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    1. Security alarm will sound if (a/the) door is opened. (Is 'a/the' omitted here? Or is 'door' an uncountable noun here because you don't know if it is one door or two doors?
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    I agree. a or the or even this has been omitted, probably to save space on the sign.

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    1. Security alarm will sound if (a/the) door is opened. (Can 'door' also be an uncountable noun here because you don't know if it is one door or two doors?

    I agree. a or the or even this has been omitted, probably to save space on the sign
    2. So 'door' can be uncountable and there is a possibility that 'a/the/this' is omitted?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    1. Security alarm will sound if (a/the) door is opened. (Can 'door' also be an uncountable noun here because you don't know if it is one door or two doors?

    2. So 'door' can be uncountable and there is a possibility that 'a/the/this' is omitted?

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    I'm not sure I understand what you mean by door 'can be uncountable'. It's a count noun, so it's always countable, or rather it requires a determiner--unless, that is, it's a sign on a door, and then small words are often omitted. In our example, the most likely case, given that the sign is on a specific door, is:

    (The/Our) security alarm will sound if (this) door is opened.

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