I would like others to explain this to me.

-He has bad temper. -He has a bad temper.

Are both correct?

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It's idiomatic to say that someone has a temper (or a bad temper), meaning that the person concerned is easily aroused.

You can't say that someone has temper. It's not idiomatic. Although you can say that someone is bad-tempered (or even-tempered or good-tempered).

As Michael Harvey points out in his example, you can also talk about temper in general without using an article. Bad temper is common these days and his unruly behavior arises from bad temper. You can also talk about his bad temper and her good temper without the article.

But somebody always has a temper.


A bad temper is a noun so you need the determiner "a". The second one is correct.

He has a bad temper.

Your first example is incorrect and shouldn't be used.

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    Bad temper can be non- countable; e.g. his rudeness is often caused by bad temper. Oct 24, 2018 at 21:04

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