Results 1 to 3 of 3
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Current Location:
      • Saudi Arabia

    • Join Date: Apr 2010
    • Posts: 23
    #1

    using articles

    Please can you helping in understading the following:

    § Leave your old ideas behind so you can create room for new ones.
    ( why not a room) and is correct with a as well as without it?

    § Do we have class to day?
    Is it correct to add a class? If not why?


    § We need to know the qualification of individual we hire

    Is correct to add an before individual? If yes/no why? Because the sentence I came across it is as typed above.

    § Such a great feeling
    Why we added a ??? feeling /feelings is it something we can touch and count to add a before?

    § It was a pleasure to…../ it is a pleasure to…..

    Why we added a ??? pleasure is it something we can touch and count to add a before?

    § You always right
    § You are always right

    § If you no longer wish to receive……..
    § If you are no longer wish to receive…….

    Are both sentence correct ? and what is the difference in meaning with using are and without using are?

    your help will be appreciated.

    Thank you very much

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2009
    • Posts: 6,332
    #2

    Re: using articles

    Quote Originally Posted by Ebtehal View Post
    Please can you helping in understading the following:

    § Leave your old ideas behind so you can create room for new ones.
    ( why not a room) and is correct with a as well as without it?

    § Do we have class to day?
    Is it correct to add a class? If not why?


    § We need to know the qualification of individual we hire

    Is correct to add an before individual? If yes/no why? Because the sentence I came across it is as typed above.

    § Such a great feeling
    Why we added a ??? feeling /feelings is it something we can touch and count to add a before?

    § It was a pleasure to…../ it is a pleasure to…..

    Why we added a ??? pleasure is it something we can touch and count to add a before?

    § You always right
    § You are always right

    § If you no longer wish to receive……..
    § If you are no longer wish to receive…….

    Are both sentence correct ? and what is the difference in meaning with using are and without using are?

    your help will be appreciated.

    Thank you very much
    NOT A TEACHER


    Ebtehal,


    Until a teacher answers you, may I share a few ideas?

    (1) I believe that "If you are no longer wish to receive ...."


    is just "bad" English. Since the verb is "wish," do not use

    the verb "be." This is a common mistake made by learners.

    If you wish to to use "be," you could say:

    If you are no longer interested in receiving ....

    (2) In English, you always need a verb. In some languages, it

    is OK to say "You always right." But not in English. You need a

    verb:

    You are/seem always right.

    (3) Yes, "pleasure" is a count noun. So we do use "a." (By the way,

    you say that we can touch "pleasure." I do not think that we can.

    We cannot touch "love," "hate," "happiness," etc.)

    (4) Why "Such a great feeling"?

    This is how I understand it:

    (a) The "correct" order is "A such great feeling." But

    native speakers have decided that they do not like that order. So

    we have to say "Such a great feeling." Every language has special

    points that learners have to learn.

    (5) Create room for new ideas. "Room" in this sentence does not

    mean a room such as a bedroom, living room, kitchen, etc. It means

    something like "opportunities." If you say "Create a room for

    new ideas," that means that you want to put new ideas into a

    room with four walls!!!

    (6) Americans say, "Do we have class today?" if you mean:

    Is our class meeting today? (Maybe the teacher is sick)

    But you would say, "Do you have a class at night?" when referring

    to a specific class.

    (7) I think that the sentence would be better as:

    We need to know the qualifications of individuals we hire.

    We need to know the qualifications of an individual we hire.

    We need to know the qualifications of the individual we hire.

    *****

    I think that you will get a faster reply if you ask only one

    question each time.

    Thank you

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Current Location:
      • Saudi Arabia

    • Join Date: Apr 2010
    • Posts: 23
    #3

    Re: using articles

    Thank you very much for your help and the time you took to answer my questions, appreciated so much.

Similar Threads

  1. using articles
    By kayetan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 19-Jul-2009, 00:40
  2. what is indefenite articles & defenite articles
    By ragharch in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 30-May-2007, 14:39
  3. articles-2
    By joseph boulos in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-Nov-2006, 17:30
  4. The articles
    By erihime in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 05-Nov-2006, 01:40
  5. articles
    By dharma in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 24-Jul-2006, 11:46

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
  •