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“130 yen to the dollar” VS “130 yen to a dollar”

I saw this sentence in the dictionary on my phone(so I can't get a link to it here): We're only getting 130 yen to the dollar at the moment. I'm wondering why the definite article 'the' is being ...
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What is the difference between ''I often listen to the radio'' and ''I often listen to radio''? [duplicate]

What is the difference between ''I often listen to the radio before I go to the bed'' and ''I often listen to radio before I go to the bed''? Why is the second one not correct? It was marked as ...
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With 'the' or without 'the': one's enduring committment to communities where it operates

xxx company's enduring committment to the communities where it operates reflect its belief in coporate citizenship. xxx company's enduring committment to communities where it operates reflect its ...
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with or without “a”: towards [a] green and sustainable growth

We move towards green and sustainable growth We move towards a green and sustainable growth Is 'a' a must here?
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Plural or Singular: “a return on investment” or “returns on investment”

Often, they can’t precisely see what to do with the data to get a return on investment. Often they can’t precisely see what to do with the data to get returns on investment. I have thought an ...
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What is this case of using “the” in front of a noun?

As I have been taught, apart from being a part of a name, the definite article in English is usually used for: 1) things that have already been mentioned earlier in conversation (like in "So you did ...
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“it” vs “the” and “no article”

In the first sentence can I replace it with null articles? And in the second sentence, Can I replace it with the?  If you heat water to 100 degrees Celsius, it/water boils. If you love a man ...
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“an” or the before an attributive clause

Off-the-road (OTR) pneumatic tires are prone to puncture in the extreme environment where big wheel loaders move everything from scrap metal to construction debris to household waste, and often do so ...
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with 'the' or not: 'in areas of' VS 'in the areas of'

This will require new frameworks for global cooperation in areas of investment, research and technology. This will require new frameworks for global cooperation in the areas of investment, research ...
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Is the definite article 'the' necessary in front of seasons? [duplicate]

The best time to travel is in the autumn. The best time to travel is in autumn. Which sentence is correct?
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Is 'the' a must here: within [the] production of electrical power for new buildings

Solar energy is quickly becoming dominant within production of electrical power for new buildings in many countries Solar energy is quickly becoming dominant within the production of electrical power ...
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Use of Article + Plural

I always find the use of article confusing. Also should "industry" be in plural? Which one is correct below? I have worked in the banking and the engineering industry. I have worked in the banking ...
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Usage of the definite article “the” and its omission

Is it mandatory to use the in the following sentence? If I omit the from the sentence, will that be correct and what difference in meaning will it create? Here's the example: As a teacher, I feel ...
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Why ‘the’ needed in the phrase “away from the television” in this context?

White House aides have always been leery of Trump's visits to Bedminster where, as at Mar-a-Lago, he can mingle with members without staff "handlers" surrounding him. Also, there are fewer staff ...
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What does 'the' in 'the someone' mean?

There are lots of examples where the definite article is used with the pronoun 'someone', for example: I never knew you were the someone waiting for me. (Source.) How about a little something ...
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“Acting as president” vs “Acting as the president”

The vice-president is second-in-command, and will act as president if the president dies, resigns, or is removed from office. My initial thought, while I was reading this, was there was a mistake and ...
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This bus is for the use of US residents only or This bus is for the use of the US residents only?

This bus is for the use of US residents only or This bus is for the use of the US residents only? Should I add a the before US in this sentence?
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Correct Usage and omission of “the”

I have a question regarding the usage of the. Should I use the in the following sentence? Suppose I am a sports teacher in my school. I enter a class in my school and want to know if the students in ...
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Why is it “at upper left” as opposed to “on the upper left”?

A photo in an article with a caption that reads: Law enforcement officers during a raid of a gambling house in the 1940s. At upper left is Mike Elliott, whose campaign for Multnomah County ...
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What do you do for “a” living?

I read this post so I understood why we need an article in the sentence What do you do for a living? My question is why we use a living not the living, since we are asking certain somebody, ...
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Are articles useless sometimes? [closed]

In my native language there are no definite and indefinite articles, and for me this topic is difficult to understand, so I ask this question. For me it is interesting, how do you think, what role do ...
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“the legs of the table” vs “the table's legs”

I got this quiz: The carpenter repaired __ . (A) the table's legs (B) table's legs (C) legs of the table (D) the legs of the table ...which says the right answer is D. But I ...
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Which 'article' to use when we refer to a common person every time in the same passage?

I know a rule: I found a pen. The pen was broken. When I introduce a pen, for the first time, it takes the indefinite article and once, it's introduced, I can proceed with the definite one. ...
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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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Why is there no definite article in “The first rule of fight club” before the last noun?

I've just read Chuck Palahniuk's "Fight Club", and I wonder why there are no definite article in his first rule of fight club definition? "The first rule of _ fight club is you don't talk about _ ...
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taking the bait for “the”(definite article) big bust?

I was watching a video and became curious about the use of definite article : at 1:23 "Little does he know he's just taking the bait for the big bust" Link to Chris Rock - True Stories of the ...
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How do we come to know a noun in a sentence is a countable or uncountable noun?

Road is countable and uncountable noun. (see Cambridge) ex. The traffic on the road was quite bad. Definite article [the] is placed before road. As per the rule the can be placed before countable ...
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Is an article missing in this sentence? If so, definite or indefinite?

The editorial also discussed how Spiro Agnew differed from the men in the carving... Readers agreed, proven by the crowd at the dedication... Even James Venable, descendant of the man who originally ...
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Why certain “of” constructions do not need the definite article and some others do?

Without federal inspection of meat, however, chances of contracting food-borne illnesses would be much higher and the everyday task of eating would be much riskier. (source: book We the People) This ...
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Is it wrong to use `the` before `work` [duplicate]

I was watching an English teaching video, they said: How often do you go to the Cinema? And after a while, they said: How often do you go to work? Why they didn't use the definite article 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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the flu VS a flu

Here's the situation: I have a flu. vs I have the flu. I saw some lesson on website about the vocabulary of illnesses. Illnesses that use the article -the: 1.flu 2.hiccups 3....
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“the … of a” classifying expressions

On p. 62 of the 2nd edition of Practical English Usage, M. Swan writes: 68 articles (8): special rules and exceptions 4 the ... of a ... In classifying expressions of this kind, the first ...
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Can the definite article be used in the sense of all?

Tell me please why "the" was used in the following sentense. The historians do not like that I don't use historical terms. I am confused because the speaker had not mentioned any specific ...
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definite article or indefinite article - an online survey or the survey online?

I'd like to know whether "the survey online" or "an online survey" should be used in the following: World Gym has been under new management since July 3. For the new team to better serve our ...
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Article “The” for general statement [duplicate]

I am confused why we always use article The even though it is general. For example 1) He can master THE English language (even general statement) 2) The goverment can impose THE goods and services ...
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Usage of the definite article in “(The) residents in this town want to keep the town clean”

Can anyone please tell me if I can omit the in the following sentence? I want to know if it is essential in the following sentence, and why yes, or why not? (The) residents in this town are very ...
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Usage and omission of “the”

Can anyone please tell me if I can omit the in the following sentence? Is the in the following sentence optional? (The) villagers in this village are very rich because they use modern technology for ...
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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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meaning of the phrase “be the less for”

I have come across it in Crash Course World History. It is at around 11 minute and 19 second. Here it goes: The columbian exchange left us with not a richer, but a more impoverished genetic pool. ...
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Does the definite article, “the,” modify both the noun-constituents following it in this sentence?

In a question asked here, one of the answers said that, in the sentence: "Care about thr syntax, (the) semantics, and (the) typos," "the inclusion or exclusion of the article is irrelevant for ...
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Are these sentences grammatically correct in formal and informal English?

I had doubts on this so I asked this on Quora and Englishforums but to my surprise they gave conflicting answers. I want to know which of these sentences are grammatically correct in formal and ...
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Why is one article used for two nouns and why is it the definite article?

Clara first bought the five-room house, including the kitchen and bathroom, for $3,000 in 1994. (source) This is the first time ever the article mentions the house's kitchen and bathroom, so shouldn'...
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Why some countable nouns treated as uncountable?

since the inception of the iPod we have seen numerous audio formats come to market yet only a select few of them have been adopted on a mass scale. (Source: What is the best audio format? - ...
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Why is “the” used here?

We just wanna party Party just for you We just want the money Money just for you This is one line in the lyrics of "This is America" So I don't understand why "the" is used before "money". ...
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Is the definite article missing in this sentence from Fox News?

A sentence on Fox News reads ungrammatical. Maisy, who bears similarities to loveable pooch Beethoven in the series of comedy films written by John Hughes, had the soft toys removed during an ...
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is “Cleaner the room is Healthier it will be” grammatically correct?

Is this correct if I write "Cleaner the room is Healthier it will be". Is it saying If my room is cleaner today, it will improve my health in future (as there is 'Healthier it will be'). If so, ...
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“residents of the building” or “the residents of the building”

Shouldn't there be the definite article before "residents of the notorious Sierra Ridge Apartments" in the following sentence? Residents of the notorious Sierra Ridge Apartments in Northwest ...
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The definite and zero article with the word “civilization”

Tell me please why the is not used in the first following sentence and is used in the second one. Ancient egyptian civilization existed for a long time. The Inca civilization flourished for a ...
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Using the definite article in “I love the people who make me laugh.”

What's the difference between the two following sentences and which one is grammatical? Should I use the definite article in the second sentence? I love people who make me laugh. I love the ...