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    Default I heard a thunder. / I heard the thuder.

    Is there any difference in the use of articles in the following context:

    We were going back home after a day's walking tour to the forest. The sky was getting darker. A strong wind began to blow and we heard a / the thunder.

    I know that "thunder" is uncountable and it's better to use "a clap of thunder" or a "roll of thunder", but still, can one just use "thunder" alone and sound natural?
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    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Default Re: I heard a thunder. / I heard the thuder.

    You can hear thunder but not a thunder.

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    Default Re: I heard a thunder. / I heard the thuder.

    And can I hear the thunder?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Default Re: I heard a thunder. / I heard the thuder.

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    And can I hear the thunder?
    Yes. It's unlikely in your sentence. Not only has there been no previous mention of thunder, but no real mention of a storm.

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