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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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Indefinite articles in front of number below 100

Which number must I add "a"? Do I start with "a"? (e.g. a ten people came to the event.) Or do I start with "an"? (e.g. an eleven people came to the event.)
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What's the right adjective to use when referring to someone in their infancy?

What's the right adjective to use when referring to someone in their infancy? Suppose I've just watched a video recording of something Jack did when he was a newborn. Which adjective should I use in ...
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Why isn't the article "the" used in "...is a one act play"?

"Never Never Nest" is a one act play. Why do we use a in this sentence? My teacher told me that when there is something specific we use the not a. Isn't one act play is specific and ...
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Go to high school or go to high schools?

You usually say "Tom goes to high school", and you don't say "Tom goes to a high school" when you want to mean Tom is a student there, do you? How about when you want to mention ...
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"Be an average height" vs. "be the average height"

Would you please tell me if I need to use an or the in before average in the context below? 176cm is an/the average height for men in the US. I've heard both. Are both acceptable? If so, can you ...
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How to say a fact in general? [duplicate]

When you want to talk about cheetahs in general, A cheetah can run fast. The cheetah can run fast. Cheetahs can run fast. The cheetahs can run fast. are they all correct? Which one would you use in ...
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indefinite article in 'he had gone from A to a that of B'

This is from a TIME article. The ensuing conflicts left Buterin with culture shock. In the space of a few months, he had gone from a cloistered life of writing code and technical articles to a that ...
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Is the article "a" or "an" necessary to describe a variable in the scientific paper?

I am doing my paper in the field of information system economics. In the paper, I define a variable in the previous section, such as the intensity of competition γ. Whether "a higher γ" or &...
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the wall or a wall when describing a room (again as answer is not clear)

I've read into "a" or "the" wall? and https://grammargeddon.com/2020/02/21/a-wall-or-the-wall-does-it-matter/. The question arose due to a text in English Students book. There are ...
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"Solid Like Stone" vs "Solid Like A Stone", which one would you prefer?

I found both forms (with and without "a") on the Internet. I don't know which one is more acceptable. Is it an idiom? https://wolfstone.za.com/blog/1-solid-like-stone-to-stone-like-solid ...
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Why doesn't "autism spectrum disorder" require an indefinite article?

Example sentence: He may have a personality disorder, a depressive disorder, or autism spectrum disorder. Why is that personality disorder and depressive disorder requires an a but not autism ...
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omission of the article a/an when multiple nouns are listed

I know that a or an in sentences like the following is your choice--it can be used there or omitted as you prefer. We need a car or (a) bike to get out of this area. Russian soldiers will be here ...
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with good grip or with a good grip?

I'm talking about a pair of boots. "You need to buy boots with good grip" or "You need to buy boots with a good grip."
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the building has emerged as architectural backdrop to

This is from a Los Angeles Times article. It therefore could not be more apropos that the building has emerged as architectural backdrop to one of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s urgent ...
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Raindrops on the window pane - with the definite article?

Yesterday I took a photo of raindrops and posted it to Instagram. I used “Raindrops on the window pane” as the description. Then I started to think: Why did I use the definite article here? When I ...
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Why should I use "a" before "a bit better", "a littlge highter" "a bit harsh"?

in this phrase(I am not sure this is a phrase)but Why should I use "a" before "a bit better", "a little higher" and "a bit harsh"? I know this is an article( a ...
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Use of article for each noun in a sentence

Can we use article with each noun separately in a sentence or one is enough as in the following sentence; Draw a car, a truck and a van. Or Draw a car, truck and van Draw a car, truck and a van.
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The list of uncountable nouns that never take 'a/an'

There is a rule not use the article ‘a’ with uncountable nouns. Unless, we talk about a particular kind of the uncountable noun. For example, ‘a dreadful anger’, ‘a fragile calm’, ‘a great enthusiasm’ ...
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indefinite article in a New York Times article

This is an excerpt from a New York Times article. One prominent family attended the event. Martin Luther King III, the oldest living son of the civil rights leader, and his wife, Arndrea Waters King, ...
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Is 'coordination' a countable noun?

But those productions rely heavily on the Fair use doctrine, an important but often wobbly legal standard that allows part of a song to be played for limited purposes or on direct coordination of ...
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Do I have to use the article "a" with the names of illnesses that contain the word "disorder"?

Could you tell me if I have to use the article a with the names of illnesses that contain the word disorder? For example, is it people with dissociative personality disorder or people with a ...
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With all the short forms (abbreviations) , should we use only "an" as article? [duplicate]

e.g. An MP(Member of Parliament) should be responsible for his own catchment area. Is that correct ? or should I user "a" article instead of "an". Thank you
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half goat and half sheep

a.) This animal is half goat and half sheep. b.) This animal looks half like a goat and half like a sheep. In sentence a, half does not need to be followed by an indefinite article, does it? But why?...
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Should the indefinite or zero article be used with the phrase "low cost"

You can build your first app on a small, single database at low cost in the serverless compute tier or a small compute size in the provisioned. Should we use the indefinite article (a low cost) or ...
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Using the "a" article with "specific"

Let's say there's a service that allows me to create and edit web pages. And I'm filing a bug report: I can't edit a specific page: https://... On one hand, using "specific" suggests "...
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Why don't the nouns "human", "anatomy lab", and "happy hour" have articles in this passage?

I don't understand why the articles were missing in the following writing in a book: "It was hard to recognize this pile of tissue as human. Anatomy lab, at the end, becomes less a violation of ...
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a/the real-life stepbrother of

a. Tom, who played the role of the protagonist in the movie, was the real-life stepbrother of Jim, who played the villain. b. Tom, who played the role of the protagonist in the movie, was a real-life ...
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Which one is correct: to enter an university or to enter the university [duplicate]

There is a sentence: "When he was 16 he moved to London in order to enter the/an university" Which article is more correct for this sentence the or an?
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Using "a" with the word "slang"

Can I use the word "slang" with an indefinite article "a"? For example: That phrase is an obvious slang. or That choice of words is an obvious slang.
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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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