Questions tagged [zero-article]

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

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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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“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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Definite article vs. no article in front of plant names used generically

There's a rule that when we use a noun generically, we either put the definite article in front of it or use the plural form: The tiger is in danger of becoming extinct. Tigers are in danger ...
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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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“A special interest” vs. “special interests”

I’m writing a short paragraph about myself. I find it hard to determine what article I should use in this following sentence: I have a special interest in learning languages, computer programming, ...
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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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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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Do I use definite/indefinite articles properly in this example?

I have so many problems to find the proper usage of defnite vs indefinite articles. Could you please see the example below and tell me if I made a mistake, and what is the proper general rule/ why the ...
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You know how to turn on (the) printer(s)!

You know how to turn on (the) printer(s)! A child has turned on a computer and you are making a mark. It is the printer, but you are not limiting your meaning to this occasion and you mean printers ...
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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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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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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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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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Why is the definite article “the” used in this sentence?

Explain how the addition and removal of energy can cause a phase change. Is it still correct or does it still mean the same if the definite article "the" is removed and zero article is used instead ...
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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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Articles for the words “camp” & “pub”

1) I've just read this article http://masteringarticles.com/object-activity-nouns/ and it says that "pub" is not a common activity noun, so when we say I want to go to the pub the word should be ...
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leap year or a leap year

The year with an extra day is called leap year. This sentence is from an article about "Calendar". I want to know why the article is dropped before leap year. In my opinion, the article ...
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The vs zero article

I have to work during church time so I watch ur service on Facebook. This was a facebook comment from someone to a pastor video. Why does he say church time not the church time ? ... because the ...
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Definite article or not in “after (the) deformation”?

Is the word the, that sometimes is put after the word after, optional? For example, what sentence is more appropriate? (A) or (B)? (A) After deformation, a point in the plane takes other position. ...
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Is it necessary to repeat the determiner “the” in the following case?

which is correct as a title: "The river system and the water supply" or "the river system and water supply"? And would you remove all determiners and leave it like this: "River system and water supply"...