Questions tagged [zero-article]

For questions about noun phrases that contain no articles, definite or indefinite.

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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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Does “could impede the installation” need a “the”?

I have this sentence (out of context): Detect any seabed relief forms and natural and/or man-made objects that could impede _ installation of offshore oil/gas production facilities. but Grammarly ...
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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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Why there's no article in the phrase “hurl into corner”?

I see the phrase "having this book hurled into corner of the room by the suspicious reader" in "No Story" by O. Henry. Why there's no article near the word "corner"? Is ...
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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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Rain and sun VS the rain and the sun

there! Which one is correct: I prefer rain to sun. Or I prefer the rain to the sun. According to dictionary examples, both are correct.
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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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The use of “a”, “the” and “zero article” before the brands of cars

Let's say I prefer the cars made by a certain company. Which article do I use in the following context? I prefer a Volvo. I prefer the Volvo. I prefer Volvo.
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Zero Article in Possessive Collocations

I was racking my brain to make the title clear but I don’t know how to name this article problem. It’s about a noun + of + noun. Let me give some examples. Song of the day. Man of the year. ...
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The commodity vs. commodity

What is the function of the definite article in the noun phrase "the commodity" in the phrase "the theory of the commodity"? What is the difference between the phrase with the definite article and the ...
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Usage of the and its omission

Are these sentences without the grammatical? Should I omit it or retain it? I love the people who love me. The People who love animals are very kind hearted.
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English article: a temperature vs temperature

I was looking the definition of temperature in Merriam-Webster. In count noun section, I noticed a sentence with no article before "temperature". If a noun is countable, we must use an article (a or ...
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Why no article?

I'm a university student of English and we are studying "Articles" in our grammar module. Our teacher gave us this sentence, "You have egg on your tie." And asked us why we haven't used an article. ...
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Leaving out “the” article, correct or not?

I am writing a scientific article and the title reads something like: Dimensionality reduction algorithms : tackling complex organization of datasets I had a doubt question, should I say "tackling ...
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The problem of zero article [duplicate]

I don’t understand when I should use zero article. Can you explain me usage of article in these sentences: 1. They have little experience. 2. You can have a little rest. I think in both cases we are ...
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Are all article combinations valid patterns for “the” ɴᴏᴜɴ of “the” ɴᴏᴜɴ?

Please consider: We should pay attention to the quality of the presentation. We should pay attention to the quality of presentation. We should pay attention to quality of presentation. We should pay ...
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Definite Article use before contract names and numbers

I've been struggling with the definite article and its usage in contracts' names. Please comment and explain, I would appreciate any help! P.S. Language of origin is Russian. Examples of the ...

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