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    Hi,
    I am confused Ė should there be articles here?
    1. Children, donít make (a) noise.
    2. We are used to (a) constant traffic noise.
    Could there be 2 versions with different meanings?
    TIA

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    Re: noise

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi,
    I am confused Ė should there be articles here?
    1. Children, donít make (a) noise.
    2. We are used to (a) constant traffic noise.
    Could there be 2 versions with different meanings?
    TIA
    #1 could be "don't make a sound", but these uses of noise are uncountable.

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    Re: noise

    In British English, I think it would be fairly normal to use 'a noise' in the first example, but not in the second.


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    Re: noise

    Thank you, Mike and tdol.

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    Re: noise

    "noise" is both countable (will take the indefinite article) and uncountable(without the indefinite article) , the meaning may change depending on how it is used. check out "online dictionaries" in the reference section of this site.

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    Re: noise

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Thank you, Mike and tdol.
    You're welcome.

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