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    He took a beating from his teacher and he wants a refund!

    Why is the article "a" used in the following sentence:
    1. He took a beating from his teacher.
    2. He wants a refund!

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    Re: He took a beating from his teacher and he wants a refund!

    It's because both "beating" and "refund" are singular countable nouns so need to be preceded by an article. How did you think the sentences should be written?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: He took a beating from his teacher and he wants a refund!

    So, can I write: He took three beatings from his teacher and I want two refunds.
    May be, I am incorrect about it.

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    Re: He took a beating from his teacher and he wants a refund!

    Good dictionaries will tell you whether a noun is countable or uncountable so, in future, when you find a noun you are confused about, you should look it up first. If it's countable, it can be preceded by an indefinite article.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 03-Jul-2017 at 14:22. Reason: Fixed typo. Thanks Yamato2201
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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