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    kwfine is offline Banned
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    Default omit repeated article in a sentence

    Hi,
    I am kinda not sure if this is correct, but I have read a grammar book in which the author said one of the repeated article can be omitted in a sentence, for example:
    1) The dog has a long tail and a long body
    He said the sentence above can be re-written like this:
    1.b) The dog has a long tail and long body.


    I doubt if he is correct.

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    Default Re: omit repeated article in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by kwfine View Post
    Hi,
    I am kinda not sure if this is correct, but I have read a grammar book in which the author said one of the repeated article can be omitted in a sentence, for example:
    1) The dog has a long tail and a long body
    He said the sentence above can be re-written like this:
    1.b) The dog has a long tail and long body.


    I doubt if he is correct.
    Yes, it is absolutely right, so long as no ambiguity will arise if the indefinite article "a" in the second part of the sentence is omitted.
    Look at the following example,
    Peter has a black and a white cat.
    It means Peter has both a black cat and a white cat.
    However, if the indefinite article in the second part is omitted, for example,
    Peter has a black and white cat.
    That means Peter has only one cat which is black and white in colour.
    Did you see the differences, kwfine?
    (Not a teacher)

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