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Don't make noise. OR Don't make a noise

You are not wrong, but neither is the book. Noise can be countable or uncountable. Uncountable Noise In many instances, noise is used as an uncountable noun. It refers to any sound as a broad category,...
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Don't make noise. OR Don't make a noise

In this case the book is wrong, or at the very least the question is a poor one. All three could be correct, given the right circumstances. The options: A. Don't make a noise. This could be used to ...
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Don't make noise. OR Don't make a noise

As a native speaker of British English, I'd be more likely to say "don't make any noise" or "don't make a sound" than any of these options. Of the choices you have, "a noise&...
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The use of the definite article before cardinal numbers

This sentence is correct: He boarded the number 30 bus. This sentence is also correct: He boarded bus number 30. So your general understanding is correct regarding the definite article as used ...
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"Since I was little boy": which grammar rule governs lack of indefinite article?

It is a mistake. I can't think of any context in which since I was little boy or since I was boy would be grammatical.
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The use of the definite article before cardinal numbers

"The number 30 bus" is a noun phrase, and nouns have articles. The number actually denotes the number of the route that the bus is on, not the bus itself. Throughout the day, several buses ...
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Articles in the poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay”

(1) Poetry doesn't always have to be in grammatical sentences. (2) We do, in fact, sometimes use nouns without an article to indicate that one follows another in a long succession. They waited hour ...
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When to use “tomato” and when to use “toma­toes”?

Tomato or tomatoes is irrelevant. Tomatoes are fruits. Your statement, as written, refers to the fruit - not the plant. If you want to refer to the plant or plants then say it: "... as­so­ci­ated ...
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