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    Default omission of indefinite article

    I notice that indefinite article is omitted where for all I know it should be used.

    Examples:

    1. Is this a pen?

    2. Is this tea / cheese / bread / butter / sugar / salt ?

    Is there anything behind this or am I making things up?

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    Default Re: omission of indefinite article

    Quote Originally Posted by JarekSteliga View Post
    I notice that indefinite article is omitted where for all I know it should be used.

    Examples:

    1. Is this a pen? "Pen" is a countable noun so "a" is necessary.

    2. Is this tea / cheese / bread / butter / sugar / salt ? All of those nouns are uncountable. Hence they don't need an article.

    Is there anything behind this or am I making things up?
    Hope it helps.

    Not a teacher.

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    Default Re: omission of indefinite article

    Quote Originally Posted by spongie View Post
    Hope it helps.

    Not a teacher.
    Ouch, I should have known better

    Many thanks. You did help me.

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    Default Re: omission of indefinite article

    You must be sure to look at HOW the word is used in the sentence.

    Is this a special tea to help insomnia?

    I like a sugar that is unrefined.


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    Default Re: omission of indefinite article

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedq View Post
    You must be sure to look at HOW the word is used in the sentence.

    Is this a special tea to help insomnia?

    I like a sugar that is unrefined.

    Yes, I read up on this now. When tea as such is uncountable, its varieties or types are no longer so.

    Same thing with sugar and all other uncountable nouns.

    Thanks

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