Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: noise

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    1,335
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default noise

    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

  2. #2
    MikeNewYork's Avatar
    MikeNewYork is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    14,463
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default 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.

  3. #3
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    43,087
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default 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.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    1,335
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: noise

    Thank you, Mike and tdol.

  5. #5
    eflnow is offline Junior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Italy
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    62
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default 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.

  6. #6
    MikeNewYork's Avatar
    MikeNewYork is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    14,463
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: noise

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

Similar Threads

  1. TDOL: UE Quiz-Wish
    By blacknomi in forum Comments & Suggestions
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 20-May-2009, 17:36
  2. Above/over the noise of...
    By retro in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 14-Oct-2006, 12:36
  3. adjectives
    By Ana Laura in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 24-Sep-2006, 07:47
  4. ...inasmuch...
    By Tomasz Klimkiewicz in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 08-Oct-2004, 13:28
  5. Need help again! Sorry for the hassle, everyone! T_T
    By Helped Wanted in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 16-Oct-2003, 09:55

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •