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    Articles: 'called an air cannon' vs. 'with an equipment like this'

    So, in this exercise in which I have to find the unnecessary articles, it says that in this phrase 'With an equipment like this, retail outlets are no longer confined to one or two long-lasting smells', an should be eliminated, but I personally don't understand why. Isn't it like saying 'with such an equipment'? Why should I remove the article?
    Also, in this phrase 'A new device has been developed by a Japanese inventor, called an air cannon'. I would have removed an, but my book doesn't mention that. Wasn't it enough to say 'called air cannon'?
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    Re: Articles: 'called an air cannon' vs. 'with an equipment like this'

    I would remove the indefinite article.

    With equipment like this ...
    With a piece of equipment like this ...
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Articles: 'called an air cannon' vs. 'with an equipment like this'

    Quote Originally Posted by Cristina.W View Post
    So, in this exercise in which I have to find the unnecessary articles, it says that in this phrase 'With an equipment like this, retail outlets are no longer confined to one or two long-lasting smells', an should be eliminated, but I personally don't understand why. Isn't it like saying 'with such an equipment'? Why should I remove the article?
    Also, in this phrase 'A new device has been developed by a Japanese inventor, called an air cannon'. I would have removed an, but my book doesn't mention that. Wasn't it enough to say 'called air cannon'?
    Thank you.
    I agree with emsr about "equipment". I don't know what an "air cannon" is, but I would keep the article there.

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    Re: Articles: 'called an air cannon' vs. 'with an equipment like this'

    The reason why "an" should not be used before "equipment" is that "equipment" normally refers to several different items. In this context, a single item will be referred to as "an item of equipment", or "a piece of equipment" - as emsr2d2 has said.
    An air cannon, on the other hand, is an identifiably single item.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: Articles: 'called an air cannon' vs. 'with an equipment like this'

    Wasn't it enough to say 'called air cannon'?


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