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    I understand article is to be used before every noun with some exception.

    We will play chess today.

    I know before chess, we can't use "a" but don't know the reason behind it. Since "chess" is a noun so there should be a noun before chess if we go by rule of first line. Please explain.

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    Re: Article

    This is too wide a topic to be explained here. Click here to read about the use of articles.

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    Please note that a better title would have been We will play chess today.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    We will play chess today.

    We will play chess today.
    Chess is a noun. Why we don't use "a" before chess?

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    Re: We will play chess today.

    If we open a dictionary, we will see that chess is a mass noun. It's uncountable, we cannot count it.

    As an English learner, I'd highly suggest you using dictionaries to find out or check whether a noun is countable or uncountable.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.
    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.

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    Re: Article

    Quote Originally Posted by Anil Giria View Post
    I understand [that] an article is to be used before every noun with some exceptions.

    We will play chess today.

    I know before chess we can't use "a" but don't know the reason behind it. Since "chess" is a noun, so there should be a noun an article before chess if we go by the rule of in the first line. Please explain.
    "Chess" is an uncountable noun so we don't have "a chess" or "the chess". It is simply the name of a game. The same rule applies to all games and sports.

    I like tennis.
    He likes football.
    She plays hockey.
    They love badminton.
    Why do you enjoy backgammon?

    As you can see from my corrections to your post above (in red), you need to do some work on your use of articles in general.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Article

    Anil Giria, I have merged the two almost identical threads you posted. Please don't ask the same question twice. It gets very confusing.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Article

    I understand [that] an article is to be used before every noun with some exceptions.
    IF I write: I understand, article is to be.......[ if I use "comma" then can I avoid using "that ,an" (as mentioned in red)]

    We will play chess today.
    I know before chess we can't use "a" but don't know the reason behind it. Since "chess" is a noun, so there ["so" is wrong or redundant here"]should be a noun an article before chess if we go by the rule of in the ( why "of "is wrong) first line. Please explain.

    Please clarify my doubts.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 08-Jun-2015 at 07:54. Reason: Added quotes and removed bold and colours

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    Re: Article

    No. You can't write "I understand, article is to be used before every noun". That's not grammatical. You can say:

    I understand an article is to be used ...
    I understand that an article is to be used ...
    I understand articles are to be used before all nouns ...
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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