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    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions to ask.

    No.1
    As far as I know "happiness" is an uncountable noun. But in my text there is a sentence "I have always hoped that you had in some measure found a new happiness".
    Could you please explain why "a happiness"?

    No.2
    Could you please explain if I can say "What's particular about this place is that it is crowded in the morning"?

    Looking forward from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: happiness

    Hi

    I read it as an elipsis: a new (kind of) happiness, wherein the article "a" belongs to kind of, not happiness.

    Ex: A new kind of book.
    Ex: A new kind of milk.
    Ex: A new kind of furniture.


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    Re: happiness

    Hi,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I understand it. Could you please explain the second question?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
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    Hi

    I read it as an elipsis: a new (kind of) happiness, wherein the article "a" belongs to kind of, not happiness.

    Ex: A new kind of book.
    Ex: A new kind of milk.
    Ex: A new kind of furniture.


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    Re: happiness

    Hi

    Sentence No.2, copied below, has a good structure, but the word 'particular' doesn't seem to fit all that well:

    No.2 What's particular about this place is that it is crowded in the morning.

    The sentence reads, ?that this place is crowded in the morning is particular.

    You could try these alternatives:

    What's particularly dreadful or quite notableabout this place is that it is crowded in the morning.

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    Re: happiness

    Hi,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I understand it.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Hi

    Sentence No.2, copied below, has a good structure, but the word 'particular' doesn't seem to fit all that well:

    No.2 What's particular about this place is that it is crowded in the morning.

    The sentence reads, ?that this place is crowded in the morning is particular.

    You could try these alternatives:

    What's particularly dreadful or quite notableabout this place is that it is crowded in the morning.

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