A new furniture for an empty room.

It's a grammar assignment related to articles. What made me confused here is either 'a' new furniture or 'the' new furniture. Which one is correct?


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"Furniture" is a mass noun (per the Oxford English), so it can't have an indefinite article in front.

To state this another way, "A new furniture" is wrong because you can't have "one furniture", since "furniture" is a mass noun. You can have "one piece of furniture" and hence "a piece of furniture".

"The new furniture" is grammatically valid. Remember that "furniture" is still a mass noun here; it's not serving to indicate any specific piece of furniture, unless there's other context to restrict it.

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