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    hi

    I am very poor in using an article "a". Please let me know why do I need to use a below

    1. please take a deep breath in through the nose


    and why I don't need a before "make" below

    1. Spread you knees to a make room for your lion hands.

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    Default Re: confusing an article "a"

    "To make" is a verb, the infinitive form. You do not use articles with verbs.

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    Default Re: confusing an article "a"

    But what are lion hands?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: confusing an article "a"

    thanks Dave. The lion hands are nothing but I am trying to explain "lion pose" where I am calling the hands as lion's hand :) :)

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    Default Re: confusing an article "a"

    I am sorry Dave. I had typing mistake while asking my question. it is as

    to make a room.. ( why a is not appropriate here?)

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    Default Re: confusing an article "a"

    Quote Originally Posted by gauri_agr View Post
    I am sorry Dave. I had typing mistake while asking my question. it is as

    to make a room.. ( why a is not appropriate here?)
    Because "to make a room" would mean to create a space/partition within a building, as a living room bedroom etc..
    "To make room" is a common idiom/expression meaning to allow/provide space for an entity.

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    Default Re: confusing an article "a"

    Quote Originally Posted by gauri_agr View Post
    I am sorry Dave. I had typing mistake while asking my question. it is as

    to make a room.. ( why a is not appropriate here?)
    "Room" in this sense is uncountable. A house may have 5 rooms, but when you "make room" for something, this type of "room" is not countable.

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    Default Re: confusing an article "a"

    ton of thanks. It is so simple to understand now.

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