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This question was asked in my exam:

The food basket contained (A)/ a dark chocolate, an eclair and a pastry (B)/neatly wrapped in foil paper. (C)/No error

They gave part (B) has an error, but what's the error in it?

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B is in error. chocolate as used is non-count. So no article.

The food basket contained dark chocolate, an eclair and a pastry neatly wrapped in foil paper.

But you could write:

The food basket contained a dark chocolate donut, an eclair and a pastry neatly wrapped in foil paper.

where chocolate is an adjective rather than a noun.

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    Don't you mean A has the error?
    – user63422
    Commented Dec 8, 2017 at 7:29
  • Note that "a chocolate" would be okay (probably due to ellipsis). May be worth touching on why "a dark chocolate" fails where "a chocolate" succeeds. Commented Dec 8, 2017 at 13:19
  • @903749457 It's confusing. There are four options but only three letters.
    – user3169
    Commented Dec 8, 2017 at 18:09
  • @LukeSawczak You would have to define what the actual item is. While you can say "a chocolate", there is always an implied "a chocolate (something)".
    – user3169
    Commented Dec 8, 2017 at 18:13
  • @user3169 It is A, though — if A referred to the first chunk of the sentence then C would be associated to "neatly wrapped in foil paper", in which case "No error" would be stranded, and it can't be stranded since it's an option and not part of the sentence. As for "a chocolate (something)" — agreed, but the question is still why not "a dark chocolate (something)" :) Commented Dec 8, 2017 at 18:40

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