Student or Learner
There is an initial list in the book about articles:
address - -- idea - -- - month - -- scheme - -- year
effect - -- - -issue - -- plan - -- - -shock
election - -- method - -problem - -suggestion
hour - -- - -- munite - -remark - -- week
Does anybody know if there is an entire list?
As an optional part of the question I also would want to find entire list of uncount nouns (such as):
advice* behaviour equipment* furniture* hair* health homework* information* knowledge* machinery* money music* news* progress research* shopping traffic travel wealth weather
If I waded through these more or less then I would search the list of plural nouns.
The best thing is putting SQL-queries to dictionary database: SELECT uncount FROM nouns GROUP BY abstract (but again can't find).
PS: Am I correct in the underlined part.. and in articles in the whole?
Last edited by Raymott; 04-Jan-2011 at 02:05.
Some corpora produce lemma lists and they might be a good source. Browse here for links to corpora:
Corpus Linguistics - ESL Web Directory - UsingEnglish.com
PS New words are formed every day, so the idea of a complete list is a dream.
And how can I perfectly learn The English articles usage, without dealing with this enourmous quantity of words? Yes I can learn Proper.. strict rules.. all exceptions, BUT:
changing meaning (and changing count/non and accordingly changing the articles).. btw Must I use all (the) time "the articles" or articles.
...and all this stuff drives me crazy
I think It's all about meaning, and as I think a lot about meaning, and if I replace, for exaple, article.. to zero article.. hm actual meaning is not changing (maybe because I'm Russian).
Certainly learn what you can, but things like this come with practice and experience.
Yes I agree with you. Let's understand me. In the last subchapters of the chapter 2 there are transformations i.e. 2.8 Converting uncount nouns to count nouns meaning "a type of" (2.7 - "a unit of") and vice versa (2.9+). By this time I must have a steady position and know what is uncountable by definition. (It seems to me like that)
I strongly believe you have gained much experience with articles in your native English classes in early school or so...
The concept of countable and uncountable nouns is taught to natives, with a brief list to illustrate the difference. But again, natives learn language differently, so no comprehensive list is needed.
I can understand that you would need enough knowledge to pass the section 2.8, etc. of your book. But that certainly doesn't require an exhaustive list - which, in any case, would be difficult to learn even if it were available.