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    Hello everyone,
    Articles is my major problem. Could you please correct my sentrnces and explain the usage of the articles in the following sentences?
    Thank you.
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by svetik View Post
    Hello everyone,
    Articles is my major problem. Could you please correct my sentrnces and explain the usage of the articles in the following sentences?
    Thank you.
    1. At the 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 a 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 The Tiger lives in Asia and belongs to the same genus as the lion, the leopard, and the jaguar. (or you can pluralize all the animals and remove the "s" from "belongs")
    6.The wealth aquired from the trade enabled the upper classes to live in luxury.
    Now ask your specific questions.

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    [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?

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    Re: Articles

    [QUOTE=svetik;547214]
    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    Now ask your specific questions.[/QUOTE
    Thank you very much for the corrections.
    Could you please explain the usage of a zero article in There is no such thing as "a zero article". The correct term is 'zero article', which means there is no article.
    1) a youth of noble birth 1) and 2) have the article "a".
    2) a man of rank
    3) aquired from trade "trade" is a general term; it's not any specific trade. (eg. the fur trade)
    Why do we use the definite articles in sentence number 5? Isn't it generalisation? The tiger is a specific species of animal.
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    [QUOTE=2006;547231]
    Quote Originally Posted by svetik View Post
    2006
    In 1) and 2) why do we use zero article before birth and rank?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post

    In 1) and 2) why do we use zero article before birth and rank?
    1...Do you mean before "birth" or before "noble"?
    2...Tell me why you think articles are needed in the places you are asking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by svetik View Post
    1...Do you mean before "birth" or before "noble"?
    2...Tell me why you think articles are needed in the places you are asking about.
    Before noble, of course.
    I feel that articles are not needed, but I cannot explain why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    Before noble, of course.
    I feel that articles are not needed, but I cannot explain why.
    You are right; they are not needed.
    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.

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    Re: Articles

    [QUOTE=2006;547555]
    Quote Originally Posted by svetik View Post
    You are right; they are not needed.
    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.
    Since English is not my first language, and in my native language we don't have such things as articles, sometimes I cannot be sure if I'm right or wrong. Besides, I try to help others to learn English and need to explain why we don't need articles or need them.

    Anyways, 2006, thank you very much for your help.

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