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    Exclamation articles ! - can I omit them here?

    I need to know which sentences are correct:

    Where is the nearest railway or underground station?
    Where is the nearest railway or the underground station?

    Is there a table and chair?
    Is there a table and a chair?

    Is there a table or chair?
    Is there a table or a chair?

    Thanks in advance :)

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    Default Re: articles ! - can I omit them here?

    Quote Originally Posted by marker View Post
    I need to know which sentences are correct:

    Where is the nearest railway or underground station?
    Where is the nearest railway or the underground station?
    "Where is the nearest railway or underground station" is correct. It means that you are looking for the nearest station, whether it is an above-ground or underground train.

    Is there a table and chair?
    Is there a table and a chair?
    In regular, casual speech you'd probably ask "Is there a table and chair?" If you asked "Is there a table and a chair?" it would sound very specific, as if you were emphasizing that you were seeking reassurance that both pieces of furniture will be available.

    Is there a table or chair?
    Is there a table or a chair?
    In this case, either is correct, and using the article in the second half of the sentence doesn't sound as stilted or unnatural as the previous example. When using the "or" conjunction it's not uncommon to include an article before each noun:
    Game Show Host: "Do you choose the box or the curtain?"
    Police Officer: "We can do this the easy way or the hard way."

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    Thank you :)

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