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(Here, the speaker is telling someone to give him/her a particular ball about which the speaker and the listener both are aware. There is no possibility of the ball to be anything else rather than the speaker and the listener idea of that particular ball.)
A & an – make the noun something general and indefinite.
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In their review of the literature (Knapik et al., 2015)…
In an effort to simplify journal referencing, as long as the journal reference provides enough bibliographic information for the article to be located, other elements no longer need to be included, for example [Online], database title and URL.