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    a student at large university

    In the following sentences are both variants (with and without the article) possible? Is there any difference in meaning?

    1) I am currently a student at __ large university with free access to an enormous amount of research papers through the online library system.
    2) I am currently a student at a large university with free access to an enormous amount of research papers through the online library system.
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    #2

    Re: a student at large university

    In that sentence, you need the article before "large university". If you were naming the university, no article would be needed.

    I'm a student at a large university ...
    I'm a student at Cambridge University ...
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a student at large university

    There is the occasional university that has the definite article as part of its official name. The Ohio State University is one.

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    #4

    Re: a student at large university

    You don't need "currently" there.

    Say:

    I am a student at XYZ University, and I have free access to a large number of research papers through the online library system.

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    #5

    Re: a student at large university

    And if you change the order, you use the definite article:

    The University of Cambridge.

    However, this wouldn't sound very natural in the sentence.

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    #6

    Re: a student at large university

    You could also say, "I am a student at University..." (without saying which one)

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    Re: a student at large university

    You could, although I prefer "I'm a university student". In your example, I wouldn't capitalise "university".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a student at large university

    "I am a student at a large university" would work

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    #9

    Re: a student at large university

    MInd you, the size of the university is not greatly relevant to the question of accessing online materials- most universities access the same system.

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