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    #1

    Is the article needed?

    Dear Forum Users,

    I cough violently from the smoke or I cough violently from smoke?

    Can the article be used in a general sense here?

    Thank you.

    Csika

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    Re: Is the article needed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Csika View Post
    Dear Forum Users,

    I cough violently from the smoke or I cough violently from smoke?

    Can the article be used in a general sense here?

    Thank you.

    Csika
    Context is required please, for each example. It might be possible to use both, interchangeably or otherwise. Are you talking about cigarette smoke, bonfire smoke, smoke from your car engine ... ?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is the article needed?

    Hi emsr2d2,

    I am talking about cigarette smoke and I want to make a general statement.

    Csika

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    #4

    Re: Is the article needed?

    The most natural way to say this would be, "Cigarette smoke makes me cough", in my opinion.

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    Re: Is the article needed?

    Or, to retain the extent of the reaction, "Cigarette smoke makes me cough violently".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: Is the article needed?

    And yet:
    I hate cigarettes. The smell is digusting, people tend to leave butts all over, and the smoke makes me cough violently.

    In this case, it's "the smoke from cigarattes."

    However, as an isolated sentence, I greatly prefer 5jj's and ems's.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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