Results 1 to 3 of 3

    • Join Date: Jul 2010
    • Posts: 3
    #1

    Grammar help needed

    Hello teachers,

    Please help me with the following questions. It may sound silly, but i get confused sometimes.

    First, which one of these statements is correct and why?

    Id like to buy a coffee/ Id like to buy a cup of coffee.

    Second question, I did not understand the concept of this rule of the use of indefinite article. Please read the following.


    "We use indefinite article after 'to be' when we are describing something or someone."



  1. MASM's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Spain
      • Current Location:
      • Spain

    • Join Date: Dec 2009
    • Posts: 292
    #2

    Re: Grammar help needed

    Quote Originally Posted by freewill2012 View Post
    Hello teachers,

    Please help me with the following questions. It may sound silly, but i get confused sometimes.

    First, which one of these statements is correct and why?

    Id like to buy a coffee/ Id like to buy a cup of coffee.

    Second question, I did not understand the concept of this rule of the use of indefinite article. Please read the following.


    "We use indefinite article after 'to be' when we are describing something or someone."


    Both sentences are correct. Although coffee is uncountable we're are implying that we want a cup of coffee, and therefore we only use coffee/tea/coke...

    I'm not sure about your second question, do you mean like in the sentence "He is a doctor"?

  2. 2010's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India

    • Join Date: May 2010
    • Posts: 373
    #3

    Re: Grammar help needed

    Quote Originally Posted by freewill2012 View Post
    Hello teachers,

    Please help me with the following questions. It may sound silly, but i get confused sometimes.

    First, which one of these statements is correct and why?

    Id like to buy a coffee/ Id like to buy a cup of coffee.

    Second question, I did not understand the concept of this rule of the use of indefinite article. Please read the following.

    "We use indefinite article after 'to be' when we are describing something or someone."

    ===Not a teacher===

    I would like to buy coffee.

    I would like to buy a cup of coffee.

    I am not sure about your second question. It is not always mandatory that you need to use an indefinite article to describe someone or something.

    EX: She is beautiful.

    She is a beautiful girl.

Similar Threads

  1. Grammar help needed
    By edusolutions in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 26-Apr-2007, 11:55
  2. Grammar help needed
    By edusolutions in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 24-Apr-2007, 12:27
  3. Grammar help needed
    By edusolutions in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 20-Apr-2007, 22:48
  4. Grammar help needed
    By tjj in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 16-Mar-2007, 06:34
  5. grammar help needed
    By tjj in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 16-Jul-2006, 06:27

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •