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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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Is “the technology” correct in this sentence or not and why?

This was my statement: "You have to submit to the technology and instead of fighting against its functions try to adapt yourself ... " Then somebody corrected a part of my sentence to " . . ...
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Which one is correct? "due to (an|some|non-article) application error(s) [closed]

(A) When a form submission fails due to an application error, (B) When a form submission fails due to some application errors, (C) When a form submission fails due to application errors, ...
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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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Why there's no article with 'Mexican' and 'an' with American in sentence:

"She’s Mexican. But she’s married to an American." (Pimsleur English course)
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'The' after 'due to' is compulsory?

I often the use-cases where 'due to' is followed by the article 'the', but I cannot find whether this 'the' is grammatically compulsory or not on the internet. Can anyone comment whether this is a ...
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Articles of a bullet-pointed sentence?

I frequently noticed that sentences in a bullet-point list do not start with articles like 'a' or 'the'. For example, today I saw the usage below: Professor is coming around 3:00 PM. Rather than ...
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What is the difference between “is mandatory” and “is a mandatory”?

Which best fits this sentence? For conferencing to happen, internet connection is _________. mandatory a mandatory When I try to search, I found both of them in use and I got confused....
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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"...
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A question about articles- “the source of the ambiguity” Vs “source of the ambiguity”

Suppose that we have a piece of writing which is ambiguous in some parts. Now, I want to give my reason about the issue. I want to use the noun source. (I know I can say that in many ways) I would ...
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Leave class vs leave the class

So, “May I go to the bathroom?” is “Will you please permit me to leave class and go to the bathroom?” I guess leave class would be leave the class since both the speaker and the listener know which ...
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Is it alright to quote someone's words this way?

I am writing a diary, and I want to begin it with a famous quote, but I am not sure whether it is acceptable to do it this way: Jeff Atwood, [article] CTO of Stack Overflow, said that "The English ...
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There is no 'the' in 'in liver of rhesus monkeys'

I have read a title of a paper on pubmed like this: Aging increases mitochondrial DNA damage and oxidative stress in liver of rhesus monkeys. (source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22027539) ...
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When should one use articles with adjective+proper noun?

I've always thought that we don't use articles when the adjective is descriptive as in "Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas". And that we do use them when the adjective makes the proper noun different from ...
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(The?) Lions in the zoo are very aggressive [duplicate]

We use a plural count noun with no article if we mean all or any of that thing. For example: Lions are very aggressive. I don't like lions. We only use the with general ...
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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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“An almost any question” vs “Almost any question”

I'm trying to understand the difference between these two sentences: "Google can provide an answer to an almost any question." vs "Google can provide an answer to almost any question." I understand ...
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“the assistant nurse” vs. “an assistant nurse”

Which article (an/the) is correct in this context? This is an exercise we had to complete in our grammar class. I filled it up like this: Write the missing articles, if one is needed. A: Who ...
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Articles with food and structure “I have”

I have a pineapple for lunch. I have pineapple for lunch. Which version is correct? What about these examples? I have soup for dinner. I have a soup for dinner. I have apple and ...
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British colonies or the British colonies?

An example where this got me stumped: An 1833 Act for the Abolition of Slavery throughout the British Colonies Why the definite article before the "British"? From my point of view, that would be ...
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How can I explain the uses of the definite article in these sentences?

How can I explain the uses of the definite article in these sentences? "The school teaches blind people to read" "Louis Braille created a writing system to allow the blind to read"
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Save fuel or save the fuel?

I heard this phrase once: "He was driving slowly to save fuel." However it says about some particular fuel, which is in the tank, so using the definite article would be more logical. Why the article ...
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Do we need the article after “by”?

I've encountered many phrases like It was performed by band the Beatles It was made by machine ...which was built by architect [name] So, I guess when we want to state that something came into ...
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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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Why don't we use “the” before “third gear”?

Or fifth, fourth, whatever. Omitting the article would make sense if it were "gear five". But with gear being a countable noun, I'm totally stumped. For example, Whenever I start my car I switch ...
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An article before a description

Should one use an article before a description, as in You should stick to _ rule "think quality". or Look at _ sign "Elderly people"! ? I guess the same rule used as in "Room 4" or "Table 2", i.e. no ...
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Why is there the indefinite article in: “a Victorian 23 knots”?

I've recently watched Top Gear and one of the presenters said there: ...In fact, I was only doing a Victorian 23 knots. Why did he use the indefinite article when the noun is in the plural? And what ...
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Indefinite article with the word “gay” — “Is he gay?” vs. “Is he a gay?”

Do we need to place the indefinite article "a" before the noun "gay" or should we rather use the adjective? As far as I'm concerned we say, "He is gay" And not, "He is a gay" According to the Google ...
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The indefinite article with “command”

Wiktionary says that "command" is always countable, with no exceptions given. However, I've seen both "a command" and "command": The fort has command of the valley The tower provides a wide ...
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Without (the / no article) air and water, living things could not survive

Could you please advise whether I should use definite article 'the' in the below sentence? I'm helping my little sister with an exercise of filling suitable article(s) into the blank of the sentence: ...
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“The afternoon tea” vs “afternoon tea”

1) Which is correct: A) At weekends, afternoon tea is a special occasion. B) At weekends, the afternoon tea is a special occasion. 2) Should I say "at the weekends"?
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reachability of a host vs. the reachability of a host

Source: UNIX System Administration—A Beginner's Guide by Steve Maxwell (2002) Example: This is useful so that the user can quickly determine reachability of a host without wasting additional time ...
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“room 7” “page 44”: Why no def. article “the”? [duplicate]

Can anyone simply explain why the following expressions do not take the definite article “the”? I know (as a native speaker) that no article is needed; just looking for the precise grammar functioning ...
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“School issued delay” or “a delay” or any alternative expression? Why?

Yesterday night there were cold wind, mist, and black ice on the road, so my school district had its school start delayed for 2 hours this morning. So if I were to write a school news article about ...
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When does one drop the article after “with”?

This question was already asked here, but didn't receive a proper answer. In a book on writing papers in english, one reads that the article is omitted "in some expressions describing a noun". The ...
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When to use “such” before a noun and when to use “such a/an”?

Should you put an “a” here in the blank after such? Alpha is supposed to warrant the connection between Beta and Gamma. But ____ connection seems to be already warranted. Which one is correct ...
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What should I use a or the to talk about something in general?

When should I use "a" or "the" to talk about something in general? The first example: The computer has revolutionized A computer has revolutionized The second example: The computer is an ...
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Should I write “solitude” or “a solitude” in the following sentence?

Sentence: After a few days, the fresh flavor of the food became (a) stale solitude. I'm a bit confused about the word solitude. It sounds countable and non-countable at the same time. So I don't ...
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“A dog” or “the dog” or “dogs” … which to use when speaking in general terms about dogs

Could you tell me all the possibilities of interpretation of this sentence. I like a dog. I know we should put "dogs". But sometimes I find some books say "I like a dog." Or like A dog is ~~~(...
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Where are determiners required?

Please have a look at this sentence: I'm French-speaking person. Is this correct grammatically? I would use an indefinite article this way: I'm a French-speaking person. Would you agree please?
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A possibility vs the possibility

I found both expressions. There is a possibility that he will come. There is the possibility that it was deliberate. What's the difference?
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No vs not a vs not any

How would you understand if I say He is not a teacher. He is no teacher. He is not any teacher.
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Why do we need “THE” in this sentence?

Golden moles The golden moles belong to the same branch on the tree of life as the tenrecs, called Tenrecomorpha, which in turn stem from a main branch of placental mammals called the ...
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“I bought both a red and a white roses”? Are the articles and the verb correct?

"I was not sure which colour is better, so I bought both a red and a white roses" Is it correct that there are articles and that the verb is plural?
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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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zero article vs indefinite article vs plural

1- I like working in classroom 2- I like working in classrooms. 3- I like working in a classroom What are the differences here ? My guess is that 1 and 2 are synonyms and the speakers are ...
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The victims or victims?

Why is it "the victims" in this sentence? "Mr. Trump stated, "Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes ...
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Which is natural and correct in “I prefer train/a train/trains/the train to other methods.”?

This question is related to the form of a noun, like whether to add an article or not in some sort of contexts. Which noun form is natural and correct below? I prefer train/a train/trains/the ...
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Can the definite article “the” follow phrases like “a number of” or “a lot of” and why?

Can the definite article, "the" be used after the idiomatic phrases like "a number of" or "a lot of"? And I would like to know the reason for the answer. I made example sentences below. A number ...
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Would this sentence be incorrect If we omit the definite articles?

Bridge relays (or "bridges" for short) are Tor relays that aren't listed in the main Tor directory. Since there is no complete public list of them, even if your ISP is filtering connections to all ...