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    When to use zero articles

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    Re: Articles

    Quote Originally Posted by rvkvenky View Post

    When do we use zero articles?
    Here's a website you should find useful:

    BBC World Service | Learning English | Grammar Challenge

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    Re: Articles

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Here's a website you should find useful:

    BBC World Service | Learning English | Grammar Challenge

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    I checked the link, and to my suprise, I found this;
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    4. In exclamations with what + uncountable noun:
    What beautiful weather!
    What loud music!
    What disgusting food!
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    I always use them with indefinite articles. So, I'm a bit confused now.

    Would anyone shed more light on it?

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    Re: Articles

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    I checked the link, and to my suprise, I found this;
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    4. In exclamations with what + uncountable noun:
    What beautiful weather!
    What loud music!
    What disgusting food!
    --------------------------------------------------
    I always use them with indefinite articles. So, I'm a bit confused now.

    Would anyone shed more light on it?
    The examples you have quoted are perfect. We would not say "What a beautiful weather". Weather is a mass uncountable noun and takes no article with exclamations. In fact, it only ever takes the definite article or the zero article.

    The same goes for music. "What loud music!" - perfect. "The music is very loud" - perfect. "A music is loud" - totally incorrect.

    And the same for food.

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