Questions tagged [zero-article]

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

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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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“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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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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'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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“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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Cats drink milk vs Cat drinks milk

Both sentences indicate generality but is there any difference between them? Or when there is preference to one than the other? Thank you
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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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Zero or indefinite article

Here are the examples where zero articles are used: 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 worded at…....
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Correct article to use before noun + preposition

May you give me an explanation on what's the difference if I say these following sentences : Cream is a part of milk that contains fat. And Cream is the part of milk that contains fat.
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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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This is (a) team work

This is team work. This is a team work. Which is correct? You work or collaborate together with someone is the intended meaning.
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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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Use/nonuse of articles in 'a state of residual charge of battery of a microphone at a…'

I know you put 'a', 'an', or 'the' for countable nouns. But I sometimes see some phrases without the articles when they are supposed to be included. For example, a state of residual charge of ...
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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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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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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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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 does the English language need the definite article to refer unique items?

Isn't that obvious what we are talking about in the following sentences? If it is obvious, why we need an extra word in there? The world is beautiful. World is beautiful. The pope said these words. ...
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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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“by giving written notice to the other party” (why no article?)

Is it incorrect to say “by giving a written notice to the other party”? In what situations would you require an article?
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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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Research Investigating the Cause / The Research Investigating the Cause

Could someone explain why is there no definite article before the word research? As you may have guessed, research investigating the cause of the discrepancy in sales has shown that people want to ...
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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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The vs Zero Article - 'the' rights and '-' well-being

I was reading an article and saw the following sentence: Its main aim is to safeguard the rights and well-being of the refugees. I do not understand why they haven't used the rights and the well-...
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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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“To treat someone as property” or “to treat someone as a property”?

"He treats his dog as property." or "He treats his dog as a property." I suspect that the former is correct, is it?
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performance of something vs. the performance of something

I asked my American friend to take a look at these three sentences and pay particular attention to how the word performance was used. To him, they all sounded fine. But what bugs me personally about ...
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Whether every noun needs one article to describe one person

He was an exceptional planner, an amazing teacher and friend Well, I have little doubts about the articles in this sentence.It has articles before two of the nouns and the third is left out. Doesn't ...
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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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Can I use article 'the' with a plural noun?

according to this article (Use 15), it's against the rule to use an article 'the' before a plural countable noun (e.g. pictures, flowers, horses etc.) sentence: I've just sent you the pictures In ...
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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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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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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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Enlgish Article “the” vs no article

Consider the sentence below. The total mass is the sum of the mass of all components. I do not understand why definite article "the" is followed by the word "mass." Why the word "mass" is specific?...
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English Definite Article “the” with “Same”

I know we often use the English article "the" before nouns. But I have noticed this is not always true. According to the Oxford dictionary, "Same" is used as Adjective, Pronoun, and Adverb. Oxford ...
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Correct use of articles with nationalities

Why do you think Italians are so good at football? Why shouldn't we put "the" before Italians? It's a concrete group of people. Another example: Americans speak English differently to the British....
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Why is there not an article before “top” in the phrase - “The duck is on top.”

I read in a children's book, Bliff’s fun phonics: "The duck is on top." "Top" is supposed to be countable. Why is there not an article before "top" in the phrase?
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Definite article alongside “use”

I've got these two examples: However, use of these drugs is discouraged by pregnant women or women trying to conceive and should be thoroughly discussed with your health care provider and ...
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Articles in front of a title

I would like to know if I should omit an article in front of a title. For example, NPR's Michel Martin speaks with American University professor Allan Lichtman about the prediction he made two ...
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“in the light of” vs “in light of”

I see that both phrases "in light of" and "in the light of" are used and people considering both to be correct. Look here and here. Also there is a large corpus supporting both ...
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Which is correct in this case? “the document” or “a document”

a document "I was writing a document this morning which I need to submit to my boss by the end of this week." the document "I was writing the document this morning which I need to submit to ...
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Does every singular countable noun must be used with an article with it?

Source There are categories of nouns like:proper nouns, common nouns, material nouns, compound nouns, countable nouns, uncountable(nouns) or mass nouns, collective nouns, concrete nouns, abstract ...
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What does “power of something” mean?

I would like to comprehend the meaning of the phrase power of art. An example, for some context: You are a person that appreciates the power of art. How do I use this phrase "The power of art" and ...
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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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“Writing a business letter” vs “Writing business letters”

Am I right that we need indefinite article in this sentence: Writing a business letter. but we don't need any article in this sentence: Writing business letters. (it could be a title for a ...

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