? 'An almost forgotten people?'

A title in the IELTS Reading Section reads - The Phoenicians: an almost forgotten people It's IELTS and thus unlikely to make a mistake! What am I missing? Or IELTS has gone wrong?
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Help understanding the articles in “There is A picture over THE crib.” and “She's putting A blanket over THE baby.”

Can I get another explanation? I was watching a video on English prepositions, I came across this sentence. Unfortunately, the video raised more questions than answers on the articles. There is ...
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Why is 'the' added before Wasp but not before Antman?

Why is 'the' added before Wasp but not before Antman from the movie title "Antman and the Wasp"?
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should I use ‘the gym’ or ‘a gym’?

A: Where are you going? B: I am going to the/a gym. (first time ever B has mentioned the 'gym' to A) My intuition tells me that I should use 'the'. But the 'gym' is an new information for A. So ...
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Is it not correct to say “I have the brown eyes” instead of “I have brown eyes”, and why?

I encountered the following sentence in a Duolingo course (and there are no other sentences): I have brown eyes. However, I was told that "I have the brown eyes." is not correct here. I don't ...
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Article before “tears”

Should I use definite article before "tears"? In Queen's "Somebody to love" song they use it for some reason: I get down on my knees and I start to pray till THE tears run down from my eyes Is ...
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When to use the definite article before words: ‘child’ and ‘mother’?

In the following sentence: You can start with carrying at any age of the child. I'm not talking about a specific child but the indefinite article sounds awful to me. Which one is better? The ...
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''We have a/the Christmas party today'' [duplicate]

We have a Christmas party today We have the Christmas party today Which one is grammatically correct?
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“The first, it is” or “First, it is”?

In the following sentence, Does the "the" article come before the "first" word? I have two reasons for my claim. The first, it is . . .
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Should it be “German society” or “the German society”?

This is a line I came across in someone's bio. Apparently the author is not a native speaker of English. Since 2005 I have extended my research on education to the German society. I am under the ...
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Should I use 'isn't there' to show no food that I have been craving for? [closed]

"When the food you are craving for isn't there, the last choice you have is Maggi." Is my grammar correct? Or can you change my sentence so it will be better than mine? Thanks!
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“The Jesus who said” - why is there a definite article before the proper name “Jesus”?

The system doesn't seem to be providing for the well-being of all the people, and that's what makes it, almost in its very nature, something contrary to the Jesus who said, "Blessed are the poor. Woe ...
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What's the difference “Thank you for making a helpful post.” and “Thank you for making the helpful post.” in this context?

When I come across the post that helps me, I make a comment, "Thank you for making a helpful post", meaning "Thank you for making ONE post that helps me." I know that "Thank you for making the ...
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Definite article or zero article

Can you please explain which one is suitable? Did you watch the football yesterday? Or Did you watch football yesterday? I think definite article(the) is suitable here because this is specific ...
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the dinner vs. dinner (grammar question)

From the sitcom Seinfeld (episode The Couch): KRAMER: (scanning a menu) So, how was the dinner last night? JERRY: Oh, well… KRAMER: Did you enjoy the duck? (Elaine comes over…) Oh, Elaine! I ...
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Why is the definite article used in this paragraph?

Consider the bold phrases in this prograph: Spotts et al. [5] performed a CFD study of the compressible flow through convergent–conical nozzles to investigate the effect of the nozzle pressure ...
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'The' vs zero article with 'Roman numerals'

What article, zero or definite, will be grammatically correct in the sentence below and why? How is the number 5 written in ___ Roman numerals? My answer was the zero article only, however my ...
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The use of the definite article in “The two men appeared out of nowhere”

The two men appeared out of nowhere, a few yards apart in the narrow, moonlit lane. -Chapter 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: The Dark Lord According to this web site, English native ...
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Definite Article Help [closed]

Do I need to use the definite article in a Park District name or acronym? IE, this hypothetical with the Chicago Parks Department: "The CPD will not compete against organizations currently meeting ...
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using “the” in these sentences

The \ a decision to change the government has been taken. 1) which article should I use? Earlier this year, with the help of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, we reached a decision to expand our ...
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Definite article or No article?

I just came across the following sentence; Many Americans love to watch reruns of the I Love Lucy show. and think that the in there is extraneous. What rule applies to it?
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“the shadow of a doubt” or “a shadow of a doubt” or “shadow of doubt”

It seems all these three versions are in use: "the shadow of a doubt", "a shadow of a doubt", and "shadow of doubt", as suggested by Google Dictionary and Google search results. Google Dictionary (...
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Why didn't they use the definite article before these words in this paragraph?

Last night, I was reading this article: The article Ok, probably you cannot download the paper then I toke a screenshot and uploaded it here for you: Please read this paragraph(Highlighted in the ...
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“I am the chair of the Economics Department” or “I am chair of the Economics Department”?

While I know in certain contexts a title should not be preceded by the definite article, e.g. "He was elected president," I find myself in doubt whether to use the definite article in such a sentence: ...
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why “beer” in first sentence is considered specific?

Many people think that the beer they brew in Germany is the best in the world. Many people think that German beer is the best in the world. Both sentences have exactly the same meaning, and ...
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“control of the company” or “the control of the company”?

I saw the following sentence in OALD: He was forced to relinquish control of the company. When writing in English, in some cases I don't know if the definite article 'the' should be used or not. ...