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Why is it "the North Island" and not "North Island" in New Zealand?

It is not at all uncommon in English (and other languages) for established regions of countries to be prefixed with a definite article. See: the Camargue (in France) the Algarve (in Portugal) the ...
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Why is it "the North Island" and not "North Island" in New Zealand?

Naming is highly ideosyncratic. While there are some common patterns, there are also many exceptions, and this is one of them. You can't usually identify reasons for the exceptions, they just happen ...
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Why is the `the` determiner missing before the word camp?

For historical reasons, some words for places don't always require an article. "Camp" is one of those words. All of these are correct, for instance: My father is at church. Joe got sent ...
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Why is it "the North Island" and not "North Island" in New Zealand?

Speaking as a NZer, it's the North Island simply because it's a descriptive label... out of the two main islands that make up the country, it's the northern one. And likewise the South Island being ...
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Why may "he's real scum" be without any article, while "he's a real hero" must be with the article?

Very simply, because hero is countable and in most normal situations scum is not countable. The following are all similar: He's real scum. He's real trash. He's real soup. But He's a real hero. He's ...
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Why is it "the North Island" and not "North Island" in New Zealand?

The New Zealand Geographic Board seemingly has a strange dislike for arthrous proper nouns (including its own moniker), and declared in 2009 that the official English names are simply "North ...
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Why is the `the` determiner missing before the word camp?

In such constructions, the determiner is optional. Sometimes it depends on the context and whether you are referring to a particular camp. Back to camp/base/headquarters are all general descriptions ...
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Why was the noun 'president' used without any articles in 'to be president' though it's a countable noun?

"The" can be omitted if a sentence is understood to refer to a uniquely singular job or position. For example, it does not make sense to write "unfit to be senator"; there are many ...
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Which one is correct: "number 5 is my favorite number" or "the number five is my favorite number"?

The idiomatic way of stating it, among us who discuss our favorite numbers or otherwise discuss numbers at parties in this manner, is without either the article or the word "number" - so: ...
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our readers thought that

I don't see any particular difference in meaning, just a stylistic choice. Readers is just a conventional way of saying 'people who had read the article'.
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About the meaning of "the"

The environment in the sense of 'the natural world in general' is always used with the definite article (as distinct from particular kinds such as a woodland environment). As for your second sentence, ...
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why put "a" before balance?

Longman says 'singular, uncountable' (you copied it in your question). In Longmans that means that 'balance' can be a singular (countable) noun or an uncountable one. Cambridge dictionary is clearer, ...
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Why is it "the North Island" and not "North Island" in New Zealand?

Unfortunately there is little in the way of hard-and-fast rules on which place names take a definite article, and to make matters even worse, common usage often disagrees with the official position of ...
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Shall I write the article here

I would certainly use the there, probably for the reason you give. But it is possible to omit it.
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all weekend / all the weekend

Once "All the day" was a common construction. This was before the word "weekend" had become common. Similar constructions were used with other expressions of time. Jane will be ...
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Which one is correct: "give someone a good-to-go" or "give someone the good-to-go"?

Either could be correct. But in that specific example I would choose the as more natural, because it suggests that you are talking about a specific good-to-go, instead of any good-to-go. Good-to-go ...
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Which one is correct: "give someone a good-to-go" or "give someone the good-to-go"?

It comes down to a question of one or many in the given context. one 'good-to-go' => the many 'good-to-goes' => a For instance, let's say a rocket is awaiting approval to launch, there is the ...
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Is it "all documents related to the transaction" or "all the documents related to the transaction"?

Your intuition is correct, the 'the' here is completely optional, and sentence is grammatically correct with or without it.
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