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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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seeing a therapist

They are both seeing a therapist. They are seeing a therapist. Do those necessarily mean that they are seeing the same therapist? Could they be used if each of them is seeing a different therapist?
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Does the noun 'English' have to be always uncountable?

Does the noun 'English' have to be always uncountable? Grammarly doesn't like my using an indefinite article before the noun 'English' because, I suppose, it's an uncountable noun. So for instance: ...
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Why did the author write "at the point a of A" instead of "at a point a of A"?

I am reading a mathematics book ("Analysis on Manifolds" by James R. Munkres). Theorem 8.3 (The inverse function theorem). Let A be open in R^n; let f : A -> R^n be of class C^r. If Df(x)...
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What is the correct article when talking about sorting, "the order", "an order", or no article?

I write a paper about CSS and there is a following fragment: When appropriate, alphabetize shorthand component values. The order in which the component values of a particular shorthand may appear is ...
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As + indefinite article

Should the word as, when referring to a role / job, be followed by an indefinite article or not? I would like to apply for a summer job as a shop assistant. I would like to apply for a summer job as ...
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"some" vs "about"

All examples are mine. Could you help me to deal with them? (1a) There are some thousand people. - as far as I know, it's correct (1b) There are some a thousand people. - ??? (I don't know if it's ...
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draw a/the conclusion that……

Templates for argumentative essays: (In light of this event,) I can safely draw a/the conclusion that __________________. Therefore, I can arrive at a/the conclusion that __________________. Google ...
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"It's a harsh truth" vs. "it's the harsh truth" in context

Would you tell me if I need to use a or the before harsh truth in the sentence below. When you are trying to lose weight, you have to make sacrifices, such as cutting down on or cutting out ...
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To repeat the article 'a' in this case or not: 'a singer not (a) dancer'

He is a singer not dancer. He is a singer not a dancer. Which one is correct? In this case, 'a' should be repeated or not?
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The Wright brothers are the inventors of "aircraft"? "aircrafts"? "the aircraft"? "the aircrafts"? [closed]

Which sentence would be most appropriate? The Wright brothers are the inventors of aircraft. The Wright brothers are the inventors of an aircraft. The Wright brothers are the inventors of aircrafts?...
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It depends on the/a [closed]

Why do you commonly use "the" article with the phrase: It depends on ...? For example: Do you like eating in restaurants? Sometimes. It depends on the restaurant. It would be logically if ...
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The PUM project vs PUM project

I got stuck with the one very classic problems of English - articles. Don't get me wrong, I'm pretty decent and English and mostly use them automatically in the proper position (I hope so). However, ...
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Definite article (“the”) as beginning word

The Mole had been working very hard all the morning. (The Wind in the Willows) The package was lying by the front door (Button, Button) These two examples are from two different books and they are ...
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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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