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    Article question

    The following is an advertising write-up of a hotel adapted from an English lifestyle magazine:

    "Shape up and bring out your summer glow with a three-month membership, including six 60 minute treatments at Melo Spa, a complimentary fitness assessment session, free parking for three hours per visit, outdoor swimming pool, whirlpool, locker rooms and use of tennis court and hotel bicycle with a charge."


    My question is, you can see that every item before "free parking" is quantified with the use of articles or the plural form, e.g. a three-month membership, 60 min treatments, etc.

    "Free parking" itself is an uncountable noun, so it's reasonable to leave it without articles or "s".

    However, starting from "swimming pool" to "use of tennis court and hotel bicycle", there are no articles/plural form for each noun (and these nouns SHOULD BE countable): a swimming pool, a whirlpool, use of a tennis court and a hotel bicycle...

    Can I say that the above omission is ungrammatical? Or it can only be accepted in informal writing?

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    Re: Article question

    I would say that the text you quoted is a perfectly normal and natural-sounding example of a description of a hotel's facilities. It tells prospective guests all they need to know.

    It would sound wrong if the articles which are included were omitted.

    I think the copy-writer has got it just right.

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    Re: Article question

    When using an enumeration it's your free choice to either omit all the articles except the first one or to put an article in front of each noun.

    Examples:
    He has just bought a tomato, onion and water melon.
    OR
    He has just bought a tomato, an onion and a water melon.

    Both are correct.

    When using a quite lengthy enumeration you may prefer to omit all articles but the first one since it would be annoying to read dozens of articles in just one sentence.

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    Re: Article question

    Quote Originally Posted by mathias_r View Post
    When using an enumeration it's your free choice to either omit all the articles except the first one or to put an article in front of each noun.

    Examples:
    He has just bought a tomato, onion and water melon.
    OR
    He has just bought a tomato, an onion and a water melon.

    Both are correct.
    Your sentences don't mean the same thing.

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    Re: Article question

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Your sentences don't mean the same thing.
    May I ask what the difference is?
    Please note that I'm not a teacher.

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    Re: Article question

    Quote Originally Posted by mathias_r View Post
    When using an enumeration it's your free choice to either omit all the articles except the first one or to put an article in front of each noun.

    Welcome to the forums, mathias.

    Please read the Posting Guidelines – especially this extract:

    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language. If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly at the top of your post. Please note, all posts are moderated by our in-house language experts, so make sure your suggestions, help, and advice house the kind of information an international language teacher would offer.

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    Re: Article question

    Though I asked similar questions before, I really received different answers: some say articles are needed for each singular countable noun, some like you guys say no need. So I hope that there will be a grammar expert answering this post.

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    Re: Article question

    I agree with Rover_KE, the original text is perfect as it is. (I am not a "grammar expert".)

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    Re: Article question

    What did Raymott want to say? He agrees or disagrees?

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    Re: Article question

    Quote Originally Posted by kachibi View Post
    What did Raymott want to say? He agrees or disagrees?
    I wanted to say that mathias_r's answer was wrong. That is, his statement "
    When using an enumeration it's your free choice to either omit all the articles except the first one or to put an article in front of each noun." is untrue.
    I showed that it was untrue by pointing out that his sentences (one with articles; one without) do not mean the same thing.

    But I agree that the original sentence is good, if that's your question.

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