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How to pick right article here? The correct way of doing smth vs. a correct way of doing smth. vs correct way of doing smth

If there is a unique correct way, then "the correct way". If there are several different ways, all of which are "correct" then "a correct way" The correct way to spell &...
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Is (the) article necessary in "All the light we cannot see"?

I feel that removing the article makes the title make less sense. In "all the light", the definite article the means some specific light - in this case, the specific light that we cannot ...
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Why isn't there an article before "proportion"?

What is functioning as a determiner, so you cannot use an article as well. What town do you come from? What song did they play? (You may occasionally encounter what a or what the, but only in ...
3 votes

There is a / the most important thing

A sentence beginning with There is usually announces the existence of something. There is someone asking for you on the phone. There is a fly in my soup. As you know, the definite article usually ...
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There is a / the most important thing

When used as an adverb of degree, 'most' has two uses. Webster's dictionary gives these two definitions: to the greatest or highest degree to a very great degree So it can mean the highest, or just ...
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Should we use a/an before a bracket starting with a vowel?

From comments: The brackets don't affect the pronunciation, so it's an as though the bracket wasn't there. Also: Alternative ways of setting off parenthetical matter, such as commas, or em dashes, ...
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By bus - by a big bus

By bus indicates the mode of transport rather than the particular vehicle. If you want to describe the bus itself, say on/in a big bus.
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autocorrect -- articles

You are right that Microsoft capitalises AutoCorrect because it is the proper name for their spelling correction software. Apple seems to use Auto-Correction. However, it is quite common for specific ...
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By bus - by a big bus

The word "big" is a red herring here. The important word is "a". When you say "by bus" you are referring to the bus system. It actually doesn't say how many bus ...
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Changes have been submitted vs the changes have been submitted

You should say: the changes were committed because they are specific changes that ideally you would have documented with your commit. If you told me "changes were committed," I might feel ...
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How to pick right article here? The correct way of doing smth vs. a correct way of doing smth. vs correct way of doing smth

"Hey George, what is the correct way of reporting my working time? Here, "the" implies that there is only one correct way. (There may be a lot of incorrect ways.) The makes its noun (...
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--/an/the only one

(1) As I parse this: 'one way' is a singular noun, qualified by the adjective 'only'. It is singular. There are indefinite pronouns, including 'no-one', 'someone', 'anyone', and everyone. These refer ...
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How to pick right article here? The correct way of doing smth vs. a correct way of doing smth. vs correct way of doing smth

Although there may be valid reasons for using the string 'a best practice', and certainly 'a best-seller', 'We each had a best friend we would never abandon', the usual rule, as you suggest, is that ...
1 vote

you have had a giant win streak -- pronunciation of "a"

Actually, if you stress the a, you are emphasizing the fact that there is one giant win streak. In other words, you're saying he's had less giant win streaks than others. You should stress the "...
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Articles with professions/roles

In example 1, generally talking about the profession, you would use A. In example 2, explaining what the role of the person is, you would use The. In example 3, explaining what a person of a certain ...
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There is a / the most important thing

Starting with 'there is the/a' doesn't really function well, no matter where you are heading with the overall sentence. You could get away with "There is one important thing", which at least ...
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