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    about a-article

    Teachers,

    If you want say that you have a particular kind of allergy, such as in the following,is the "a-particle" necessary or not needed?

    I have (a) pollen allergy.
    I have (a) cat allergy.
    I have (an) egg allergy.
    I have (a) wheat allergy.

    If both can be used, which(with a or without a) is considered to be more common in everyday usage?

    Thank you so very much.

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    Re: about a-article

    Quote Originally Posted by bouji View Post
    Teachers,

    If you want say that you have a particular kind of allergy, such as in the following,is the "a-particle" necessary or not needed?

    I have (a) pollen allergy.
    I have (a) cat allergy.
    I have (an) egg allergy.
    I have (a) wheat allergy.

    If both can be used, which(with a or without a) is considered to be more common in everyday usage?

    Thank you so very much.
    Dear bouji:

    It sounds more natural (to me) with the 'a'. People also often say, 'I'm allergic to xyz.'

    Best wishes,

    Petra

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