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    Anger rose in him

    Would you please take a look at these sentences and correct my mistakes. I am wondering if the word "anger" needs an article. What would happen if I used an adjective, for example "fierce anger." In that case, does "anger" need an article?

    Peter watched a group of children taunting an old man walking with a stick, and anger rose in him. If they were his children, he would give them a proper beating.
    Last edited by Bassim; 25-Aug-2015 at 15:36.

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    #2

    Re: Anger rose in him

    No article is needed before "anger" in that sentence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Anger rose in him

    emsr2d2,
    Thank you for your reply. I am just wondering what is happening with the word "anger" in the case I have an adjective. Do I need an article in that case?
    For example:
    Peter watched a group of children taunting an old man walking with a stick, and a fierce anger rose in him.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 25-Aug-2015 at 18:37. Reason: Fixing typo.

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    Re: Anger rose in him

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    a fierce anger
    I would omit 'a' because 'anger' is uncountable, but I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: Anger rose in him

    I could use the "a" to describe a particular type of emotion, a fierce anger.
    Feeling is also generally uncountable, but "a strange feeling" is common.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Anger rose in him

    'Feeling' is countable, but 'anger' is not.
    I deem it grammatical to say 'a feeling of fierce anger', but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Anger rose in him

    Countable or not, it can still be used.
    https://www.englishforums.com/Englis...vhbpz/post.htm
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    #8

    Re: Anger rose in him

    There is nothing wrong with "a fierce anger".

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    Re: Anger rose in him

    Do you mean the construction 'indefinite article + adjective + uncountable noun' is grammatical?

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    #10

    Re: Anger rose in him

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Do you mean the construction 'indefinite article + adjective + uncountable noun' is grammatical?
    'Anger' is functioning as a countable noun in 'a fierce anger'. It is a type of anger that is fierce.

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