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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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"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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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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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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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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a + adjective + plural noun?

One exception that comes to mind that doesn't seem to be listed elsewhere is in the example "Thank you for a fantastic 25 years". This is grammatically correct for the following reasons: ...
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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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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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When can we omit the article in front of a countable word in singular?

There's a difference in structure with and without the, there. ... the government of former Argentinian president Peron. ... the government of the former Argentinian president, Peron. In the version ...
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Singular noun with no article as generic noun

Uses of the definite article The telephone rules my life. According to the grammar book I'm reading, the sentence is not about a particular telephone, but the general concept. I was wondering what ...
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