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    a/an or some countable/uncountable nouns

    Dear fellow teachers! Thanks for having taken me!
    My question is this:In an exam it is evaluated the use of the articles "a/an" and the adverb "some" for countable and uncountable nouns.

    Is it correct the following se ntence:

    "Those are______________ really nice slacks"
    Some students have written "some" in thse blank.

    The answer section says that the right answer is "nothing"

    Is it correct then: "those are some really nice slacks"??
    It is a basic level and students are learning when to use the articles, for example there are sentences like these:

    Would you like to be ________actor? The answer is "an"
    Or
    Do you collect _________ stamps? The answer is "nothing"

    Why, then, some students used "some" in the sentence refering to slacks?
    According to tje answers it is not correct, but I don't know how to explain to them why it is not correct!!!

    I would really appreciate your giving me some lights about this point!!!

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon!!

    Letiem

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    Re: a/an or some countable/uncountable nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Letiem View Post
    Dear fellow teachers! Thanks for having taken me!
    My question is this:In an exam it is evaluated the use of the articles "a/an" and the adverb "some" for countable and uncountable nouns.

    Is it correct the following se ntence:

    "Those are______________ really nice slacks"
    Some students have written "some" in thse blank.

    The answer section says that the right answer is "nothing"

    Is it correct then: "those are some really nice slacks"??
    It is a basic level and students are learning when to use the articles, for example there are sentences like these:

    Would you like to be ________actor? The answer is "an"
    Or
    Do you collect _________ stamps? The answer is "nothing"

    Why, then, some students used "some" in the sentence refering to slacks?
    According to tje answers it is not correct, but I don't know how to explain to them why it is not correct!!!

    I would really appreciate your giving me some lights about this point!!!

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon!!

    Letiem
    "some really nice slacks" is fine as a phrase. With "Those are" it's grammatical but it's not natural English. The answer section is right.
    In the other two examples the answers are also correct.

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    Re: a/an or some countable/uncountable nouns

    'Some' is possible in that sentence, though 'nothing' is better. It's not a good question for basic level students.

    A single question mark is sufficient after 'slacks'.

    There is no need to use any exclamation marks in your post — let alone eight.

    Please don't post the same thread more than once.



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    Last edited by Rover_KE; 01-Jul-2014 at 20:22.

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    Re: a/an or some countable/uncountable nouns

    I agree that "some" is possible, especially when expression admiration.
    Those are some seriously high heels you're wearing.
    Those are some gorgeous earrings.
    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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    Re: a/an or some countable/uncountable nouns

    I find "Those are some really nice slacks" perfectly natural.

    Those are some really nice cakes you've made.
    These are some great photographs.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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