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Definite article when introducing a list of items

Should I use the definite article when introducing a list of items, tasks, and so on? Completed tasks: Buy that cool t-shirt Call Jane about Mike Fix the car Is it correct to use "Completed ...
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What does the use of the definite article give to these sentences?

I like winter because (the) snow lies on (the) trees, on (the) houses, and on (the) roads. I like winter because there is snow on (the) trees, on (the) houses, and on (the) roads. I've made up these ...
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Where to use the term "the"? [closed]

I am reading a book in which the words "east" and "west" are sometimes used with "the", like " the east and the west", while other times it is used without the ...
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Using the definite article before the first noun in the phrase [noun] + of + [noun]

I asked this question stating whether we should use the definite article before the noun "manipulation" in the phrase "manipulation of formal symbols" or not, and I was told that ...
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Should the definite article before the word "manipulation" not be omitted?

I have seen the following sentence: He claims that thinking is merely the manipulation of formal symbols. However, in my opinion, the definite article before the word "manipulation should be ...
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Definite article 'the' with the word 'painting' when speaking about crafts

I'm writing an article about Russian traditional handicrafts, such as Khokhloma, Zhostovo, and Gzhel. I know the names of these styles/techniques do not require any determiner before them when I use ...
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"the percentage of the changes" vs. "the percentage of changes" and use of an article "the"?

I write the following two statements from the graph. Statements The given line graphs illustrate the percentage of the change in usage of the three electrical appliances. The given line graphs ...
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The + system/machine

From Wikipedia: The internal combustion engine is perhaps the most common example of a heat engine, in which... The internal combustion engine = all (general) internal combustion engines. Systems/...
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'at very high altitude', 'at very high altitudes': both are okay in this sentence?

I'd like to know and ask whether both the sentences below are correct. At very high altitude you will have difficulty breathing. At very high altitudes you will have difficulty breathing. My ...
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"xxx is true, physicists say": is it ambiguous about it means "some" or "generally"?

"xxx is true, physicists say" is a frequent pattern in headlines ( of articles that are often "not very accurate", especially when it is about sciences, especially on facebook ). ...
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Why have I to use zero article in a question? [closed]

Why do we not use article before noun fruit in this question? Do you like fruit?
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The phrase "in relationship" with zero article

Context: "God wanted to be in relationship with His people." Is it okay not to use an article before "relationship?"
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No article for noun + number?

I'd like to understand if there should always be no article before nouns followed by a number, like in the following examples: The train arrives at platform 5. The flight departs from gate 7. In my ...
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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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Why is there no article before "use" in "indefinitely suspended use of the vaccine"?

This is a sentence from Wikipedia, from article on Astra-Zeneca vaccine: On 14 April, the Danish Health Authority indefinitely suspended use of the vaccine. Why not "the use" is used here?
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bare plurals vs the+ plural nouns

The usage of "the" is really difficult. When it combines with the usage of plural nouns, it is hard to tell whether "the" should be used in front of the plural noun. I searched ...
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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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... others suggest that lively colors are (the) best because they make people happier [duplicate]

Do we need the 'the' in this sentence? While some have argued that pastels are better because they calm people down, others suggest that lively colors are (the) best because they make people happier. ...
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Why don't we use the definite article in "you have the experience of..."?

Consider these examples: Do you have the experience of working with kids? Do you have experience of working with kids? From what I have learned, we can use "the" with uncountable nouns ...
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school or the school?

Is the definite article necessary in both the following sentences? a. I forgot to bring the book to the school today. b. His home is only two blocks away from the school.
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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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Should I place an article before "20/20 vision"?

Having (a) 20/20 vision is the desirable condition of the eye. If you have (a) 20/20 vision you don't need glasses. (A) 20/20 vision is required for certain job positions. Is the article "a"...
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Use of articles in certain situations

I read that with certain places, "the" or the zero article can be used, but all depend on context. For example: I'm in hospital. (mainly indicates that you had a health problem, so you're ...
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Why is the definite article "the" used before some dances and with others not? [duplicate]

I crossed with two sentences: Tango is a partner dance and social dance that originated in the 1880s along to the Río de la Plata. How to dance the Tango. So, I got very confused because the ...
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Why isn't there an article before "conflict"?

Why isn't there an article before conflict in the following sentence? Difference in the pronouncement leads to conflict.
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"I am a boy." vs. "I am boy." How native speakers feel if there is no article like "a" or "an"?

"I am a boy." vs. "I am boy." How natives speakers feel if there is no article like "a" or "an"? Could anybody describe what kind of syntax or feeling you have ...
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Why don't these countable nouns have articles in this sentence?

Why exactly don't "header" and "body" need articles in the following sentence (as per this answer)? We've improved the visual separation between header and body in classes with ...
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Why zero article is used here

I came upon this sentence in a book I was reading ("Why Aren't They Shouting?" by Kevin Rogers): (...) it is always pored over by banks and their regulators for months after publication. ...
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What is the difference between using 'as president' and 'as a president'?

Someone asked why we can't use as the president/as a president in this sentence. When teachers were upset about the stringent accountability measures Barack Obama imposed on them as president. And ...
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Is there any difference in meaning with the use of the definite article?

According to http://amj.amegroups.com/article/view/4743/html In the sentence, "This study was designed to imagine the impact of the antioxidant metallothoinein (MT) on 'the' lipopolyssacharide (...
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Definite article vs zero article

I have problems with definite and zero articles in the following sentences: "I met a man you were talking about over THE telephone yesterday." "The wounded were examined by THE doctor ...
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No Article Problem: A Person’s Title? [duplicate]

I wonder how to explain this regular zero article in such constructions: Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrentheit 451. Karl Marx, creator of Marxism. I can see that the second example may be explained as ...
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"Snow" or "the snow"?

Should I use the definite article in front of the word snow here? I remember snow in late October many years ago Is this sentence grammatically correct?
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Are both “enjoying ᴛʜᴇ sun” and “enjoying sun” completely acceptable and fully equivalent?

I know that enjoying the sun is appropriate in this sentence: We passed by the harbor where some kids were taking a dip and other people were enjoying the sun. But I have noticed that just plain sun ...
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Is the definite article necessary before "treatment" in these sentences?

Can I use the definite article before the word "treatment" in a generic sense? If not, what's the difference in the meaning of these sentences? Several therapeutic agents have been ...
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that will be (the) result of

If you don't define a default or parameter-less Constructor for your class the C# compiler creates one for it. You're not going to see it, but it will be in the IL or Intermediate Language code that ...
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Why is no article used in this sentence?

I read the following sentence on Twitter: Today, a dream comes true. Koeman was part of the Dream Team Cruyff built. After the recent history of great managers, Koeman is here to continue that. Why ...
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Article before "possible WHO pre-qualification of the vaccine"

I am having a bit of hard time pondering over why there is not an article before "Possible who pre-qualification of the vaccine" in the following sentence: We are in close contact with ...
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"How was class?" vs. "How was the class?"

I've noticed that English native speakers sometimes omit the definite article before the word class when they ask how it was, even though it's clear what class they are talking about. So, let's say a ...
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Do you use a definite article or zero article followed by a prepositional phrase

In the following two (similar) sentences the definite article is used in one, but not the other. 1 Capital letters are used for the names of people,places and languages. 2.Capital letters are used for ...
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Why zero article? (plural noun)

Here's a quote from a book: In multithreaded programs there is often a division of labor between [zero article] threads. In one common pattern, some threads are producers and some are consumers. In ...
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"All the water" VS "All water"

I am a bit confused as to the difference - some use the definite article, some do not: -All water on Earth will evaporate in a billion years. -Not all water is composed of the same substances. -All ...
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My brother has turned writer VS. My brother has turned a writer

I encountered a quiz: My brother has turned _____ writer. I am proud of him. A. a B. the C. / D. an The answer key is C. As I understand, zero article might be ok here because writer is an ...
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"for _ dinner" vs "for A walk"

Why do we say "to invite someone for _ dinner" without any article whereas in "to go for a walk" we use one? Is there any general rule covering the cases or should they just be ...
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"at + noun" without article between

Consider these that's what I learned at school that's the major I learned at University she works at home How many people are working at Microsoft In those examples "at school", "at ...
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'My source has video of the crash site' and why not 'my source has a video of the crash site'? Why the article ‘a’ cannot be used?

My source has video of the crash site. and why not my source has a video of the crash site? Why the article a cannot be used? Also there are other sentences like we had a video made of our wedding. ...
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patients with diabetes OR the patients with diabetes

To my knowledge, if we indicate diabetic patients as a whole, 'patients with diabetes' is grammatically correct rather than 'THE patients with diabetes'. I don't understand why because we have to put ...
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Democratic values. Does it require the definite article?

I've read in Practical English Grammar that you don't usually put the definite article in front of so-called "half-general expressions". Is "Democratic values" in that category? Or does it require the ...
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How to correctly name photographs? (confusion with articles)

What to do in these examples?: "Pines in (the/zero article) fog"? https://images.fineartamerica.com/images/artworkimages/mediumlarge/1/foggy-pines-paula-apro.jpg "(An/0) eagle (in the/at) dusk"? ...
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zero article in 'at time of crisis' and 'led to disaster'

A paragraph in a Reuters article: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter that “human error at time of crisis caused by U.S. adventurism led to disaster,” citing an initial ...

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