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Can I use the zero article before Video in the following sentence? If yes, then why.

Video baby monitor is also great for prevention from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

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    Note that you should write "prevention of" here, not "prevention from".
    – rjpond
    Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 19:40

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No, you can't.

If you're talking about video baby monitors in general, you can say:

  • A video baby monitor is also great for prevention of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), or
  • Video baby monitors are also great for prevention of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

If you're talking about a specific video baby monitor or about a specific type or model of video baby monitor, you can say:

  • The video baby monitor is also great for prevention of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), or
  • This video baby monitor is also great for prevention of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

If it's a product sold as "Video Baby Monitor", you could write it without an article:

  • Video Baby Monitor is also great for prevention of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
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  • Digital encryption transmission will provide safe and private service of this device. - so in this sentence should also be the definite article?
    – trenccan
    Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 20:15
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    No, it is correct because the transmission is uncountable word ;) I guess
    – trenccan
    Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 20:18
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    True - although if it's for an article and follows on from previous sentences about the device, I would be more likely to begin the sentence with the words "Its digitally encrypted transmissions" (or "Their" if the previous sentence had been worded in the plural). If it's for a technical specification or bullet points or advertising copy then "Digitally encrypted transmission" is fine.
    – rjpond
    Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 20:31
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    You should know that advertising copy and bullet lists are often telegraphic, meaning they leave out words that are required in Standard Written English. They are also often trying to be "hip" rather than "correct." Don't take them as a guideline for the Right Thing.
    – zwol
    Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 20:35

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