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    irinaofr is offline Newbie
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    Default Mrs

    I did a test on line on articles. Why is it

    a deep knowledge (I know a rule, that knowledge is an uncountable noun and it said
    Do not use a/an with uncountable nouns preceded by an adjective(s))


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    Default Re: Mrs

    I've never heard of this rule, and I have a vast knowledge of English rules.

    There could be a hard rain, or a pleasant sunshine.

    I see no reason to not use an article with uncountable nouns and their adjectives.

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    Default Re: Mrs

    This is just one of a few exceptions to that rule.

    Other examples of contradictions to the rule include:
    - A vast understanding
    - A great happiness
    - A brilliant patriotism

    With such contradictions, it is surprising that such a "rule" even existed (afterall, is it not true that you have disproved a rule when exceptions occour).
    Nevertheless, in many places such a rule is encouraged, for example:
    ESL Guide to Countable and Uncountable Nouns

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    Default Re: Mrs

    Very good point, Niall. I was able to think of many more uncountable nouns that can't take an article than can. I suppose that we native speakers don't make mistakes in our usage of articles, and that's why I never thought of that rule (if it is a rule). I'm going to think about this some more.

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