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    article a/an

    Can we omit all the articles esxcept the first one when there are series of things?

    I have a pen, rubber, ruler and a pencil.
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    I have a pen, a rubber, a ruler and a pencil.

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    Re: article a/an

    Yes, you can, but why would you? To save energy? As a native speaker and teacher I would advise using articles before all the nouns. It just sounds better (to me).

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    #3

    Re: article a/an

    Quote Originally Posted by tulipflower View Post
    Can we omit all the articles esxcept the first one when there are series of things?

    I have a pen, rubber, ruler and a pencil.
    or
    I have a pen, a rubber, a ruler and a pencil.
    Given that your question was whether we can omit all the articles except the first, why did you put the article before the last item on the list (pencil)?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: article a/an

    I don't agree at all that it sounds better and more natural to include an article before every noun.
    However, use them before all of them, or use it only before the first one. Don't do what Ems has pointed out - use it once and then again at the end.
    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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