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    An uncountable noun - definite vs zero article

    Is the article needed in this sentence:

    A frostbite is an injury caused by (the) exposure to severe cold.

    To be honest, even in spite of the fact that it is an uncountable noun, I believe that even "an" would work fine.

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    Re: An uncountable noun - definite vs zero article

    Quote Originally Posted by ChessEnthusiast View Post

    Frostbite is an injury caused by exposure to severe cold.
    No article is required in that sentence.

    Frostbite is a medical condition, not an injury.

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    Re: An uncountable noun - definite vs zero article

    Bear in mind that you don't need "injury/medical condition" at all.

    Frostbite is caused by [prolonged] exposure to extreme cold.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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