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(the) capital punishment and (the) death penalty

From what I have seen so far the word death penalty is used with the definite article as often as without. But apparently this is not the case with the word capital punishment according to Ngram. Why ...
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article before “clause” in “..make the purchaser aware of the provisions of clause 9 of the standard contract”

The purchaser's solicitor has a duty to make the purchaser aware of the provisions of clause 9 of the standard contract. This is an extract from a book. Shouldn't there be an article "the" before ...
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Why is there no definite article before “Western democracy”?

In doing so, Mawdudi is not attemping to incorporate the liberal values of Western democracy. Why did the author not use a definite article before Western? Should it not be used though? Since it ...
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Should one use the definite article before “peptide LC 10-28”?

The examination of the mass-spectra showed an absence of the oxidized form of peptide LC 10-28, thus we determined only the contents of oxidized peptides HC 150-156 and HC 118-140. I'm not sure about ...
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“English”, “the English” or “an English”? [duplicate]

Well, one thing came in my mind when I've posted a comment on SO. Comment is: Do you understand English? Can we write the English or an English ? I'm generally use Grammar Checker when i confuse, ...
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Usage of article with “one more”

Can we use an article before "one more"? For example: "Please give me a one more coffee." Thanks in advance!
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Is it correct to use zero article in this sentence?

There is an exercise in Gateway B1 Student's book, page 13, where you need to choose the correct article. The answer key for this sentence: The results show that ∅ / the teenagers who eat with ...
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What was Jobs trying to say when he said “It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it”

I can't fully understand the following sentence: I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn't been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. ...
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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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“There was no student” or “There were no students”? Which is correct?

According to this website, "You must put an article in front of a singular count noun.". So my question is "There was no student" is a wrong sentence, isn't it? & "There were no students" is the ...
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Why there is Zero article?

Wealthy London homeowners planning to dig underground extensions beneath their properties will be hit by Britain's first "basement tax" in a fresh crackdown on so-called iceberg homes. Under ...
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Definite article before place name [duplicate]

Sometimes people say: I am going to visit the Taj Mahal. But sometimes: I am going to visit Taj Mahal. What is the difference between these two sentences? The definite article becomes ...
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“She speaks an impeccable English” vs “She speaks impeccable English”

What is the difference between these sentences? She speaks an impeccable English. She speaks impeccable English. I understand both are correct but is one simply more specific because of ...
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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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“In chat” vs “in the chat”

Which one is correct? Short questions are welcome in chat, like if you want to ask about a sentence. or Short questions are welcome in the chat, like if you want to ask about a ...
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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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(The) existence of a solution, (the) uniqueness of the solution

I want to write a sentence like We consider the equation f(x)=0. We show (the) existence of (a) solution and (the) uniqueness of (the) solution. I want to know if the above sentence uses correctly "...
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Why neither “the” or “a” is used to identify a mug (see details below)?

Just noticed my coffee mug lid has text saying "See important warning on bottom of mug". Why it's not "bottom of the mug"? It is very specific mug this lid connected to, this is why I expect it to be "...
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Can you explain about the proper combination of verb with noun in this sentence?

Source This was a statement I read in the Times of India newspaper about Purple Prince: He rocked a braggadocio guitar and spandex and eyeliner and a feminine ache and a chest full of hair and, ...
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“She's the author of” or “She's author of”? - which one is correct?

What's the difference in the usage of the article "the" with the word "author"? Why is the article "the" left in the second sentence? She's the author of "The Power of Glamour," "The Future and Its ...
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“… is called Minkowski space” or “is called the Minkowski space” and WHY?

I met both constructions in quite respectable texts. Is it a matter of taste, or of a shade of meaning?
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Which is more appropriate - 'experience in design/experience in the design/experience in designing' ?

Consider the following sentences: A: He has 2 years of experience in design and development of software. B: He has 2 years of experience in the design and development of software. C: He has 2 years ...
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The lack of food, about the definite article “the”

If I want to tell somebody that Chinese people have a lot of food and that they eat cats and dogs for other reasons, can I say: The reason why Chinese people eat cats and dogs is not because of the ...
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Is, “deliberately” dropping articles almost equal to the English grammar?

Can we say we can call it the English grammar when the speaker drops the articles because of the difficulties of the pronunciation?????? For example, please listen to the link's speech. The U.S ...
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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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into night or into the night

I thought of another question led by a question in an exam. The paper is due next month, and I am working seven days ______ week, often long into______night. A. a; the B.the; / C.a; a D./; ...
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How to distinguish countable and uncountable senses?

The general rule is to use an article for countable nouns (i.e. nouns permitting a plural) and no article for uncountable nouns. However, some nouns may be countable in one sense and uncountable in ...
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The article usage: The grassland [duplicate]

I can't decide whether to use the in these sentences. [The] white chalk rock underground has formed beautiful hills and valleys. [The] grassland has a lot of flowering plants. [The] ...
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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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Meaning of zero article in headlines: “Man has serious injuries after being rescued” [duplicate]

Man has serious injuries after being rescued from a "deep hole". This is a headline in a newspaper and I am wondering why there is no article before "Man". Why it is not "A man" as the sentence ...
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ride the bus or ride a bus or ride bus

I usually say "I'm gonna ride the bus" But why is it "the" instead of "a" or nothing. Sometimes a noun doesn't need "the" or "a" Like some people say "call transportation" or "goto school" ...
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“in terms of the number” or “in terms of number”?

I once heard of that the article "the" can be omitted after "of". So which sentence should I choose, "in terms of the number of something" or "in terms of number of something"? At the same time, ...
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“I was reading posts there” vs. “I was reading the posts there”

This is my post from History Stack Exchange. I was reading posts there and one specific issue interested me. That's why I wrote that post. Should I use the when referring to posts on History SE in ...
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The usage of the definite article

I'm watching a movie about an asteroid colliding with the Earth. At some point I saw a caption: 10 days until impact Why isn't it 10 days until the impact There is one particulat impact that ...
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Is “Bananas grow in a tropical climate” grammatically correct?

I'm trying to learn grammar from an IETLS book, In one of the fill in the blank type question, there is one question such as : Bananas grow in _______. The answers page says that the correct ...
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“in the noble gases” vs. “in noble gases” — would it be okay to omit the definite article?

From ChemGuide: Molecules are made of fixed numbers of atoms joined together by covalent bonds, and can range from the very small (even down to single atoms, as in the noble gases) to the very ...
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Why do we not use the definite article in “Where can I find the room 401?”

Last week in college, a student [with a thick South Asian accent] asked me: "Excuse me, where can I find the room 401?". I realized that to my native English ears, the word "the" sounded non-...
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Why is “a” used here?

This pain that has troubled me on a Sunday evening... Why "a" instead of "on Sunday evening"? What's the difference? It's like not every Sunday evening but every other week or so? it's present ...
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What is this over?

"I walked over hill and valley" from a workbook Does this mean walk all over hill and valley? or other things?
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before we get to yuppie — why no article in front of “yuppie”?

Source: short audio clip Transcript: So, what is a yuppie? Well, actually before we get to yuppie, we need to go back in time. Let's go back all the way to the 1940s. Now, a couple months ago, in ...
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Using “the” in this sentence: “I won the first place at the tournament”

Here is the sentence where I am confused as to whether I should put the or not: "I won first place at the tournament" OR "I won the first place at the tournament" Which one is correct ...
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“as an algebra” or “as algebra” (zero article or indefinite article)?

This is a grammar question in the context of mathematics. Introduction of the context: I use the word "algebra" here in the sense of a mathematical object (see Algebra over a field (Wikipedia)). ...
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Can I use a generic noun in this sentence?

I wrote: In recent years,some/several powerful dependency parsers, such as MaltParser, have been introduced which can be used for different languages. What if I write it as: In recent years, ...
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When to add “the/a” after “to/at/of”?

From the novel The Old Man and the Sea He looked back at the coils of line and they were feeding smoothly. Just then the fish jumped making a great bursting of the ocean and then a heavy fall. Then ...
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be it plane, helicopter, car or robot — why is there no article in front of “plane”?

Example: Be it plane, helicopter, car or robot, power has different forms. Accelerating slowly but eventually going as fast as you can takes the same amount of power as accelerating a heavy load ...
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“…type/kind of + indefinite article + singular noun…”

Q) "What type/kind of (a) compressor is used in a rocket engine?" A) "The compressor used in a rocket engine is called the rocket-engine ...
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Is “stabilise society” without an article acceptable usage?

Zeman, who paid a four-day state visit to China on October 24-27, has told Chinese Television that he did not go to China to teach lessons on human rights but, on the contrary, to learn ways to ...
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“the bounds of keyboard and cables, of monitor and mouse” - why no articles?

Source: How Computers Work by Ron White Example: The deskless PC has long been computing's holy grail, a computer that slips the bounds of keyboard and cables, of monitor and mouse, to soar free ...
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Should you put an “a” before some words?

I read this on a website: A skilled customer service provider must develop abilities to effectively assess a situation, establish rapport, defuse anger, and work with wide diversity of customer ...
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Determiners in English sentence. Is it ok to say?

Do I need any determiners in the sentence below in general statement? Strong winds destroy homes. Is it ok to say in English in specific situation? The strong wind destroyed the homes in North ...