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    make a noise

    Sue opened the door carefully trying not to make a noise.

    Is it possible to omit "a" without changing the meaning of the sentence? Why is the article even used there?
    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.

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    Re: make a noise

    The meaning changes slightly if you omit the article. Trying not to make noise means the general case of trying to remain silent. Trying not to make a noise means avoiding making a sound which could be named, such as the squeak of a hinge.
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