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Questions tagged [zero-article]

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

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Sentence “Open in new window” in the explorer's context menu

Sure, this text comes from MS Windows explorer's context menu when you right click mouse on the folder. I am wondering if it is correct and "Open in a new window" is not more grammatical. If it is so, ...
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A question regarding using the definite article

Supposed that I already stated earlier that it was raining for while and I gave a good description of how it looked like. Now, I am wondering if I can use Rain without any articles so that only the ...
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can 'best' go without “the” here?

Best companies have best mangment. It's not a slogan or a headline - just a sentence from a text. Is it gramatically coorrect, or you still need 'the' before 'best' here? Somehow it sounds better ...
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“If you own” or “If you own a” when talking about a product in an ad

Let's say there is a game console called Bumby that can be used to play every single game available. "If you own Bumby, you won't need another console." "If you own a Bumby, you won't need ...
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Zero or indefinite article

Here are the examples where zero articles are used: Blockquote This is a tenant’s notice which does not have to be in statutory prescribed form but there is an example of how such a notice could be ...
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Why no article preceding “owner” in the phrase “owner Intercontinental Terminals Co. said”

The benzene probably arose from charred chemical tanks as overnight winds stirred remnants of their contents, owner Intercontinental Terminals Co. said. Full source I'm wondering why there is no ...
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Article or zero article

How to spell correctly? On the internet write with and without an article. Open in new tab Open in a new tab Examples: Open a URL in a new tab How to open link in new tab on html
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Advances in compiler and virtual machine technologies

In the official java tutorial we can read: However, advances in compiler and virtual machine technologies are bringing performance close to that of native code without threatening portability. I ...
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Articles in 'make time for'

Does anyone know why the phrase 'make time for' uses a zero article for time? I know time is uncountable and most phrases about time use a zero article (spend time, save time, etc), however if the ...
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Article. The word “Respect”

Why is there an article in the first example and not in the second? Oxfordlearnersdictionaries says that: [countable] a particular aspect or detail of something He felt a grudging respect for her ...
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The/A or no article

Is it right to say so without the article (like the first example), implying that he is engaged in his business? If not, in what situations can not use the article, as in the first example? He is ...
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The/A or no article: Fishing line

Does the word fishing line have a plural? Wikipedia says that there is a plural, and in the Longman Dictionary it is uncountable. There are no articles in similar sentences: Canada Goose ...
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Development VS A development

This a brief description of a software project I was involved in: Project description: Development of market analysts's applications. [These applications allow you to ...] Is it correct to ...
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Article or no article. The word “Stage”

How to understand whether it is necessary to put the article before this word and before other words like this? Dictionaries like this(enter link description here) don't give explanations or something ...
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Article or no article?

Why not use the article? The starting point of all achievements is the/a desire
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A or no article? “He is_____ racist.”

Why in most cases do not put the article "a", when you enter the sentence in the search? In the example on this site, the article is adding (OALD (American English)) Just enter in the search and you ...
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The or no article [closed]

Why not put the article for example in this sentence? The man of the match
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A or no article?

Why does the article apply here, although the word poses is plural? I have my digital camera, I force your mother to make a million poses. The phrase from the song:) (Motherlover)
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The use of the definite article before the adjective “basic” and a noun in context

Tell me please if I need to use the in the following sentence. I don't speak English fluently, but I know (the) basic grammar pretty well. I am in doubt whether to use the or not, because, for one ...
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“The,” or no article: “All _____ time.”

What is the difference? Or is it grammatically wrong? all time or all the time And if you make such a proposal, it will be wrong? The best artists of the time (When you add the article the ...
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“spirit of the law” VS “spirit of the laws” VS “spirit of law”

we should uphold the spirit of the laws to build a society based on the rule of law. we should uphold the spirit of the law to build a society based on the rule of law. we should uphold the spirit ...
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Where “a/the” aren't used?

Here is simple test with Google: Search "virtualization of hardware" (with quotes) - it will be 73600 results. "virtualization of a hardware" (with quotes) - 75 results "virtualization of the ...
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“The“, or no article: ”In the one hour"

Is it possible to use the article in the sentence below implying during this particular hour? or is it optional? In the one hour
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Give feedback or give a feedback?

I see "Give us a feedback" sometimes in software written by non-native English speakers and it sounds wrong to me, I think the article should not be there. Am I right? Perhaps for the same reason as ...
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Definite article before “office”

Consider the following sentence: I do not go to the office. Is this correct English? Can I drop the article? My guess is that then it would mean that there's no office I can go to. And original ...
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“I am machine” without an article?

I have a question about lyrics of a song "I Am Machine" by Three Days Grace. I mentioned that they used no article in this song. Is it grammatically okay to say "I am machine" without an article and ...
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What article do we need in this example?

They offer several payment methods, one of them being a credit card. They offer several payment methods, one of them being the credit card. They offer several payment methods, one of them being credit ...
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Zero Article Usage on Dissertation Title Page?

I'm close to finishing my Ph.D. at a state university and the required text on the dissertation title page appears incorrect to me. As specified by the university graduate college, the required text ...
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“the role of guide” or “the role of a guide”?

While Heaphy was in the role of hawk-eyed, sure-handed, specimen-procuring guide, Hochstetter, Haast and their colleagues were delighted by him and quick to sing his praises. (source) This sentence ...
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The omission of articles before the word “year” in context

Here is the context: Christmas is an especially difficult time of (a) year, but my kids and my husband have been really supportive and I'm much better now. It is from this article. I am aware that ...
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'The' vs zero article with 'Roman numerals'

What article, zero or definite, will be grammatically correct in the sentence below and why? How is the number 5 written in ___ Roman numerals? My answer was the zero article only, however my ...
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Why didn't they use the definite article before these words in this paragraph?

Last night, I was reading this article: The article Ok, probably you cannot download the paper then I toke a screenshot and uploaded it here for you: Please read this paragraph(Highlighted in the ...
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Why no articles preceding picture in “take picture after picture”?

Harry looked into the stands. Colin was sitting in one of the highest seats, his camera raised, taking picture after picture, the sound strangely magnified in the deserted stadium. I can probably ...
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“he was nobody” VS “he was a nobody”

Nobody, as a countable noun, can mean "a very unimportant person" as in: A man in my position has nothing to fear from a nobody like you. But I don't quite sure about this example from the free ...
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Why does the definite article appear in “the mid-40s”?

Why is the definite article used before mid-40s and 30s in this sentence from a Washington Post weather report? Highs are mainly limited to the mid-40s, with wind chills in the 30s so bundle up. I ...
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Is the definite article missing before “head position”?

Problems in the inner ear — where head position is perceived — are the most common cause of nystagmus, usually accompanied by vertigo. (source) According to Macmillan Dictionary (marked as countable) ...
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Article omission regarding specific theories in science

I am writing a paper which involves references to different theories. I wonder if you should use an article before, for example "social exchange theory" or not. I searched for it on Google Books and ...
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Is Vietnamese a noun or an adjective?

If I say I am Vietnamese. Is Vietnamese a noun or an adjective? According to OALD, Vietnamese can be a noun or an adjective. If it’s a noun, why don’t we say I am a Vietnamese? Because its meaning is ...
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Why the indefinite article is not used before institutions when we think of the general idea of these places?

I don't understand why the indefinite article is not used before institutions (prison, hospital, university, college, church, etc.) when we think of the general idea of these places and what they are ...
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article: excellence on [the] stage?

Is the bracketed definite article correctly used in the following? The Tony Awards recognize excellence on [the] stage and behind the scenes. A colleague wrote it, but the dictionaries I've ...
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Zero article before a noun

Please kindly help me understand the rules under which zero articles are used before the nouns appearing to be countable in these examples: As will be explained in [para] 2.3, several different ...
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condition - a / no article

Why in some cases condition is used with an article and in some cases with no article? For example: Considering its age, this house is in excellent condition. He was in a terrible condition ...
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Grammatically Correct? {Verb} {Plural Noun} For {Productive Noun} [closed]

Sentence #1 Why do game engines use gimbals for rotation? Sentence #2 Don't use gimbals for rotation. Grammarly says the 1st sentence is wrong, but no correction pops up on the 2nd sentence. Is ...
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“of high quality” or “of a high quality”

I would like to know which expression is the right one: they are of high quality OR they are of a high quality.
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Why can articles be omitted in this sentence?

But all the while, he lived in the guesthouse where authorities believe he turned from con man to killer. (source) This seems to be a case of article elision. Why can articles be dropped before "con ...
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“This time of year” v “this time of the year”

It seems to me "this time of year" is the idiomatic and common phrase of the two. Why is "this time of the year" wrong? Isn't there a song by Andy Williams called It's the Most Wonderful Time of the ...
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in factory - zero article?

In an English grammar book I found this sentence: Sarah got a job in factory. Is the absence of an article legitimate here? I would say the correct usage would be: ... in a factory. Am I correct?...
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What's the meaning of “whatever you are, you are woman”?

Whatever you are, you are woman. In the first look the meaning of the phrase seems clear, but it's hard to get. I wonder why the writer didn't say, "whatever you are, you are a woman. Could you ...
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The police or police [duplicate]

He must have called the police. OR He must have called police. I think we use the first one when we know about a specific group of police officers which we have called and the second one, when, ...
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Zero article before adjectival nouns with the word “or” between them

Tell me please why the speaker ommited the in the following sentence. I want all to have a share of everything, and everything be in common. There will no longer be either (the) rich or (the) poor. ...