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    Default a preliminary vs (no article) preliminary

    It is finally preliminary exam day. Pass or fail, I can stop studying now.

    This sentence is written by my American friend. I feel there should be an article before preliminary. Am I correct?

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    Default Re: a preliminary vs (no article) preliminary

    No. It is correct as written.

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    Default Re: a preliminary vs (no article) preliminary

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    No. It is correct as written.

    Is the entire phrase "preliminary exam day" used as an adjectve here?

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    Default Re: a preliminary vs (no article) preliminary

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    Is the entire phrase "preliminary exam day" used as an adjectve here?
    The entire phrase is used as a noun. It is the day for my/our/their/your/his/her preliminary exam. The presence of the adjective doesn't make any difference. They could just have easily said "It's exam day!" The fact that the exam being taken is a preliminary exam is just extra information.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: a preliminary vs (no article) preliminary

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The entire phrase is used as a noun. It is the day for my/our/their/your/his/her preliminary exam. The presence of the adjective doesn't make any difference. They could just have easily said "It's exam day!" The fact that the exam being taken is a preliminary exam is just extra information.
    If it is a noun, then shouldn't there be an article? Could you please explain this particular type of structure where there is no article?

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    Default Re: a preliminary vs (no article) preliminary

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    If it is a noun, then shouldn't there be an article? Could you please explain this particular type of structure where there is no article?
    What about, "It's finally Friday"?

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    Default Re: a preliminary vs (no article) preliminary

    ...or 'Christmas is coming'.

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    Default Re: a preliminary vs (no article) preliminary

    For the person who is making the statement in the original post, it's not just any exam day. It is the one and only preliminary exam day for which he/she has been waiting for quite some time. Every day is probably a preliminary exam day somewhere in the world, but that's irrelevant. This is the day that the speaker will sit his/her exam.
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