Questions tagged [indefinite-article]

An article is a word that combines with a noun to indicate the type of reference being made by the noun.

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definite or indefinite article for new term that described in other paper?

When we present a term for the first time with reference to another article, should we use definite or indefinite article? (without reference, we should use indefinite article) Example (The Hilbert's ...
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Is "a current" ever grammatical?

As I understand it, the indefinite article "a" cannot be used before the word "current". "A current ..." doesn't make sense to me. We say "the next" and "...
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Use of articles in the description of an experiment

I am struggling a bit with the sentence describing the experiment we conducted: The tensile tests were performed at the XX strain rate for the sample with the XX mm gauge part. There are particular ...
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What should I use here 'A' or 'The'?

A red car stopped by a Highway Patrol Officer was speeding. A joke told at the beginning of his speech made everyone laugh. 'stopped by a Highway patrol officer' and 'told at the beginning of his ...
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How important/required is to explicitly state the article "a" in front of a noun?

I wrote the following. How should I approach the design of such a class? I got corrected by another user to this. How should I approach the design of such class? While colloquially acceptable, I'm ...
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I don't like a dog who barks - "I don't like barking dogs in general" or "There is a dog that barks who I don't like"?

I wonder whether the following examples can have two meanings: talking about something in general talking about a specific something. Do you guys agree? Example 1: I don't like a dog. I think it ...
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When do we use the indifinte article "a" with abstract nouns? [closed]

Why we used the indifinte article "a" in this sentence ?? "Fear is a universal weakness"
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Difference between 'have lunch' and 'have a lunch'? [duplicate]

Let's go have a lunch. Let's go have lunch. Is there a difference between these two sentences in terms of what they imply? Can "have lunch" and "have a lunch" be used ...
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A question about the common noun

I wonder if the following sentence is missing something, isn't it? "It's a long journey from tea leaf to cup of tea." Shouldn't it be added an indefinite article or something before "...
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Indefinite article with the word "meal"

Do I need an indefinite article in the following sentence? I wouldn't call it a healthful meal And if I do, could I still drop it? Will it sound terribly awkward if I drop it?
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An article with a title of a company / brand / project before a common noun

Would you put an article before a proper noun / a title that precedes a common noun when speaking about brands, firms, et cetera? For example: [A/The] Formula One staff responds to fans' questions. [...
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Doesn’t “a” need to mean “one”?

Can I say “I ate a hamburger” when I ate half of a hamburger? We say “we drink water” even when we drink some of water. Is it obligatory that “I ate a hamburger” means “I ate one hamburger”?
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Per American pronunciation, "a ear" or "an ear"?

I just watched YEAR vs. EAR - American English Pronunciation (EAR vs. HEAR), and I hear absolutely no difference between the pronunciations of "ear" and "year", given we should use ...
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Article usage before 'state'

What indefinite article is used before 'state'? For instance, The packaging is in a good state/ The packaging is in good state. I'm in a fine state/ I'm in fine state. Both the terms are used ...
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Is an article missing in "courage is resistance to fear"?

I came across a quote by Mark Twain. To me, it looks like an article is missing in it. Is the quote correct, if so why? "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear-not absence of fear." ...
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what's the difference between 'a/an' and 'the' when talking about a particular type with them?

I am learning the use of 'a/an' and 'the'. From my understanding, one can use 'a/an' or 'the' to talk about a type, like these examples: A dog is an animal. I can play the piano. I are not sure ...
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When do we use the article 'the'? [closed]

We use the article 'the' before the noun, which is made definite by the addition of the phrase or a clause. But: We have a small house in a village in the Netherlands. Why is there 'a small house' ...
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"The network with a stronger connection" or "the network with the stronger connection" in context? [duplicate]

Could you tell me which article, a or the I use before stronger connection in the context below? Usually your phone prioritizes the network with a/the stronger connection. I can't figure out the ...
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Is it "the" or "a" in “The life of __ peasant”?

The example is taken from a book (a peasant): The life of a peasant in the Middle Ages was hard. Why not the peasant? The life of the peasant in the Middle Ages was hard.
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Why the word “a” can be used here?

Fairtrade coffee sales ranged from 0.8-3 million euros over a 6-year period in these five countries, whereas banana sales also mostly clustered between 0.6 and 2 million euros, with Switzerland the ...
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The main or a main

I think the sentence "we have reached a main result of ..." is perfectly OK. But the grammar check says it should be "the main" instead. I wonder which one is correct.
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This is a/the story of a little girl [duplicate]

What's the difference between "a" and "the" in the following sentence? This is a/the story of a little girl in a wheelchair called Susan who laughs, sings, flies and swings – just ...
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"looking for the accessible text of the novel" vs. "looking for an accessible text of the novel"

I've come to think today whether the use of the definite article in the context of the following post is correct: Having trouble understanding Pride and Prejudice? Being visually impaired, are you ...
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"showed positive reaction" or "showed a positive reaction" for repetitive times

Do I need to use the indefinite article in the sentence below or can I omit it? In general, she showed a very positive reaction to any developments in the lessons throughout this year. I guess I ...
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Grammar behind "a length of 2 meters"

I believe that The length of [something] is 2 meters. is basically equivalent to [Something] has a length of 2 meters. where the following is invalid: [Something] has the length of 2 meters. I'm ...
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Selling a copy of the original as original is called "fraud" (idiomatic?)

Selling a copy of the original as original is called "fraud" idiomatic or do we need the indefinite article "a" before fraud like "a fraud"?
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What's the difference in meaning between these two sentences?

• We'll taste the dishes of different restaurants there. • We'll taste dishes of different restaurants there. Are they both grammatically correct? And if they are, what's the difference in meaning ...
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Indefinite article before plurals

I have came across such sentence: By now, Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne for an astounding 67 years. Why do we use "an" here, even though 67 years is plural?
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Twinge of (a) thought

I didn't pay attention to that twinge of (a) thought of losing what I hadn't lost yet. Should there be an article in this phrase?
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Which article to use before a noun that is being repeated in a sentence?

Should I use a definite or indefinite article before a noun that is being repeated in a sentence? For example, should I use "the" or "a" in the following sentence before the second ...
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Is it 'an hotel' or 'a hotel' [duplicate]

In a book I saw this statement. Before words beginning with h and not accented on the first syllable, an is often used ; as, An historical , an hotel. I want to know whether h in hotel is ...
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What does it mean when I say "She is always early for work on a Monday"?

What does it indicate when we use an indefinite article before Monday or any other day?
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"This company makes quality product" - how to explain correctly why there is no "a" before "product"?

The question is in the title - I know that "product" here serves as a plural, but it's hard to google how this situation is called in linguistics, and if there are any formal rules that ...
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Use of indefinite article with non countable nouns [closed]

As per the article rule, we should not use an indefinite article before the non countable nouns. But following are the examples of the indefinite articles with non countable nouns. Day 3 has been a ...
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Two meanings of the indefinite article

Why do people say "How to use an iron" meaning any iron? Doesn't it mean that there is one iron and you ask how to use it and that because we can't say "I love a cat" because it ...
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One of my favourite flowers is tulips/a tulip/the tulip/tulip

Which one is correct? One of my favourite flowers is tulips/a tulip/the tulip/tulip
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bit vs a bit, which one to use when?

I've got a slight confusion while using them. I believe "a bit" is used in the case when we are thinking from an "a little" perspective. ex- he is a bit too late. When shall we use ...
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pronunciation of article 'a' in phrases vs. in sentences [duplicate]

One of my teacher corrected me when I read the article 'a' as /ey/ in a phrase. And he said it should be /uh/. A banana (/uh/) I know that both are acceptable /ey/ and /uh/, but is there really a ...
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"They were a powerful people"

I'm reading The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and there's the following phrase: "They were a powerful people, and rich, and great builders." However, I've googled a rule: Plural ...
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What article should I use before the noun "handstand"?

What article(s) should I use before the noun "handstand"? I read several example sentences with this word and found different options to choose from. I would like to know if they are all ...
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An indefinite article with proper noun

Review: Nest Hub (2nd gen) sleep tracking ushers in a radically more pervasive Google Assistant It's the review title of this media. Why is there an indefinite article 'a'? Because Google Assistant ...
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into "a" or "the" wall?

As soon as Tom stepped into the room, Pete shoved him against a/the wall. In writing would native speakers be more inclined to use the definite article here even though we don't know which of the ...
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Should I say "sent by post" or "sent by a post"?

Should I use article "a" in this sentence? Has anyone sent documents by post or Has anyone sent documents by a post?
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"The fog rolled in" vs. "a fog rolled in"

Could you tell me the difference between the fog rolled in and a fog rolled in? For example: The fog rolled in and we couldn't see anything on the highway. A fog rolled in and we couldn't see ...
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Indefinite article with non-count noun

Can anybody explain to me the use of the indefinite article in the following sentences: She had a great zest for life. The danger of being caught added a certain zest to the affair. "Zest" ...
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The building was destroyed by (a) fire

The building was destroyed by a fire. The building was destroyed by fire. I have almost always used “fire” as an uncountable noun. What’s the difference between the two sentences? Which example is a ...
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The most popular means of transport is the car/a car - which article?

Which article is correct in this sentence? The most popular means of transport is the car/a car As far as I understand, when we mean the invention itself in general, we use 'the', but 'a' implies ...
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What's the difference between a/an and the?

For example: "I sent a report about a wrong item." VS. "I sent a report about the wrong item." I'm confused. Thank you in advance.
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What articles and when do I use with the phrase "past tense"?

Let's take a couple of quotes from the Wikipedia article: The past tense is a grammatical tense whose function is to place an action or situation in past time. In some languages, the grammatical ...
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Why do we use an indefinite article in the sentence "I can't imagine a world without electricity"?

As far as I understand, it speaks specifically about our entire planet, and not about some abstract world. Isn't it better to use the definite article in this case?

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