Questions tagged [zero-article]

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

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Definite article in front of plural or uncountable nouns

Please help! I'm totally confused whether to use or omit the definite article in front of plural or uncountable nouns. I'm writing a scientific article. Here is an excerpt (N.B. ROS = reactive oxygen ...
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on a scholarship vs. on scholarship

Example (These cramped Moscow dorms provide a rare glimpse into college life in Russia): 1: Ndlovu, who attends the university on a scholarship, pays $10 a month for his room. "It's cheap. That's ...
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“I don't have the time to cook” or “I don't have time to cook”?

Should I say: I do not have the time. Or I do not have time. Which option is the correct one? If both are correct, is there any difference in meaning or other difference between them?
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I have to go to school. I have to go to the school [duplicate]

I have to go to school. I have to go to the school. Which is correct sentence? Can we use article before the word "School"?
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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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Should I put “an” to describe “knowledge”

I am trying to post an advertisement, which is: Job opportunity: A company located in XXX needs employees. Requirements: some knowledge about NoSQL (preferable Couchbase) and elasticsearch. ...
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A definite article before “silent mode”

Why do the natives of the English language not use a definite article before "silent mode" while saying, "My cell-phone is on silent mode."? Thanks a lot!
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I am going to the countryside

I am going to the countryside. Is there any occasion where countryside would be used without "the", so it would go like: I am going to countryside, or something else?
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Do we always use indefinite article before any course or degree like “M.A.”?

I've seen people using "a/an" before MA, BA, B.Tech, BE, MBA, etc. I want to know if "a/an" is always necessary to be used before the names of courses or degrees. Is it incorrect if I write MA without ...
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Which is right? After school vs after the school? [duplicate]

I wonder which sentence is the right one. What are you going to do after school? vs What are you going to do after the school? To me, I feel like "after the school" is the right one, but I ...
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Is this proper English “They have church building, but they're not church.”?

In a script I am working on a line is phrased within the movie: "They have church building, but they're not church." It is our job to edit the lines and make it more natural for the American ...
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“police said” - why not “the police said”?

Example with a context (news article: Russian police arrest three after dramatic Moscow shootout): In their last crime, the alleged robbers had grabbed more than 8 million rubles ($146,000) in an ...
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according to (article/no article) noun

Example with a context (How to Write Doc Comments for the Javadoc Tool): If you must document implementation-specific behavior, please document it in a separate paragraph with a lead-in phrase that ...
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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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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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Using “the” for mentioned general terms

I am not sure if the title describes my question here, but I am not sure whether I need to use the definite article in this context: Qualitative research instruments include interviews, focus ...
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'[That] includes publisher and date' — no article?

I stumbled upon this text: Many thanks go, first of all, to the authors of more than a thousand sentences quoted in Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style. Each author's name and the title of the work ...
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as author of this work — no article?

Example with a context (Introduction to Graphical User Interfaces with Java Swing by Paul Fischer, 2004) (From the page that comes at the very beginning of every book and contains copyright and ...
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it will be all ruble — article omission

Example with a context (Forget Tanks. Russia’s Ruble Is Conquering Eastern Ukraine): “The increasing use of the ruble is yet another sign Russia’s going to keep de facto sovereignty over the ...
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Lack of Articles in Headlines

Are there any rules as to an article before a noun in the singular in headlines please, i.e. lack of an article? Description of Type of Investment
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What is the difference between: “I have eaten a banana” and “I have eaten banana”?

I can't understand if "banana" or "a banana" has the same meaning. I can understand that "the" and "a" are for definite and indefinite nouns. But what about those which aren't preceded by either of ...
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what kind of an animal vs. what kind of animal

An excerpt from Java for Dummies, 6th Edition: If you already know what kind of an animal Java is and know that you want to use Java, skip Chapter 1 and go straight to Chapter 2. Believe me, I won’...
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in the Discussion or in *Discussion* or

In a scientific journal paper, when something is briefly discussed in one section (e.g., Introduction) and want to say it is further discussed in the discussion section (which is usually the last ...
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“the top levels of government” — why not “of THE government”?

Example taken from: Russia questions five suspects over Nemtsov killing: However no information has emerged as to the possible motive the men could have had in killing the charismatic opposition ...
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Zero article before emperor in “You will not be emperor”

Emperor is a countable noun according to the Cambridge dictionary. Why the zero article is used in the following sentence? You will not be emperor. (Gladiator) Comparing to the similar construction ...
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“Have you ever had surgery?” Why does surgery in this sentence have no article?

Can't we ask instead, Have you ever had a surgery? Is surgery a countable noun? I guess we can speak of surgeries in the plural form. Why should we use zero article in this sentence? Update: What ...
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Adjective or possessive?

Consider the following sentence: Who is the president of France? I want to build a shorter sentence and I don't know if I should use a noun adjective or possessive mark: Who is the France's ...
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Why should we use “the” in “the political implications”?

Which of the following expressions is correct?: The political implications of ... Political implications of ... Is the The necessary here? When I search the web using Google, in most cases The is ...
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suspend implementation for a week — why no article?

Usage example with a context: Tusk said the EU would go ahead anyway with new sanctions against 19 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and nine entities next week, despite having agreed on Monday to ...
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dreams of empire — why no article in front of “empire”?

Usage example with a context: Close to the end of the World War II, as Nazi dreams of empire were collapsing in flames, a noted French collaborationist explained how the Germans did it all wrong. ...
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Add “the” before “of”

I am confused with the usage of "the" before an of". City of Pain A City of Sadness Why the first example does not add "a" or "the" before the word "city"? Actually, the first one is a ...
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Best short professional voicemail [closed]

The following is the voice-mail I have constructed. Please correct me if you see any grammatical errors or if the flow of the sentence doesn't sound right. Hello. You have reached (name). ...
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(The) companies engaged in this field - is article needed?

In the year 2014, Uzbekistan's chemical production grew by 9% relative to 2013. In the period under report, the companies engaged in the field increased their outputs of the following products: ...
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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 phrases usages; you can ...
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Be at / in the / in hospital [duplicate]

I have seen the difference between 'go to hospital' and 'go to the hospital'. Now what is the diffrence of the following three sentences Be at hospital. Be in hospital. Be in the ...
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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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The interpretation of the general reference

Often when we use the zero article article, we talk generally. When we use "the" - we talk about something specific. I asked the similar questions but now some ideas struck my mind and I wish to ...
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from chilliest era of the Cold War — where did the article go?

Source: A new Cold War with Russia? Last week the U.S. House voted overwhelmingly in favor of an anti-Russia resolution so full of war propaganda that it rivals the rhetoric from chilliest era of ...
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Omitting the article before defining relative clause

We use the definite article before defining a relative clause when we mean specific instances— this is a well-known rule. What if we omit an article in order to say something in a more general way, ...
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Zero article meaning some particular thing

Please, help me with the meaning of the sentence: "Flowers in my room brighten it up" 1) Can zero article here mean that I talk about real flowers that are now in my room, in general meaning? 2) Or ...
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When can an article be omitted? [duplicate]

I am aware that articles are the modifiers, which introduce a noun/noun_phrase in a sentence, and by the rules of English grammar we should use an article before referring to a noun in a sentence. ...
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No article before “forward”?

Former Manchester United defender says his old club is 'mad' to sell Danny Welbeck to Arsenal and expects forward to be a huge success at the Emirates. Is "forward" here a noun as in expect somebody ...
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“calculus” and “the calculus” - what's the difference?

Example: Now, if you picked up the book and looked through it, the first thing you'd notice is that it was presented in the imposing format that the ancient mathematician Euclid had used in his ...
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the amount of bandwidth between client and server - no articles in front of “client” and “server”?

Additionally it frees resources on the server making it more responsive, and it tends to reduce the amount of data transmitted between the server and the browser. This is especially the case when the ...
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articles in “A game in normal form”

I would like to know why there is no article (say "a") in front of the word "normal" in the phrase A game in normal form? This phrase is standard in game theory.
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form / a form - when uncountable and when countable?

Here's an excerpt from a book on computer hardware: Computers don't judge the information they process because they don't really process information. They process symbols represented by electrical ...
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He was state champion and national record holder

Why is there no article used with state champion and national record holder in this sentence? In high school he was state champion and national record holder. What would happen if a or the were ...
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(The) construction of the plant started in 1963

Suppose we're writing about a power plant that had the first sod turned on the plot chosen for its construction back in 1960's and has been in actual operation since early 1970's. What would be the ...
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Should the reporter have used the definite article “the” before the phrase “old wine”

As we know, wine is an uncountable noun in English. I was reading the news and in the news the reporter has used the phrase "old wine". Being an Indian everyone knew that the reporter was talking ...
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In which situations is it OK to omit articles in short sentences?

Recently, in many new online software I often see that developers omit articles in short sentences, especially on action buttons or tooltips. For instance: "Add new task" (not "Add a new task"), "...