Why do they not say “The Baby”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkXnhlCkVPM In this video he says “put baby in” and not “put the baby in” Also, in other baby type videos they say “place baby inside” or “now you can see that baby and mom are happy” There is no “the baby” or “the baby’s mom” or “the mom”. The video is one example of … Read more

“in like manner” v. “in the like manner”

1.”in like manner” or 2.”in the like manner” I thought that the latter is correct, but more digging points to the former. In Leviathan,of Hobbes, in like manner is used twenty five times, whereas in the like manner appears only four times, e.g. And these are Pleasures Of The Mind of him that draweth those … Read more

Why isn’t there any article in the expression “vary from school to school”?

I am a non-native English learner. An example sentence in LONGMAN dictionary confused me. In the sentence “Test scores vary from school to school”, there is no article in front of either school. I would expect that an a would be in front of each countable word school. Is there some grammar rule that can … Read more

Zero article before nouns in the commonest sense

I am interested in whether the article can be omitted in a phrase like The Ideas About a Woman in Roman Literature (as in the name of a scientific article). Is the article needed here at all, since the noun is used in its commonest sense? Some references can be found on websites of doubtful … Read more

Zero articles in movie and book titles

Can you please explain to me, why sometimes there’s no article in the movie or book titles, even if these titles are singular count nouns. For example: “Junky” by William S. Burroughs or “Alien” by Ridley Scott. Edit: I know they could also be titled: “A Junky”, “The Junky”, “An Alien” and “The Alien”. Would … Read more

“I spilled water on the table and [the] floor”

Compare the sentences: I spilled water on the floor. I spilled water on the table and floor. I spilled water on the table and the chair. Is the missing the before floor in the second sentence correct? If so, is the the before chair in the third sentence optional? What is the general rule applicable … Read more

Should ‘one’ be considered an article?

There is but one king, and I am one. Here, the ‘one’ at the end of the sentence stands for ‘one king’ and ‘one’ is not specifying (in this particular place) a numeral. It is implying ‘I am that one’ or, more specifically ‘I am that one king’. Therefore, should ‘one’, when used in this … Read more