‘Have licence’ vs. ‘Have /a/ licence’

I wrote in an essay: ‘We now have licence to move beyond [an idea].’ Grammarly flagged this up, saying that I should add an article before ‘licence’. Is this true, or is ‘licence’ interchangeable with ‘permission’ or ‘freedom’ in this context? Answer As usual, Grammerly can not think beyond the literal. Your sentence: ‘We now … Read more

The definite article before nouns mentioned for the first time

I’ve been taught that when one mentions an object for the first time and it’s countable, one should use a/an before it. I know that there are exceptions, when you speak of a renoun object which everybody knows, like the moon. But I cannot see why the author uses definite articles in some places in … Read more

Why articles being ommited sometime?

Sometime before nouns there’s no definite or indefinite articles like in this sentence (before representatives and congressional districts): The House of Representative is composed of representatives elected from congressional districts. Answer Plural nouns do not require articles. A singular noun does. There is a singular house and multiple representatives in “The House of Representatives”, which … Read more

‘On behalf of’ usage

I have read many sentences making use of ‘on behalf of’ meaning ‘as a representative of’. I know behalf is a noun, so when we could use ‘on the behalf of’ in a sentence? I consulted many websites, but none of them used ‘the’ article before ‘behalf’. Is it wrong to use ‘the’ before this … Read more

Why would “an mule” be used instead of “a mule”?

As generally agreed and as extensively discussed in this question, "an" should be used in place of the more common "a" where the following word begins with a vowel sound. I have just encountered for the first time an instance of the phrasing an mule in the book Why Chemical Reactions Happen (James Keeler and … Read more

“A larger” vs “larger” to describe the sample size of a study

I wrote a sentence: A study with a larger sample size is required to make more conclusive remarks. Grammarly tells me it should be, “A study with larger sample size is required to make more conclusive remarks”. Is this true? My sentence sounds correct to me. If yes, why? Answer Grammarly detects size as uncountable … Read more

Should the article “the” be used twice with a proper noun starting with “the”?

If a proper noun includes the word “the” and we want to refer to it using the definite article, should “the” appear twice in succession? For example: “Can you pass me The Who CD?” vs. “can you pass me the The Who CD?” “The US Government passed The Hague Act” vs. “The US Government passed … Read more

I have trouble with article

I have just done an English exercise and it’s about error correction: “You will remove one word which is unnecessary in each example.” Here is the sentence which I meet the unnecessary word: Thanks to cheap air travel, for many people the world has grown significantly smaller over the last decade, but to vegetarians, the … Read more