Articles is my major problem. Could you please correct my sentrnces and explain the usage of the articles in the following sentences?
1. At zenith of their power in the Middle Ages craft guilds had enormous power over their members.
2. He was a page, that is a youth of noble birth who left his family at an early age to serve in the family of man of rank.
3. The dinosaur is a reptile that was the dominant land animal during most of the Mesozoic Era but became extinct at its close.
4. Only a tiny percentage of plant species are directly used by humans for food, shelter, fiber, and drugs.
5 Tiger lives in Asia and belongs to the same genus as lion, leopard, and jaguar.
6.The wealth aquired from the trade enabled upper classes to live in luxury.
[QUOTE=2006;547204]Now ask your specific questions.[/QUOTE
Thank you very much for the correction.
Could you please explain the usage of a zero article in
1) a youth of noble birth
2) a man of rank
3) aquired from trade
Why do we use the definite articles in sentence number 5? Isn't it generalisation?
You don't need a reason not to use articles; you need a reason to use them.
But since you ask...
a youth of a noble birth You are not talking about a specific birth. "of noble birth" means born to an 'upper class' family.
a man of a rank "a man of rank" means a man of high rank. Adding "a" before "rank" makes no sense.
So if you understand what the two underlined phrases mean, you will know why the two bolded "a"s are wrong.
Anyways, 2006, thank you very much for your help.