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An Article is used before a noun to indicate if the noun is something particular (the) or a member of a class (a/an).

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Either the or an is possible there, although the is probably more likely. The makes a noun phrase definite, and we most often use definite noun phrases when we think the reader can identify the refe …
answered Aug 22 '17 by AmE speaker
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The natural and straightforward thing to say is Some friends of mine The bare plural friends of mine is not the most straightforward/natural thing to say. As you've stated, of mine design …
answered Aug 2 '17 by AmE speaker
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there's more than one person in the world named John Smith, we can use the name as a common noun; and in doing so we can use it with articles, as in the example above, and in the plural, as in …
answered Nov 29 '17 by AmE speaker
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As soon as you say Imagine a beach you can refer to things usually found or associated with a (any) beach using the definite article. The same for anything: it was an old house and the front door cr …
answered Sep 8 '17 by AmE speaker
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You will want to stick with a ____ly basis. Using the in this context is rare and thus reserved for contexts that are specialized or have been used since the 1950s. So, you will want to say/write …
answered Sep 19 '18 by AmE speaker
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Talking on phone and other expressions that do not use articles where we would expect them are written in a style called headlinease1. This type of writing is characterized by the removal of …
answered Nov 28 '17 by AmE speaker