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    Default articles when enumerating places

    I always have problems when it comes to using articles in English and find it even more difficult when I have to enumerate some things, places etc.
    Which of the following sentences are correct (let's imagine I'm asking a hotel employee what facilities they have at their hotel):

    - Do you have a swimming pool, a sauna, satellite television and a health spa?
    ('a' - before countable nouns; no article before 'satellite tv' because it's uncountable)

    - Do you have a swimming pool, sauna, satellite tv and health spa?
    - Do you have swimming pool, sauna, satellite tv and health spa?

    I sometimes see descriptions of hotels, restaurants where there are no articles. Can I omit them just like I did in some of the sentences above?

    Thanks in advance for all the replies

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    Default Re: articles when enumerating places

    Quote Originally Posted by marker View Post
    I always have problems when it comes to using articles in English and find it even more difficult when I have to enumerate some things, places etc.
    Which of the following sentences are correct (let's imagine I'm asking a hotel employee what facilities they have at their hotel):

    - Do you have a swimming pool, a sauna, satellite television and a health spa? Yes.
    ('a' - before countable nouns; no article before 'satellite tv' because it's uncountable)

    - Do you have a swimming pool, sauna, satellite tv and health spa? Yes.
    - Do you have swimming pool, sauna, satellite tv and health spa? No. You must start with "a" if a singular countable item comes first in the list.
    Also

    - Do you have satellite tv, a sauna, swimming pool, and a health spa?

    I sometimes see descriptions of hotels, restaurants where there are no articles. Can I omit them just like I did in some of the sentences above? Yes; as above.

    Thanks in advance for all the replies
    You can get away with missing out the definite article in spoken English, but not in written English.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Default Re: articles when enumerating places

    Now it seems quite understandable :) Having in mind the rules provided by you, I can write the following sentences (correct me if I'm wrong):

    - Our guesthouse has rooms with saunas (no articles - plural), a swimming pool (the first item on the list which is singular) and a tennis court (the last item singular).

    And what if I mention such things enumerating them one by one using a dash:

    Our guesthouse has:
    - 5 rooms
    - swimming pool (with or without 'a')
    - tennis court

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    Default Re: articles when enumerating places

    Our guesthouse has:
    - 5 rooms
    - swimming pool (with or without 'a')
    - tennis court
    This is fine without the articles.

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