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    Ok, I found this in a grammar in use book, but another teacher and I don't agree on it so I'd like second, or even third opinions.

    The sentence says:
    "Most children in England have to wear uniform to school".

    I believe the sentence should say:
    "Most children in England have to wear a uniform to school".

    or

    "Most children in England have to wear uniforms to school".

    Is there anyone that agrees with the use of the word uniform in singular and without the use of the indefinite article "a"? If so, why?

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    Hi,

    I definitely agree with you and your teacher. Most likely it was a typo.

    Iza


    Quote Originally Posted by queenmaabd
    Ok, I found this in a grammar in use book, but another teacher and I don't agree on it so I'd like second, or even third opinions.

    The sentence says:
    "Most children in England have to wear uniform to school".

    I believe the sentence should say:
    "Most children in England have to wear a uniform to school".

    or

    "Most children in England have to wear uniforms to school".

    Is there anyone that agrees with the use of the word uniform in singular and without the use of the indefinite article "a"? If so, why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by queenmaabd
    Ok, I found this in a grammar in use book, but another teacher and I don't agree on it so I'd like second, or even third opinions.


    The sentence says:
    "Most children in England have to wear uniform to school".

    I believe the sentence should say:
    "Most children in England have to wear a uniform to school".

    or

    "Most children in England have to wear uniforms to school".

    Is there anyone that agrees with the use of the word uniform in singular and without the use of the indefinite article "a"? If so, why?
    I agree with you.
    :)

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    Hi,
    I am not a natvie speaker and I get the feeling that you people are, but I think that I have heard "wearing uniform" before. I did a google word search and it did come up (you have to check to see if the people who wrote it were native speakers). You also have the expression "in uniform" (not necessarily "in a uniform"). I think the reason is that "uniform" is both a count and a non-count noun. I think it can be used both ways. Apparently the safest bet is to use it with an article.

    It would be interesting to see what the others think about it.
    As usual, I might be completely off the track, of-course.

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    Thank you all for your useful information. We have decided to the word uniform with the word "a" just to be safe!!!

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    I think we can say 'men in uniform' for instance.

    FRC

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    Quote Originally Posted by queenmaabd
    Ok, I found this in a grammar in use book, but another teacher and I don't agree on it so I'd like second, or even third opinions.

    The sentence says:
    "Most children in England have to wear uniform to school".

    I believe the sentence should say:
    "Most children in England have to wear a uniform to school".

    or

    "Most children in England have to wear uniforms to school".

    Is there anyone that agrees with the use of the word uniform in singular and without the use of the indefinite article "a"? If so, why?
    I agree with "a unifrom" or "uniforms". As written, it is incorrect. :wink:

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    Then I was wrong. Sorry.

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    i think a uniform sounds better then uniform to school

    but i know that different authors from different places have different rules

    for example england grammer rules is different from americans

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Then I was wrong. Sorry.
    Though the most common would be with the indefinite article,I have heard it without here in the UK. I wouldn't say it's an error- it looks like another AE\BE thing.

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