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For questions about noun phrases that contain no articles, definite or indefinite.

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Or fifth, fourth, whatever. Omitting the article would make sense if it were "gear five". But with gear being a countable noun, I'm totally stumped. For example, Whenever I start my car I switch …
asked Feb 23 '17 by Rusty
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I heard this phrase once: "He was driving slowly to save fuel." However it says about some particular fuel, which is in the tank, so using the definite article would be more logical. Why the article w …
asked Feb 27 '17 by Rusty
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I've encountered many phrases like It was performed by band the Beatles It was made by machine ...which was built by architect [name] So, I guess when we want to state that something came in …
asked Feb 27 '17 by Rusty
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Should one use an article before a description, as in You should stick to _ rule "think quality". or Look at _ sign "Elderly people"! ? I guess the same rule used as in "Room 4" or "Table 2", i.e. no …
asked Feb 21 '17 by Rusty
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1) I've just read this article http://masteringarticles.com/object-activity-nouns/ and it says that "pub" is not a common activity noun, so when we say I want to go to the pub the word should be inste …
asked Feb 27 '17 by Rusty
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I've always thought that we don't use articles when the adjective is descriptive as in "Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas". And that we do use them when the adjective makes the proper noun different from …
asked Apr 1 '17 by Rusty
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I've recently watched Top Gear and one of the presenters said there: ...In fact, I was only doing a Victorian 23 knots. Why did he use the indefinite article when the noun is in the plural? And what d …
asked Feb 20 '17 by Rusty
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An example where this got me stumped: An 1833 Act for the Abolition of Slavery throughout the British Colonies Why the definite article before the "British"? From my point of view, that would be re …
asked Mar 5 '17 by Rusty
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Wiktionary says that "command" is always countable, with no exceptions given. However, I've seen both "a command" and "command": The fort has command of the valley The tower provides a wide …
asked Feb 16 '17 by Rusty