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    #1

    a/an or a zero article

    Dear Teachers,

    I think you should say/write

    a well-organised knowledge in the field of fundamentals of functional analysis.

    because it is specific.

    However I am not sure as I can see

    knowledge of/about: Solicitors should possess detailed knowledge of certain aspects of the law.


    in Macmillan Dictionary.

    Isn't it specific either?

    Thank you for your help,

    4ania4

    What is the rule



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    Re: a/an or a zero article

    Quote Originally Posted by 4ania4 View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    I think you should say/write

    a well-organised knowledge in the field of fundamentals of functional analysis.

    because it is specific.

    However I am not sure as I can see

    knowledge of/about: Solicitors should possess detailed knowledge of certain aspects of the law.


    in Macmillan Dictionary.

    Isn't it specific either?

    Thank you for your help,

    4ania4

    What is the rule

    "a well-organised knowledge in the field of fundamentals of functional analysis" I don't find this at all natural.

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    Re: a/an or a zero article

    Quote Originally Posted by 4ania4 View Post
    This is correct as it is. It's also possible with the indefinite article.

    I agree with bhai; I find the first sentence unnatural. Does the writer simply mean '(a) sound knowledge of the fundamentals of functional analysis'?

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    Re: a/an or a zero article

    Thank you for drawing your attention to the choice of an adjective. I want to say that the student knows a lot on the fundamentals of functional analysis and his/her knowledge is reliable. I would like to find the adjective which would sound more formal - either sound or thorough?

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    Re: a/an or a zero article

    It's not a matter of formality. A sound knowledge is less thorough than a thorough knowledge.

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    #6

    Re: a/an or a zero article

    I see. So I need "thorough". One more word came to my mind: comprehensive. My last question: Is comprehensive more or less the same as thorough?
    I'm really grateful your help.
    Have a nice evening :)

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