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    Articles needed ?

    Hi,
    "Addison is seen as a conciliator between town and country."
    Town and country both are countable nouns, but why there is no articles used.
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    Re: Articles needed ?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Good morning, Sumon:

    (1) "Town and country" is a set phrase. It is not idiomatic (the way native speakers use the language) to use articles.

    (2) I found this explanation (Google eBooks) from the November 2, 1861, issue of The Saturday Review of Politics:

    "England, in times past, used to be divided into Town and Country [hills, fields]."

    (3) The magazine explains that the old phrase, Town and Country, gives the capital [London] its pre-eminence [first place in the phrase].

    *****

    (4) Here is another set phrase that I think that you would like to know: town and gown.

    (a) "Town" refers to the residents of the town/city.

    (b) "Gown" refers to the students and teachers of a nearby college.

    (a) In the "old" days, college students wore gowns (something like a long robe).

    (c) Many years ago (not today, of course) there was much unfriendly behavior between town and gown. (My note: maybe some of the town residents were envious of the college students; maybe some of the college students were not respectful of the town residents.)

    Source: dictionary.com.

    (5) Therefore, your sentence seems to have a meaning something like this: Mr. Addison is trying to have the city residents and the country residents respect each other. I do not know which "Addison" your sentence refers to. If it is the famous Joseph Addison (died in 1719), then I assume that "town" refers to London. If you use this phrase today, I guess that it just refers to the relations between city and non-city residents.

    HAVE A NICE DAY!







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    Re: Articles needed ?

    Good night, Parser.
    I do not know which "Addison" your sentence refers to. If it is the famous Joseph Addison (died in 1719), then I assume that "town" refers to London.
    Yes, you are right.


    HAVE A NICE DAY!
    Same to you.


    By the way, can I make phrases like that in my writing? Such as, There were lots of differences between village and city, nowadays these differences are decreasing
    to a great extent.
    or I have to say :There were lots of differences between villages and cities, nowadays these differences are decreasing to a great extent.
    or There were lots of differences between town and country, nowadays these differences are decreasing to a great extent.

    Thank you.
    Last edited by sumon.; 19-Mar-2012 at 16:21.

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    Re: Articles needed ?

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    Thank you very much for your kind note.

    As usual, you have asked an excellent question.

    We non-teachers have been warned not to give answers unless we are reasonably sure that we are correct.

    Since I do not have the confidence to answer your question, I shall wait with you for a qualified person to answer.

    Thanks again.

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