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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?
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Can definite and indefinite articles be used interchangeably?

I was going to say: Pronouns and/or be/have/do are occasionally omitted in spoken English at the beginning of the sentence. But then I thought, I don't have any particular sentence in mind here. ...
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“a number from range [0, 10]” vs. “a number from the range [0, 10]”

Do we need any article before "range": a number from range [0, 10] a number from the range [0, 10]
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Definite article alongside “use”

I've got these two examples: However, use of these drugs is discouraged by pregnant women or women trying to conceive and should be thoroughly discussed with your health care provider and ...
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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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What are the correct articles and prepositions when you write about the news of your family?

Context: I did not know that my friend has become engaged, and I am telling him in a letter how I knew about his engagement. I visited your old man yesterday, and he was talking about politics as ...
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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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definite article: “rebut charges that…” or “rebut the charges that…”?

Are both questions grammatical? Are there any differences in meaning? 1) She has rebutted charges that she has been involved in any financial malpractice. 2) She has rebutted the charges that she ...
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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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infinitive or gerund: two most important keys to succeed

In the following sentence, should "two" be preceded by "the"? And is "succeed" correct? Diligence and intelligence are two most important keys to succeed.
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Where we shouldn't to use 'the'?

Hello my native language is spanish and in spanish we use 'the' a lot of times, and sometimes when I translate something from English I see that 'the' is not necessary or is wrong. For example ...
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Can we use 'the' before comparatives?

He is the better of either of the boys.Is this corrret? If not what will be correct form.
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Regarding the dropping of the article “the” in this context

In this answer to a physics question, the responder said, "The current J in a material is a combination of conduction current and displacement current". Is it permissible to drop the in the above ...
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Is “the” idomatic in this sentence?

That attitude is fostered by the American government. Is "the" required in this sentence? Why? "by the american governement" is way more frequent on the Internet than "by American government". But I ...
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Is “the” required in this sentence?

There is no serious work on this subject. The existing literature lacks the proper focus. Is "the" required before "proper focus"? Why?
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“Toutmai started the second officer's job at..” vs “Toutmai started a second officer's job at”

In 2011, she joined the XYZ Institute as a navigation officer. After over two years in the institute, in November 2013, Toutmai started the second officer's job at Siren for Fleet Ship Management. ...
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“I am [the / an] owner of a bookstore”?

I'm drafting a letter of invitation for someone. And one sentence goes: "I am [the / an] owner of a bookstore" - which article shall I use?
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“During years 2017-2019” vs. “During the years 2017-2019”

"During years 2017-2019, he appeared four times on the podcast." or "During the years 2017-2019, he appeared four times on the podcast" Are both of them correct? If not, which of ...
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Shall I use “an” before “impact”?

Some uncountable words like the word value should not be preceded with article. I am not sure about impact. It has impact on the existing approaches. or It has an impact on the existing ...
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“On Horse Market” vs. “On the Horse Market” as the title for a post

"On Horse Market" or "On the Horse Market" I suspect the latter is correct, but I do not know why? I did some research. I know that market is countable. Is that a rule that I always have to put an ...
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As far as meaning, does the omission of the article “the” in this prepositional phrase changes anything?

It is possible to remove the article the from: In the previous chapters, we saw the importance of communication. to obtain: In previous chapters, we saw the importance of communication. the ...
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Using 'a,' 'an,' or 'the' with 'price' and 'discount'

I am confused when to use the correct articles. For example, in an email: Dear Journal of Business News, I have received the information about subscribing to your journal. I have a few ...
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the Chester Beckers in The Great Gatsby

In The Great Gatsby, I read the following line: From East Egg, then, came the Chester Beckers and the Leeches, and a man named Bunsen, whom I knew at Yale, and Doctor Webster Civet, who was drowned ...
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Is there a grammar rule telling when to drop or not to drop a definite article before names?

Is there any rule in English regulating when I can omit the definite article before names? Here is the list of banks of Taiwan taken from Wikipedia (no need to read through it, just go ahead and ...
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Which form is better in this case [closed]

Shall I say "All the records that I buy in the USA" or"All records that I buy in the USA" I think the first one is better because it is not all records in general but only these that I buy in the ...
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referring to multiple similar periods of times by a singular noun with the definite article preceding it

Is it okay in English to refer to multiple similar periods of times by a singular noun with the definite article preceding it? For example, is it okay to say: Judging by her common reactions in ...
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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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What does flower removal plots mean?

I was reading "The impact of an alien plant on a native plant-pollinator network: an experimental approach" and it talks about flower removal plots what does that mean? Visitation and pollen ...
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Should I use the in these cases?

The following sentence is extracted form essay talking about single-sex school. People can get the\no article social experience to deal with the\no article opposite gender later in life and they ...
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Why isn't there the definite article “the” in “periods of sheer rest”?

Apart from the care of children and periods of sheer rest, the active lives were spent in the cities. Why isn't there the in periods of sheer rest in this context?
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Can “father” be “the father” and “mother” be “the mother”?

The original sentence: With mother earning and his older children drawing substantial wages father is seldom the dominant figure that he still was at the beginning of the century. Is it also ...
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“as of next month” vs “as of the next month”

Despite having studied English for years, I don't yet know the proper usage of the article 'the' fully. This sentence is from Cambridge Dictionary: As of next month, all the airline's fares will ...
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The Irish weather or Irish weather

The \ no article Irish weather is normally cool and wet in October. I thought it should be the Irish weather because there is only one Irish weather. However, I have found the following examples from ...
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The use of the definite article before decades [duplicate]

Why do we use "the" before decades? Internet technology developed in the 1960s. The 1970s marked the beginning of a modern society. Also, is it mandatory to use "the" before such ...
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using “the” for the objects in the speaker's field of vision

I am one of those learners who have been greatly and negatively affected by various grammar myths. One of such myths is that you should always use "the" before a noun, by which you refer to an object ...
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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 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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“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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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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“…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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“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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The use of the definite article with item names

Do I need to use the definite article in the following instance? (R&A stands for a company, CA122 - an item name) We`d like to cancel the order for the R&A CA122.
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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 ...