about articles

by A.P.
(surat)

hello,

My problem is that in academic writing portion, i usually get confused that where to put article exactly although i know theoretically meaning of all of them.

E.g "for the reason", about matter of money and etc. So kindly reply me. thank you

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Oct 20, 2013
Articles
by: IELTS buddy

There are so many different rules about articles it would be impossible to explain them all here.

To be honest, articles just come with practice writing - as you get better you just start to know where to put them without thinking about the grammar rules for them.

That is why you are not sure where to put them. Most English teachers find it difficult to explain all the rules for articles or why a word may need an article or not.

I would try not to think about it too much and just practice your writing and your article use will improve.

Articles are quite low down on the list of grammar to learn for IELTS as they will not affect the meaning of what you are trying to say.

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Can we use the indefinite article a/an with non count nouns?

by Khalid
(Lattakia, Syria)

Hello.

Can we use the indefinite article a/an with non count nouns?

According to grammarians we can't use the indefinite articles with non count nouns.

Nevertheless, we sometimes come across sentences such as:

A fine Italian cheese can be found at the market.

My wife made a very delicious soup.


Best Regards

K. Kurr

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Jul 05, 2014
indefinite article a/an with non count nouns
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

Check this out for an explantion. It is to do with the context:

Indefinite Articles with uncountable nouns

Oct 14, 2014
cheese please
by: Helen Esl

you would not use the article if you are referring to the material of cheese or soup in a non-specific way but in your examples, a fine Italian cheese is one example or one type in the sea of cheeses. You may have noticed I just typed cheeses. It is not a typo. Here, cheeses means "different varieties of cheeses." For example, my favorite cheeses typically come from Italy. So, similarly, you may say "a cheese" when you mean one type of cheese.

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