Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. Newbie
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

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

    family' or 'a family

    _______plays an important part in our life. family / healthy/ exercise/ having job


    I think it should be family or exercise, but I was told it should be exercise because 'family' is not correct. it should have been 'a family'. but i don't understand why 'a family' should be used.
    Last edited by hsiang; 24-May-2011 at 16:55.

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,838
    #2

    Re: family' or 'a family

    Quote Originally Posted by hsiang View Post
    I think it should be family or exercise, but I was told it should be exercise because 'family' is not correct. it should have been 'a family'. but i don't understand why 'a family' should be used.
    Without posting the original question that you are referring to, it's impossible to help you!

  3. Newbie
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

    • Join Date: Nov 2010
    • Posts: 3
    #3

    family' or 'a family

    _______plays an important part in our life. family / healthy/ exercise/ having job


    I think it should be family or exercise, but I was told it should be exercise because 'family' is not correct. it should have been 'a family'. but i don't understand why 'a family' should be used.[/QUOTE]

  4. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,838
    #4

    Re: family' or 'a family

    Quote Originally Posted by hsiang View Post
    _______plays an important part in our life. family / healthy/ exercise/ having job


    I think it should be family or exercise, but I was told it should be exercise because 'family' is not correct. it should have been 'a family'. but i don't understand why 'a family' should be used.
    [/QUOTE]

    Exercise is a perfectly acceptable answer. However, so is family. I don't know who told you that it must be "a family". Family, as a standalone word, describes the concept as opposed to a specific family.

    Family plays an important part in African society.

    I would have one other issue with the original sentence - I would say "our lives", not "our life".

Similar Threads

  1. family is perfectionists or family are perfectionist
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 28-Apr-2010, 00:48
  2. [Grammar] Family
    By lady_bird13 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 18-Apr-2010, 19:09
  3. I and my family ???
    By juliana2 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-Mar-2010, 21:56
  4. [Grammar] family
    By unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 28-Sep-2008, 17:22
  5. family
    By navi t in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 17-Jun-2006, 13:47

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
  •