Questions tagged [definite-article]

For questions about "The", the only definite article used in English.

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Water doesn't run or the water doesn't run

So I am informing my friend. Water doesn't run at the car washing center. Do I have to put "the" in front of water? The sentence implies that we both know what car washing center I'm talking about, ...
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do we use definite article before color or not?

Do we use definite article before colors? This command gives me all the clickable content in the red color.
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Use of article the

Insert the necessary article: Where did you buy umbrella? For this The book has answered Where did you buy the umbrella? Is it correct to use the instead of an, and, if so, then why?
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Use of 'A' vs. 'The'?

The rule states that: Use (A) the first time you mention something, and (The) the second time you mention the same thing. Kindly, consider the following example: (source: English for Starters 9) ...
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“ the people ”?

"You know, every time we take rebels, whether it’s in Iraq or anywhere else, we’re arming people. And you know what happens? They end up being worse than the people.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/...
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You know how to turn on (the) printer(s)!

You know how to turn on (the) printer(s)! A child has turned on a computer and you are making a mark. It is the printer, but you are not limiting your meaning to this occasion and you mean printers ...
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Do we use an article before a name that refers to a technique or an algorithm?

Say I'm reading a research paper that has introduced a new technique for cutting down trees, and the authors named it "Super Cutting". Now, in my own paper, when I refer to this technique, which ...
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a capital of a country vs the capital of some country

My question is about expressions of the form "A of B" when uniqueness of A is guaranteed. Are the following four sentences all okay? "Is ABC a capital of a country in South America?" "Is ABC ...
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Definite article “the” introducing the subject of a sentence

In a tutorial on Qt Quick I have the following line in a paragraph describing the main screen: ItemDelegate wrapper contains all fields on the main screen and the detail screen. My question is: is ...
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Definite article before adjective + noun phrases

This question may seem very elementary, but because I have very problem in using "the", I like to get an admission I have the following sentence: We try to simulate the way a user finds the ...
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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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Using definite article before abbreviations

Consider this part of a technical article. Approaches to boilerplate detection typically exploit DOM- level features of segments by means of handcrafted rules or trained classifiers, or they ...
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“the” before of-phrases [duplicate]

I feel most the time there is a "the" before of-phrases Consider the following sentence I wrote: As an example of the role of the context in the classification of a node, suppose we want to remove ...
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Do I need the definite article here?

I wrote: For example, in most shopping websites (the) price and shipping details fields are in a product's information and can be used to identify a product item. Do I need "the" before price? why?...
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Why do some foreign english speakers preface people's names with the definite article “the?”

I work with people from various nationalities and I've noticed over the years that they use The when referencing someone by name, for example Today I was talking to THE Bob about lunch. Has anyone ...
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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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Is “the validity of the argument” correct?

In this manual I've met a sentence: Conclusion: Give final evaluation of the validity of the argument. During my classes, I was told that the double usage of the in structures like A of B is ...
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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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