Can we use an article before "one more"? For example: "Please give me a one more coffee." Thanks in advance!

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    No you can't, because a = an = one, and even though you want another one, that doesn't justify adding another version of the same article. Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 18:36
  • I also thought about that, but wanted to hear an opinion of someone much more experienced than me. Thanks for the comment!
    – Tanya Solovianchyk
    Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 18:42
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    In linguistic terminology, you could say that one more is a determiner, and so is a, and you can't have two determiners in the single slot available. In English, noun phrases are Determiner + Adjectives + Head Noun + Adjuncts, which is why *the my brother is ungrammatical, too -- the and my are both determiners. Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 19:54
  • @JohnLawler How about Please give me one more coffee and the two pastries on that tray?
    – deadrat
    Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 20:45
  • The and two can combine -- determiner + quantifier -- but it gets complicated fast when you realize that all of them can be phrases or even clauses and still behave as one constituent. Like a few of the what I had considered at the time to be hundreds, but in fact turned out to be only dozens of eggs that were thrown at him, which is a noun phrase. Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 20:56

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In ordinary, everyday English, a native speaker would not say '*Give me a one more coffee'.

Instead, he or she would say

'Give me one more coffee'


'Give me another coffee'.

One more can be considered a determiner and usually a noun phrase utilizes only one determiner. The indefinite article a is also a determiner, so combining a with one more results in two determiners.

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