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    #1

    Angry article confusing with abstract nouns

    Hello everyone.
    I've watch a lot of videos and I've read a lot of sites but i'm still confused between using the and a with abstract nouns.

    I've read somewhere that Indefinite article may be used with some abstract nouns to show a special type of smth. e.g.

    After a fairly long silence the Captain continued.
    Why can't I use the instead of a? Doesn't the show us the speciality of a noun? (I think so because I've watched the video where someone says that the are used with abstract nouns when there's a definition before a noun which specifies the kind of a noun (the death penalty for example)


    I have perfect confidence in him.

    Why doesn't man written the sentence above write a before "perfect"? And why doesn't he write the?

    She has great experience in this work.

    The same questing as above. (before "great")

    The main question: How to use these articles with abstract nouns? Where I need to place a, and where the? Can someone give me the book or the link where this question is explained thoroughly (HIGHLY THOROUGHLY), or maybe you can explain it to me on your own?


    I'm sorry, if there're mistakes in the text above. I hope you understand my question, because I've never asked for help writing in English and I don't even know what I don't definitely know :c


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    #2

    Re: article confusing with abstract nouns

    Please note that some nouns have neither a singular nor a plural.

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    #3

    Re: article confusing with abstract nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by ShadeWe View Post
    Hello everyone.
    I've watched a lot of videos and I've read a lot of visited many websites, but I'm still confused between using the and a with abstract nouns.
    Hello ShadeWe, and welcome to the forum.

    Quote Originally Posted by ShadeWe View Post
    I've read somewhere that the indefinite article may be used with some abstract nouns to show a special type of smth. e.g.

    After a fairly long silence, the captain continued.
    Why can't I use the instead of a? Doesn't the show us the specialty of a noun? (I think so because I've watched the video where someone says that the are is used with abstract nouns when there's a definition before a noun which specifies the kind of a noun (the death penalty for example).
    In that sentence, it is possible to use "the" if you'd already referred to the "silence" in your text.

    Quote Originally Posted by ShadeWe View Post
    I have perfect confidence in him.

    Why doesn't man written the sentence above write use a before "perfect"? And why doesn't he write it use the?
    Here, "confidence" is an abstract quality; in the previous sentence, "silence" meant a period of silence.
    Quote Originally Posted by ShadeWe View Post
    She has great experience in this work.

    The same questing as above. (before "great")
    Same answer as above.
    Last edited by teechar; 26-Feb-2017 at 12:58. Reason: added correction spotted by Tarheel

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    #4

    Re: article confusing with abstract nouns

    Say:

    I've watched a lot of videos....

    (As I am not a moderator, I cannot move this thread.)

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    #5

    Re: article confusing with abstract nouns

    Where would you want to move the thread to?

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    #6

    Re: article confusing with abstract nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Where would you want to move the thread to?
    Perhaps the "General Discussion" subforum.

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