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  1. meraviglioso's Avatar
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    #1

    article with the noun "steerage"?

    I am struggeling with the following problem.

    As far as I have understood, you say:

    we had to stay in steerage

    but not

    we had to stad in the/a steerage

    Am I right?

    But what about the following sentence:

    The steerage was crowded

    Is here the needed or can it also be left out?

    Thanks a lot

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    #2

    Re: article with the noun "steerage"?

    The "the" is optional there.


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    #3

    Re: article with the noun "steerage"?

    "Steerage" isn't a very common word. I would not use an article.

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    Re: article with the noun "steerage"?

    You are most likely, I think, to see the word "steerage" in stories about the Titanic.


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    #5

    Re: article with the noun "steerage"?

    If you're referring to different levels of passage on a ship, then you would not use an article (like "the") with Steerage. It is treated the same as First Class, Business Class, Economy, etc, when discussing different ticket prices/modes of travel.

    "Steerage was crowded, I could hardly sleep due to all the noise."
    "The beds in Steerage weren't nearly as luxurious as those in First Class, but so many fellow passengers shared their whiskey with all of us that eventually it didn't matter!"

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