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    Countable nouns without the indefinite or with the definite article

    I would like to know the contexts or situation where countable nouns do not take any articles like in the following sentence:
    Use knife when someone attacks.

    I asked this question, because I have seen a countable noun is used without any article and sometimes with the articles.

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    Re: Countable nouns without the indefinite or with the definite article

    In the context of simple written instructions (such as on a vending machine or in a brief "how-to" guide), articles are often omitted.

    Examples:

    "Insert coin in slot."
    "Hold knife in right hand."
    NOT A TEACHER. Translator and editor, and I hold a TESOL certificate. Native speaker of American English (West Coast)

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    Re: Countable nouns without the indefinite or with the definite article

    You'll also see this in things like headlines.

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    Re: Countable nouns without the indefinite or with the definite article

    So, can I omit the articles in day to day english?

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    Re: Countable nouns without the indefinite or with the definite article

    Quote Originally Posted by arjitsharma View Post
    So (no comma here) can I omit the articles in day-to-day English?
    See my corrections above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Countable nouns without the indefinite or with the definite article

    Quote Originally Posted by arjitsharma View Post
    So, can I omit the articles in day to day english?
    Are you speaking headlines? If not, choose ordinary grammar, not the conventions of compressing language to fit in a small space.

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