I have doubt about use of article in below sentence.

A cake is necessary when you have party.

Does sentence uses correct article?

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You either need to precede "party" with the article "a" or change "party" to "parties."

Any one of the sentences below is correct:

A cake is necessary for a party.

A cake is necessary for parties.

Cakes are necessary for parties

Personally, I prefer the first or third versions.

  • that is problem with the phrase "when you have party"
    – raghav
    Commented Jan 15, 2019 at 23:49
  • @raghav Yes, just modify your own sentence in the same way. Add a before party, turn party into parties, or start the sentence with cakes are as well as using parties at the end. Commented Jan 16, 2019 at 0:31

Parties are countable. The word "party" refers to the entire duration of the party. So if you have a party that starts at 2 and ends at 6, the whole duration from 2-6 is one party. You can have one party, two parties, three parties, etc.

Therefore, it doesn't make sense to say

A cake is necessary when you have party

but it does make sense to say

A cake is necessary when you have a party

By contrast, when you use the word "dirt", you aren't specifying exactly where the dirt begins and where the dirt ends.

It makes sense to say

There is dirt on the floor

But it doesn't make sense to say

There is a dirt on the floor

English speakers will not know where exactly "a" dirt starts or where "a" dirt ends. If you gave a person a picture of some dirt and you asked them to draw a circle around only one of the dirts, they would be very confused. Whereas they could tell you that a party began at 2 and ended at 6.

Cakes are also countable, so you are correct when you say "A cake".

There are other small grammatical mistakes in your question. It should be:

Use of the Indefinite Article

I have doubts about the use of articles in the below sentence

A cake is necessary when you have a party

Does the sentence use the correct article?

  • Thanks, this is helpful. i have never thought party as countable noun
    – raghav
    Commented Jan 18, 2019 at 11:10

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