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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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An addition to the beginning of a word is Prefix and an addition to the end is a Suffix

An addition to the beginning of a word is Prefix and an addition to the end is a Suffix. I found this above sentence and wonder why there is no 'a' in front of the word 'Prefix' compared with 'a' ...
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Don't make noise. OR Don't make a noise

A multiple choice question on articles had this sentence: Don't make __ noise. A. a. B. the. C. no article The correct answer as per the book is - A (a noise). I have been using 'noise' (no article) ...
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zero or indefinite article in a negative sentence

In a situation below, how can I say the last sentence? We have some events every year. One is in October or September. One is in November or December. One is held in April. Please note that we don'...
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The concept of the articles [closed]

It may be obvious from the title of the question (or it may be not, I can't say) that I don't understand the concept of articles. I don't have them in my native language. We take the needed info from ...
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Usage of Articles in Relative clauses

1. Tom is talking to a woman. Do you know her? 2. Do you know the woman Tom is talking to? 3. The man I was sitting next to on the plane talked all the time. In the first sentence, we used 'a woman', ...
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Spring is the best season of {a/the} year

Spring is the best season of ____ year. a or the? Year is not definite. It can be any year. Shouldn't it be "season of a year."?
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Missing an article before professions [duplicate]

I’ve met some cases of not using an article A before a profession. One of them was in “Friends” when Monica said: “I’ll be coordinator” Here I thought it was just her mistake in speaking English. But ...
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a question of indefinite article "an"

There is a passage on the website below https://ieltsonlinetests.com/ielts-mock-test-2023-january-reading-practice-test-3?mode=practice_test&parts=1&duration=60 Here is a question about the ...
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"I ate at a restaurant… A dessert was delicious." — Is there an explanation of using "a" before "dessert" other than there was more than one dessert?

The explanation of using "the" (from a comment from one of threads on ell.stackexchange.com): I ate at a restaurant yesterday. The dessert was delicious_. — Even though the first sentence ...
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I trust a lawyer. - general sense or specific one?

‎Example 1 I trust lawyers. Example 2 I trust a lawyer. Example 3 A: Do you collaborate with a lawyer? B: Yes. I collaborate with a lawyer. Can Example 2 mean the same as Example 1? Is ...
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"She spoke in broad Yorkshire dialect." — Why is "a" not used here? — I mean: "She spoke in a broad Yorkshire dialect."

an example from "Extra Examples" on oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com: (1) She spoke in broad Yorkshire dialect. As far as I understand, "dialect" in (1) is uncountable since it's ...
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‘A sum‘ or ‘THE sum’?

6 = 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 (a sum of 6 numbers) = 6 (1 number) = 2 + 4 (2 numbers) = 3 + 3 (2 numbers) = ... a natural number n, i.e. a positive whole number greater than zero such as six, is [...
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Are articles used with names of meals, as in "My favourite dish is (a) fruit salad"?

When do we use articles before dishes? For example, "My favourite dish is a fruit salad" or no article. Are there any rules?
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Can we always replace "one last" with "a last"? For example: "She took one last draw from the cigarette." → "She took a last draw from the cigarette."

As I understand, since we can use "a" instead of "one" (e.g. "one million" = "a million"), then we can use "a last" instead of "one last". ...
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I got <a><the> perfect score on the exam in ring theory but not in Galois theory

I got a/the perfect score on the exam in ring theory but not in Galois theory. Question: Which is correct, a or the? A perfect score is a particular number (in Japan, usually 100), so I suppose that ...
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"Only a few people" or "only few people"?

Can you help me with this question pleas? The concert wasn't popular. Only ____ people came. How should I complete the sentence, with a few or few?
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the key to all the doors of knowledge

a. He has a key to all doors of knowledge. b. He has a key to every door of knowledge. c. He has a key to each door of knowledge. d. He has a key to all the doors of knowledge. ============ a1. He has ...
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Why is it the indefinite article in 'training of an older generation'? Shouldn't it be 'the' here?

Saussure's approach to language became popular among a new generation of university teachers in the 1970s who came from lower-middle-class backgrounds and were attracted to more technical approaches ...
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Why is there no article before job titles in this example?

More Americans identify their primary occupation as artist than as lawyer, doctor, police officer or farm worker. — NYT I found this example in one academic book. Why is there no article before the ...
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Why is the zero article correct in "__ witnesses say..."?

While practicing the usage of the English articles, I encountered the following exercises: There was a collision between a car and a cyclist at the crossroads near - my house early in the morning. ...
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Can I use "I go to a Walmart" when I'm going to a particular store?

We can say: I like bmw (when I mean the brand) But I like a bmw (it means that I like a particular car) Does it work the same with names of stores? For example "I go to a Walmart" when I ...
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'a/an' before acronyms: British vs American

I learned English grammar by reading a few books published by OUP (a British organization/company). According to the books, what determines whether 'a' or 'an' is used before a countable noun is not ...
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I check "the" milk prices whenever I am in "a" supermarket. - definite article comes first and indefinite article comes later?

Example 1 "I check "the" milk prices whenever I am in "a" supermarket." What does the "the milk prices" refer to? Does it refer to the milk prices in the &...
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How to put an article before a word in a phrase if the first word is uncountable and the second word is countable?

Clinimetrics corner: the many faces of "selection bias" Now, selection and bias are both nouns. Selection is an uncountable noun and a countable noun. Bias is a countable noun. So, can I ...
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Why is there no A/AN before the word pepper? I bought pepper [closed]

Why is there no A/AN before the word pepper? I bought pepper.
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Is there any difference between "A + ADJECTIVE + NUMBER + NOUN" and "NUMBER + ADJECTIVE + NOUN"? (e.g. "a full ten bottles" VS "ten full bottles")

Are "A + ADJECTIVE + NUMBER + NOUN" and "NUMBER + ADJECTIVE + NOUN" interchangeable? If not, then what is the difference between them? For example (a-variants are from ...
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Which of the two options is more appropriate? "A bit of delay" or "a bit of A delay"? Could you please give some advice?

What should I do to expand my knowledge so that I don't get stuck with such amateur questions in the future? :) I am more inclined towards an articled option, 'cause I believe we can count delays, ...
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indefinite article for generic reference

I understand that an indefinite article + noun can refer to the whole class, but also refer to one of them. which of the following sentences are generic reference? Thank you. A horse is a useful ...
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Alternation of definite and indefinite articles

Could you give an explicit example of the behavior of a wave function near zero, so that the wave function is continuous, but its magnitude squared is not? Do the highlighted words constitute ...
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Can both "a" and "the" be used in "He is a/the man who..."?

He is a man who went to see me at the airport yesterday. He is the man who went to see me at the airport yesterday. While (2) means a man saw me at the airport and he is that man, my friend and I ...
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Why is "an university" used, not "a university"?

I happened to read J.S.Mill's writing, and found "an unversity" used in it, instead of "a university". I think "a university" is the right choice in the present-day ...
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Could anyone explain why is the article used before percentage? Is there any grammatical rule regarding this?

Could anyone explain why is the article used before percentage? Is there any grammatical rule regarding this? Most countries would be very happy with a 7% growth in this environment. Link But ...
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It's not that big a deal? Why is 'a' needed?

I have only known the expression, "it's not a big deal". Just now I got to know there is another expression, "it's not that big a deal". I wonder why it is not used like "it's ...
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Commas and articles in dissertation title

Given these options, what is the correct title for a PhD dissertation: Efficient Parallelizable Algorithm for Redundant Manipulators An Efficient Parallelizable Algorithm for Redundant Manipulators ...
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"Do assessment of the problem" vs. "do an assessment of the problem"

Would you tell me if using the article a adds anything to the sentence's meaning below? Before fixing it right away, I suggest we do assessment of the problem first. Before fixing it right away, I ...
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When can I use "math class" with an article?

I am searching for the information about countability of class, but cannot find it. The situation where I would like to use "math class" is like this: You are looking at your school ...
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Articles with professions: "The job of teacher" vs "The job of a teacher"

The job of teacher, for which patience is required, would not suit me. Why don't we say "the job of a teacher"? As far as I know with professions we always use the indefinite article
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"he has piano class" or "he has a piano class"?

In one English text book I saw "He has piano class at 5 o'clock" and somebody told me that that was a mistake meaning that indefinite article should precede the word "piano" in ...
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Why is the indefinite article correct in "We had the/a customer in the other day..."?

As an ESL learner, I learned that we use an indefinite article a/an for some unspecified objects, while the for specific things. And I encountered the following sentence that asks me to choose the ...
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As a part of Vs as part of

According to Ngram, as part of is more common than as a part of but my freelancer who is a native speaker used "a". Do you think "a part" is better than "part" here? ...
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Using "change" or "a change"?

I am wondering which of the following sentences is correct: (1) - Scientists noticed a recent climate change. (2) - Scientists noticed recent climate change. I am asking this question because ...
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"Give someone an exact time" vs. "give someone the exact time"

Can you please tell me if I need to use a or the in the context below? Can you give me an exact time you'll arrive. Can you give me the exact time you'll arrive. I thought that the was the only ...
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Offer A to V sentence question [closed]

The restaurant offers customers to choose spicy level. The restaurant offers customer choice of spicy level I think second sentence is right grammatically..but the first one also make sense?
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indefinite article with uncountable nouns

Two sentences: (1) She has great experience in her work. (2) ‘She spoke with a great enthusiasm about the new plans. Question: Why is there no article ‘a’ with ‘great experience’ in the first ...
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Articles before common nouns when they are used with proper nouns (names)

I read an article about (a/the/-) Winterlude festival (festival here is not part of the event's name). In 2015, she published (a/the/-) book Innocent thoughts of the Innocent mind. Should I use ...
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Why "stepped off the train" instead of "stepped off a train"?

There is an article in The Guardian, and it has a sentence with a definite article that I would replace with an indefinite one. 'I am out to beat everybody in sight and that's just what I'm going to ...
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Can "a" be used as "all / any / every / each"?

It seems to me we can use "a" not only as "one of many" but also as "all / any / every / each". Is it so? To check it, I came up with the following sentence: If a ...
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I have a good memory

I have a good memory. It means "I am good at memorizing things". But can't it mean "I have a good recollection?" And what would "I have good memory" mean? To eliminate ...
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“on hiatus” VS “on a hiatus”

In dictionaries (example 1, example 2) it says that “hiatus” is a countable noun which is usually singular, but I see it being used as an uncountable noun as well in phrases like Two of my colleagues ...
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Definite/zero article with plural

I'm still struggling to outline the difference between "the+plural" and "zero+plural" There was a football (soccer) game last night and I couldn't fall asleep because fans at the ...
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