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Articles in generic noun phrases

Here are three instances regarding the usage of articles: From a poll on the Internet: "Should the owner of a shop be able to buy from or sell to their shop?" From Wikipedia: "Birds of prey, also ...
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The confusion between “The” or “A” article

I was reading about articles in Wren & Martin and found the following explanation: 1)Use the definite article when a singular noun is meant to express a whole class. The cow is a useful ...
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Do you say “I like apple” or “I like apples”?

When stating a general fact/preference on countable nouns, singular or plural is more suitable and natural? Example 1 : I like apple. or I like apples. Example 2: I like eating apple. or I like ...
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The articles “a” and “the” in generic statements

This is intended as a generic statement: *A madrigal is popular. This means that being popular is a requirement for being a madrigal. ...of course this conclusion is wrong, so I've marked the ...
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Uses of the definite article (the) in generic noun phrases

I was reading a paragraph about lions and I came up with a question about the definite article (the). Let me tell you first what I know about it. 1->We use the before a singular noun (when we are ...
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Why “the schoolboy” instead of “a schoolboy” in this sentence?

At the same time, however, Walser’s narrators—especially his schoolboys, and there is something of the schoolboy in all of his narrators—are possessed by a levity that borders on giddiness. (Source). ...
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article usage: “the faces of the human”

A dusty wind whips in the sweaty faces of the humans. A dusty wind whips in the sweaty faces of humans. The first sentence uses two thes. Is the article the required in front of humans? Which is ...
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How to use countable nouns?

In the sentences below, can I use a singular noun or must the nouns of the sentences be plural, and if so why? He likes hamburgers. She likes lions. Are these sentences wrong? He likes ...

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