Rosy has / an urgent work / at home / today / No Error

I am trying to find an anwer to this sentence. Most of my friends say there aren't any errors, but a few say 'an urgent work' has an error.

  • Why are there '/' (Slashes) in between the words? – Varun Nair May 24 '16 at 7:44
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    @VarunKN I think it's an example from an ESL class where you underline the part of the sentence that has the error. – Ringo May 24 '16 at 7:57
  • Oh okay, I had no idea what that was for. – Varun Nair May 24 '16 at 9:20

I think "an urgent work" is the error. "Urgent work" is not a countable type of work, but "an" implies a single, countable item. Therefore, the word "an" should be omitted.

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I'm siding with Ringo on this one, you can't put "an" before work in this case as it's not countable. You would say "I have work to do", not "I have a work to do".

However, there are other contexts in which you could encounter a work and works, when for instance talking about arts (see Work of art).

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  • Agreed, but I think this should have been a comment. – stangdon May 24 '16 at 15:09
  • Agreed, but I didn't have the 50 required street cred to comment 6 hours ago :<. – MadWard May 24 '16 at 15:14

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