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    indefinite article

    "Many people think ants are a pest." Could anybody please explain why the usage of the indefinite article is correct in this sentence? Thanks.

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    Re: indefinite article

    They are one of a group of insects commonly referred to as pests. It could just as easily have said "Many people think ants are pests".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: indefinite article

    Could you give some other examples including this structure (plural noun + plural verb + a + singular noun?)

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    Re: indefinite article

    Some people think spiders are a pain in the neck.
    Many people think that traffic wardens are a nightmare to deal with.
    Very few people think film directors are a marvel.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: indefinite article

    Thank you so much.

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    Re: indefinite article

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    Re: indefinite article

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Some people think spiders are a pain in the neck.
    Many people think that traffic wardens are a nightmare to deal with.
    Very few people think film directors are a marvel.
    Hi ems

    I am wondering if it is correct to say "Very few people think film directors are marvels."? Why do we use " a marvel" after "film directors are"?

    Thanks.

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