Articles with Nouns

by Pinki Gupta
(Sydney)

I read that indefinite article a/an is used for countable nouns only. Comparing the following two sentences, which of these is correct.

1. There was a sharp rise in prices.
2. There was sharp rise in prices.

I am confused as both seem correct to me.

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Sep 25, 2016
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by: IELTS buddy

I think you are getting confused as to which noun the article is referring to.

The noun the 'a' goes with is 'rise', not prices. So the correct one is:

1. There was a sharp rise in prices.

In other words, "A rise".

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