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    Using an article

    Hello!

    Could you please explain to me, why don't we need an any article in the following sentences:

    1. I was having dinner. (before dinner)

    2. I saw him in town yesterday. (before town)

    3. Put the verb into the correct form, past continuous or past simple. (before both tenses)

    Thanks!

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    Re: Using an article

    1. If we are referring simply to routine meals, we do not use an article. we generally have breakfast/lunch/dinner (nouns) rather than breakfast/lunch/fine (verbs),

    2. In town is an idiomatic expression meaning:

    a. In (the centre of) the town in which we live
    b. In the nearest town to the village in which we live
    c. (BrE) In London. This is becoming less common now

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    Re: Using an article

    Quote Originally Posted by George22 View Post
    3. Put the verb into the correct form, past continuous or past simple. (before both tenses)
    There are two possible explanations for the absence of the article before the teses:

    a. If the word 'tense' does not follow the name of the tense, we appear to have free choice. Some people use the article; other don't.
    b. Even people who use the article might not use it there. They feel that the names of the tenses are modifiers, and that the article before 'correct form' is implied in what follows.

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