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    I know that the articles a/an is used before singular noun but for example ( it is a pleasure) why we but a before pleasure can we count pleasure?

    would you explain to me the use of articles in situation like this?


    • I need vacation.

    is it correct without (a) or there must be (a).

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    1. In the sense something that give you enjoyment/satisfaction, pleasure can be used as a count noun:

    Gardening is one of life's real pleasures for me
    It's a pleasure to do business with you.


    2. I need a vacation.


    Is it correct without a? No

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    do you mean that pleasure can be counted and the plural is pleasures and for that we add a before pleasure?

    or you meant that the pleasure refers to a certain activity and the a is refer to that activity?


    in this sentence 'It's been a pleasure to meet you" isn't meet is a verb, and we do not add a before verb or the a for the world pleasure and we add it because it is singular??

    hope my questions are clear, sorry for that but really i can't understand using a with pleasure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ebtehal View Post
    do you mean that pleasure can be counted and the plural is pleasures and for that we add a before pleasure?
    Jed means 'pleasure' is either countable or not, depending on the meaning.

    His visits gave his grandparents such pleasure. --uncounable
    It was such a pleasure to meet you. -- countable

    Of course the missing 'a' alone does not justify my assumption that 'pleasure' in #1 is [U], but my subconscious part (my whole brain ) forces me to think of it as one.

    '(P)leasure' in the two sentences mean the same thing. Still the count-noncount dichotomity is there. Interesting! I think it is often more a matter of structure whether a noun is [C] or [U].

    in this sentence 'It's been a pleasure to meet you" isn't meet is a verb, and we do not add a before verb or the a for the world pleasure and we add it because it is singular??
    There 'meet' is a verb in infinitive form. Verbs never get an 'a' or 'an' or 'the'.

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