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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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How to understand the grammar of “the many lamps” in this context?

Everything was lit with a dim, crimson light; the curtains at the windows were all closed, and the many lamps were draped with dark red scarves. -- From Harry Potter As I know, when 'many' precedes ...
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“percentage of students” vs . “percentage of the students”

Is it: International students represent no more than 15% of the students that select math as a major. Or International students represent no more than 15% of students that select math as a ...
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“Chinese cuisine” VS “the Chinese cuisine”

The work reflects Yuan's "orthodox" literati stance on Chinese cuisine, which derided the opulent displays and dishes in banquets of his time. the link or The work reflects Yuan's "orthodox" ...
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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 this sentence missing an article?

Carly DuHain, the lead singer for local soulful, bluesy rock ‘n’ roll band Drop Dead Red, has a tattoo on her right arm of a pinup girl that says Drop Dead Red. (source) I find the sentence strange ...
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Should I use definite article here?

It is argued whether it is better for students to travel abroad for a year before going to university. This essay completely agrees on this idea for (the \ no article) benefits it brings to the youth....
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“These are THE three different types of services”. Is this correct?

I was reading Google's Android documentation and came across with this sentence. Link: https://developer.android.com/guide/components/services There is written like this: "These are the three ...
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“As president of the company” or “As the president of the company”?

I know a title sometimes needs zero article, e.g., "He is elected president of the U.S." and "She was sworn in as president." But when writing this sentence below, is the definite article needed? ...
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Usage of definite articles once again

I learn english for about 20 years, and still sometimes articles make me mad. This question has few related sub-questions about articles. Can you please explain these sentences: "Waiting for remote ...
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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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Is “profit” a special case?

Company profits are down from last year's figures. (Copied from Cambridge dictionary.) 1) Why don't we use a possessive s? 2) Why do we use plural profits? 3) Why don't we use “the”? When you ...
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Why does the definite article appear in “the mid-40s”?

Why is the definite article used before mid-40s and 30s in this sentence from a Washington Post weather report? Highs are mainly limited to the mid-40s, with wind chills in the 30s so bundle up. I ...
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Why we say “I am doing the shopping”?

Why we say "I am doing the shopping"? why not "I am doing shopping" like "I am going shopping"?
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The use of the definite article with word “people” in context

Tell me please if I need to use the definite article in the following sentence: (The) French people cannot live without wine and cheese. What I want say that in general the French adore wine and ...
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Article usage in “AI technology” vs. “the English language”

Why some noun phrases require the definite article, some don't? They are quite similar in structure. Why do we say "the NYC area", "the English language", but "AI technology", "blockchain technology"? ...
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How a noun is considered to be specific?

I learn to use "the" when I need to be specific. But I am confused as I am not sure what is the meaning of being specific? specific to the context I guess. For example:- High income will not make ...
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“growth of ” VS “a growth of” VS “a growth rate of”

The industry experienced positive growth of about two percent in 2015. The industry experienced a positive growth of about two percent in 2015. the industry experienced a positive growth rate of ...
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“For the lack of” or “for lack of”?

The trials that followed the murders of Falcone and Borsellino convicted the people who planted the bombs and planned the assassinations, but a wider investigation into powers behind the attacks had ...
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“People over age 35” or “people over the age 35” or “people over the age of 35”

The greatest beneficiaries have been rich people and people over age 35. This is a sentence I am writing. I feel uncertain about the noun phrase at the end. I know these two versions should be correct:...
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Is the definite article missing before “head position”?

Problems in the inner ear — where head position is perceived — are the most common cause of nystagmus, usually accompanied by vertigo. (source) According to Macmillan Dictionary (marked as countable) ...
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Women or the women? (Use of the definite artice with plural nouns)

“The women of Leningrad came to replace their husbands who had gone to the front.” “The women in ancient Rome used cosmetics.” How would the meaning of these senesces change if they read: “Women ...
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The use of definite article in this sentence: why the is missing?

I have read this in a book. "His name's Thunder (a jumpy horse). You have to show him who's boss." Flo looked at Thunder. She was pretty sure he was boss. If I write, I will write "the boss" In ...
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Article omission regarding specific theories in science

I am writing a paper which involves references to different theories. I wonder if you should use an article before, for example "social exchange theory" or not. I searched for it on Google Books and ...
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Using the article “the”

Which sentence is correct: ..to extend the current knowledge of speech perception. ..to extend current knowledge of speech perception. I know that knowledge is an uncountable noun. However, ...
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one with “the” and the other without “the” for uncountable noun

I was looking the following: https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/measurement In the Section 2 [uncountable], there are two sentences: the measurement of performance accurate measurement of ...
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use of the definite article in context

Tell me please if need to use the in the following sentence. A lot of guys are lagging in (the) upper chest development, which leads to an unproportionally developed chest. I am in doubt because ...
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Is the definite article necessary in “one of the only two stores”?

That place is one of only two stores in the US that sell those things. That place is one of the only two stores in the US that sell those things. Since the context is clear and the stores are ...
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“regardless of time or place ” VS “regardless of the time or the place”

Humanity resolved to uphold human dignity regardless of time or place. Humanity resolved to uphold human dignity regardless of the time or the place. If I want to convey the meaning that people ...
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Ocean or Oceans

The ocean is home to the majority of species living on our planet. The oceans are home to the majority of species living on our planet. Oceans are home to the majority of species living on ...
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What is the difference between 'it's no time', 'it's not time' and 'it's not the time'?

Examples. It's no time to stop believing. It's no time to be unsure. It's not time to make a change, just relax, take it easy. I don't think it's the time to start talking about the future, it's not ...
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use of article in exclamatory and interrogative sentence

See the following examples: What sort of (a) man he is! To my knowledge, this is wrong because in sentences starting with 'what kind of' 'what sort of' 'what type of' 'what variety of' and in ...
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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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“The BBC” or BBC (without the)

When often hear on TV, such as "This is CNN" or "This is BBC World". There is no "THE" before the name of the TV. So far so good. However, I have recently been listening to some scientific panel ...
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“in an era of AI” VS “in the era of AI”

Some manual jobs would disappear in an era of AI. Some manual jobs would disappear in the era of AI. Some manual jobs would disappear in a new era of AI. If I want to express a common truth that ...
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Is inserting the definite article here possible? Does it make the sentence change its meaning?

They were not democratic in a modern sense in that slaves, resident noncitizens, and women were excluded from political life. (source: A History of Europe) This sentence reads fine to me, but I am ...
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The vs An (Comparing for most appropriate.)

The average person knows 25000 words. Vs An average person knows 25000 words. I find the latter more appropriate, but the former is what I read almost everywhere. Does anyone have a coherent ...
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“What I want least is…” or “ what I want the least is…”?

Please tell me if I need to use the definite article in the following sentence. What I want (the) least is to work there. I feel that I need to use the there. If I am right, please tell me why it ...
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“the” VS “plurals”

After investigating the background of the media organization,the reporter, and the subject of the interview, BPA decides whether to accept or reject the invitation. After investigating the background ...
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Usage of 'the' before American/African etc

Is the usage of 'the' correct in the sentences below? The taco was spicier than the American one. The sushi was less expensive than the Japanese one. I was asked by my friend why are we ...
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play the guitar vs play guitar

I was taught that when we want to say "produce sound on a musical instrument", we should always use the definite article before the instrument ("play the guitar/piano/violin"). I did research on this,...
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the/a city doesn't matter

While having a conversation with an HR about a job location, I constructed the next sentence Yes, I'd like to relocate to the UK. The city doesn't really matter. which is bugging me now. Why did ...
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article: excellence on [the] stage?

Is the bracketed definite article correctly used in the following? The Tony Awards recognize excellence on [the] stage and behind the scenes. A colleague wrote it, but the dictionaries I've ...
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Do we need the definite article before a specific place with a proper name, like “the La Scala Opera house”?

Articles are the worst (sorry, article fans). I have trouble with article usage when I mention doing some activity in a specific place that has a proper name. For example, This play was presented ...
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Does “most exclusive emphasis” need a “the” in front of it?

Does this sentence look grammatically incorrect to you? The weakness of the Turner theory is that it places most exclusive emphasis on the romantic idealism. A friend of mine asked if this ...
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Using an article before a noun adjunct

I have an issue with putting articles in phrases like: "the equipment diagnostics and repair", "the equipment damage or breakage", "the Asset user’s explanation", "the asset damage or breakage causing"...
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Changing “a” into “the” in case of providing more info for a noun

Do I need to change the indefinite article "a" before a noun into the definite "the" if I provide some definitive information for that noun right after it? I brought this trinket from a workshop. ...
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Usage of definite articles with things described with “that”-clauses

I don't like films that don't have happy endings. I don't like the films that don't have happy endings. My grammar book says sentence 1 is the correct answer. But I don't get it. I think the ...
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Should we use “the” before “current”?

I was wondering wether it's necessary to use definite article before "current" when it is used as adjective. For example: According to (the) current forecast it should be raining. Should I ...
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Can I leave out “the” in “caused by the higher oxygen content of ethanol”?

These higher performance outputs for the ethanol are also caused by the higher oxygen content of ethanol fuel. If I put higher instead of the higher, the meaning of the sentences will change?

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