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    How to apply "singular count nouns need an article"?

    The rule "singular count nouns need an article" is very simple and would have been extremely useful.

    Is it the universal rule?

    I observe a lot of examples contradicting it

    How to apply this rule?

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    Re: How to apply "singular count nouns need an article"?

    Quote Originally Posted by vgv8 View Post
    The rule "singular count nouns need an article" is very simple and would have been extremely useful.

    Is it the universal rule?

    I observe a lot of examples contradicting it

    How to apply this rule?
    Let's start with the examples. Would you post them please?

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    Re: How to apply "singular count nouns need an article"?

    As an example, first jumped to my head:
    - "free of charge"

    Charge is countable noun

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    Re: How to apply "singular count nouns need an article"?

    Quote Originally Posted by vgv8 View Post
    As an example, first jumped to my head:
    - "free of charge"

    Charge is countable noun
    'Free of' means no:


    • free of cost, no cost
    • free of fat, no fat


    'free of' and 'no' hold the same structural position; they determine the noun they modify, just like 'a/an'. Pick one, not both. If you change them into adjectives, then a determiner is required:


    • free of cost
      • the/a free-of-cost subscription
      • the/a no-cost subscription




    • free of fat
      • the/a free-of-fat diet
      • the/a no-fat diet


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    Re: How to apply "singular count nouns need an article"?

    Thanks a lot,
    but I still did not grasp about articles after "of" and before a noun...

    Should the word "interaction" be always preceded by an article in the phrase:
    "... a new concept of interaction between your website visitors and the CAPTCHA..."?

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