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I would appreciate if you explain why "a" has been added before "very"in the following sentence:

I hope you have a very nice evening.

Is this sentence still correct without "a" before very?

I hope you have very nice evening.

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The word "very" is irrelevant. "nice evening" takes a determiner, in this case "a". Putting "very" in front of it doesn't change that; it still needs the "a".

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    It doesn't even depend on the word "nice". "Evening" is a countable noun, so it does need the article.
    – Mr Lister
    May 31 '18 at 9:20
  • @MrLister The one caveat would be that without "nice", it would be "an" instead of "a", since it's next to a word that starts with a vowel. May 31 '18 at 14:15
  • And of course, you can say "good evening" without "a". Oh well.
    – Mr Lister
    May 31 '18 at 15:08

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