Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: May 2013
    • Posts: 1,099

    by the light

    He was going to the his favorite point when, suddenly, he was blinded by the/a/- bright light which he had never seen before.

    A friend of mine inclines me to write "by the bright light". However, I'd go for "by bright light", because "light" is an uncountable noun in the sentence above.

    What would you say?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,822

    Re: by the light

    The fact that it's followed by "which he had never seen before" makes using "bright light" (uncountably) unnatural. It is very unlikely that he had never seen any type of bright light in his entire life.

    I would say "He was blinded by a bright light, which he had never seen there before". Presumably, it was simply the appearance of a bright light specifically as he approached his "favorite point" which was notable.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 22-Sep-2014, 15:01
  2. traffic light or signal light
    By skystar30097 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 04-Aug-2013, 00:37
  3. traffic light or time light?
    By keannu in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 10-Aug-2012, 14:11
  4. Turn light vs turning light
    By Akira in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 02-Mar-2010, 08:11
  5. Light socket= Light switch?
    By sambistapt in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 16-May-2008, 14:46


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts