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    I am still having problems with articles (especially with them)!
    I hope I am not chafing you with that (btw, can I say it like this?).

    Why is there no article used in the following sentence?

    There is considerable discussion today about the future of zoos and what their role should be.

    I'd suggest to insert the article "a" between is and considerable...

    Could you correct my English, please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenka View Post
    I am still having problems with articles (especially with them)!
    I hope I am not chafing you with that (btw, can I say it like this?).
    I've never heard that. You might say 'Sorry to go on/harp on about this, but...' or 'I hope I'm not getting on your nerves...' (and no, you're not)

    Quote Originally Posted by Lenka View Post
    Why is there no article used in the following sentence?

    There is considerable discussion today about the future of zoos and what their role should be.

    I'd suggest to insert the article "a" between is and considerable...

    Could you correct my English, please?
    There is more than one discussion (which is what 'a discussion' would imply); in fact, now I think of it, 'discussion' in this sentence doesn't refer either to an event or to a number of events. Rather, in the collocation with 'considerable', it refers to a general situation that favours the existence of discussions.

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    there is a considerable amount of discussion

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