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    #1

    a certain

    What's correct:
    certain word
    or
    a certain word?

    'A certain' sounds bad too me. I think 'certain' carries the meaning of 'a' itself. What's the usus?

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    Re: a certain

    I'm trying to think of a sentence with "certain word" that does NOT include the word "a" and can't.

    I'm sure a member of the forum who loves to prove people wrong will find one, though.

    Can you write a couple sentences where you'd want to use it?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: a certain

    E.g.
    I have certain word in mind./I have a certain word in mind.

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    Re: a certain

    For sure, use "I have a certain word in mind."

    Word is still a countable noun and it needs an article (in the singular), which is a role that "certain" can't play.
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    #5

    Re: a certain

    Thank you!

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