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'have the time' vs 'have time'

I would like to use the phrase "Have you had time to look at my draft?" in American English, and I'm wondering if I need to use "the" before time. I couldn't found an explicit answer to my question. ...
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use of the definite article ' the'

When we talk about a noun in general it is not preceded by the definite article ' the' . As- Indian food is very delicious. But in another sentence it is - the food of India is very delicious. Why has ...
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The use of the definite article with the names of bridges and zoos in American English

Do the names of bridges and zoos take the definite article in American English? The sources I've explored so far seem to be somewhat contradictory to this question. Maybe someone could suggest the ...
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Should I use “the” for proper names?

There is this news channel I am introducing in a scenario that I describe. In the first scenario, suppose that the news channel PBC advertises the p. Is "the" required before "news channel PBC"?...
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Which article should be used in the following sentence?

Which article should I use before the word “email”? We’ve sent (an/the) email to address@gmail.com (An/The) email has been sent to address@gmail.com I’ve noticed the website Bitbucket ...
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Use of the definite article with the word “time” in context

Tell me please if I need to use the before time in the following senteces. As (the) time goes by people are getting smarter. Ancient people learnt how to make better tools as (the) time went ...
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“Congress” vs “the Congress”: Is the definite article needed before “Congress”?

Both "the Congress" and "Congress" appear in Google searches. Which one of the sentences below is correct/ more common? Why? The president really had poor relations with Congress. or The ...
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Should “the” be used in this sentence?

The two anonymous referees of this journal made great comments. It seems to me that because they are anonymous we should not use "the" for them. Or we should?
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“chapter two” or “the chapter two”

I'm sure most of the time when we talk about the books' chapters we are talking about a specific book. I will check again but I am pretty sure we are supposed to read chapter two. I wonder why "...
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Do I need “the” in this sentence? “The morality of a person is not just a matter of (the) acts she does”

The morality of a person is not just a matter of the acts she does. Is the sentence correct without the bold "the"?
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“past year” vs “last year” vs "previous year'?

Are there any semantic or grammatical between "past year" vs "last year" vs "previous year'? Are they similar from the definite article point of view? (last year vs the last year). I know that when ...
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“the knowledge of” or “knowledge of”?

Tell me please if need to use the definite article before the word knowledge in the following sentence. Many scientists say that (the) knowledge of a second language may substantially boost the ...
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The adjective that is always preceded by definitive articles

Consider the following example: The bookshop is located at the north of the main campus. Is it correct? Should "the" come before "main campus"? I think some adjectives always come with ...
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Is the definite article missing in this sentence?

This is a sentence from a book: We do not intend here to describe the medieval sense of geographical space in its totality, but briefly to point out some of differences between it and our modern ...
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Definite article and abstract concepts?

Consider the following sentence: They both grew up in a rural area and dislike the urban life I wonder if the sentence is yet correct without the bold the. If yes, will it's meaning change? I ...
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Is the definite article omitted in this sentence?

I ran into this sentence in a Fortune article: The life sciences arm of Google umbrella company Alphabet is bugging out. Is the definite article missing in this sentence? Should it be written as: ...
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Is it “by the end of year 2016” or “by the end of the year 2016”?

I feel uncertain about whether to use the definite article and "of" with a year. Which ones of the following sentences are correct? By the end of year 2016, the population had doubled. By the ...
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When to use the article “the”? [duplicate]

Hold on, I am not asking the difference between when to use "the", "a", or "an". My question is, when to use the. For example: Do not cross in front of bus; or Do not cross in front of the ...
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Is 'Our mother add vegetables to the food because they are good for us' grammatically correct?

Do native speakers speak like this? Our mother adds vegetables to the food because they're good for us. Is it ok to put 'the' before food?
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“with root S” or “with the root S”

I wrote: Figure 4 shows the adjoining of a subtree with root S to the projection chain at node V. Should it be: Figure 4 shows the adjoining of a subtree with the root S to the projection chain ...
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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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Why is there no definite article in front of the word “wind” in the phrase “little eddies of wind”?

Why is the article "the" missing from the noun "wind" in the following excerpt? Outside, even through the shut window-pane, the world looked cold. Down in the street little eddies of wind were ...
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Confused in use of 'a' and 'the'

I am confused whether I can use 'a' or 'the' in this sentence: While he was walking down ___ street. The word "street" has been used in the beginning of the sentence.
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Why is there no article before “British author” in “…novels written by British author J. K. Rowling…”?

"Harry Potter is a series of fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The novels chronicle the life of a young wizard, Harry Potter,.." I don't understand why there isn't an article ...
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Company name with the definite article

I have learned that names can be without an article. This is from Wikipedia: The Volkswagen Golf Mk7 (also known as the Golf VII[4]) is a compact car I would wrote this sentence with the zero ...
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“Good for the eye” or “good for the eyes” or “good for eyes”?

Which ones in these options are grammatical and why? Carrots are good for the eye. Carrots are good for the eyes. Carrots are good for eyes. Similarly: I have cut back on coffee. It ...
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Determiner before the word - Demand

They received a final demand for payment. The goverment is unlikely to agree to the rebel’s demands for independence. These sentences are from cambridge dictionary. In the second sentence, ...
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“The group looked at tissue from people who had any of five diagnoses” - why isn't there “the” before “five diagnoses”?

From a news report: The group looked at tissue from people who had any of five diagnoses: autism-like conditions, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and alcoholism. Why isn't there a ...
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Should I use the definite article or indefinite article in this sentence?

The ABC school is a graduate school in Texas. The school opened to an inaugural class of 30 students last year. or The ABC school is a graduate school in Texas. The school opened to the inaugural ...
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Is the definite article needed with the word “mainstream”?

What are their stories trying to fit into [the] mainstream society? Is the definite article needed or optional?
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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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The definite article before a title

I've always thought it should be "he is the President of the United States." But I have seen several places where it is written "Donald Trump is P(p)resident of the United States." E.g. here and here....
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Is the definite article “the” needed here before “construction”?

Should I say Does construction of railway lead to prosperity? Or should I say Does the construction of railway lead to prosperity? Why?
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Definite or indefinite article before the words - dryer and washing machine

Let's say that you are reading an article where you find the following sentence. Everybody wants to have the possibility of washing in the washing machine and drying in the dryer. It is ok if I ...
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Is "The mother is asking her son 'Does your hand hurt?' grammatical?

The mother is asking her son ‘Does your hand hurt?’ The sentence is about a picture in which a mother is talking to her son and he is injured. Is the structure and punctuation of the sentence OK? ...
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“on horseback” or “on the horseback”?

To an English learner, how to use articles (a, an, the) is one of the most difficult things. Today, I heard an reporter on the radio told about an carnival in New Orleans. He said: "The little ...
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Infant crying causes (the) release of stress hormones in both infants and adults

Infant crying causes release of stress hormones in both infants and adults. or Infant crying causes the release of stress hormones in both infants and adults. I would use the because it is a ...
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usage of definite article “the”

Can anyone please tell me if I can leave the word the out in the following sentences? Can any teacher on anyone who has good grasp on the language please explain it to me? 1- Nothing is impossible in ...
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Definite or indefinite articles before of phrases

What is the rule for using determiners before of phrases. I have a feeling of safety. You can use the functions of panning and tilting, too. Why first phrase has before feeling indefinite ...
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When do we use definite article in front of a proper noun, especially for an university?

"The University of Minnesota is a highly ranked public research university offering a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs." "Harvard University is devoted to excellence in ...
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Article before common noun + proper noun (e.g., “mission Foo”)?

Should I use an article before a combination of common noun and proper noun, like in the case of "mission Apollo" or "level X"? Context: I am writing (casual academic prose) about the fact that the ...
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Do we need “the” before “English language”?

I study English I study the English language Is it grammatically correct to drop the: I study English Language Likewise, The presentation will be made in French language.
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Article “the” before the phrase “coolness criteria”

Tell me please why "the" was used before "coolness criteria", even though it had not been mentioned before by the author. Here is the context: Being regarded as cool is something that you might ...
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When is the definite article needed before the name of a celebration?

I will congratulate him on New Year. or I will congratulate him on the New Year! ? I will congratulate him on X-mas! or I will congratulate him on the X-mas! ?
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Using the definite article with abstract nouns and some geographical names

Thousands of people watched the tidal bore of Qiantang River in China. phenomenon (something which happens in the nature) Source I have noticed two mistakes in using the article (the name of ...
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which is correct “ The dreams often portray…” or “ Dreams ofthen portray…”

The dreams often portray.. or Dreams often portray.. which out of two is correct way to start this sentence, thank you
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When should I use a define article before directions?

I drew a map of Iran without looking at it. Then I checked my drawing with the real map, and made this statement: I knew there is a slope in the western borders but I didn’t know the details. For ...
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'from receipt' of a firm order

The goods will be shipped 3 days from receipt of a firm order. 1) Will replacing 'from' with 'after' still convey the same meaning? 2) I suspect there is a definite article missing in front of '...
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What pronoun should i use if i want to indicate something in general

When I want to use “the” definite article to refer to things in general like: The cow is a useful animal; pronoun ... The doctor works in hospital; pronoun ... The lion is the king of the ...
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grammar items with 'the'

The list below is taken from Barbara Abbott's 'Definiteness and Indefiniteness.' Why do you think the is used before 'personal pronouns' but not before 'demonstrative pronouns' or 'demonstrative ...