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    Don't call me uncle or a uncle.

    Which one is correct?
    1. Don't call me uncle.
    2. Don't call me a uncle.
    If both the sentences are incorrect, how will I say to correct?

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    Re: Don't call me uncle or a uncle.

    The second sentence requires 'an' instead of 'a', since the following word begins with a vowel sound.

    They're otherwise okay, although they'd be likely be used in different contexts.
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    Re: Don't call me uncle or a uncle.

    Quote Originally Posted by arjitsharma View Post
    If both the sentences are incorrect, how will I say to can I correct them?
    Please note the correct way to ask your question.

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    Re: Don't call me uncle or a uncle.

    Actually, I just realized that you're from India, where the terms 'aunty' and 'uncle' are used as generic forms of respectful address, so in that context your sentences probably are more interchangeable than I originally thought.

    In AmE the sentences would be useful in only a few limited contexts, but would be much less limited in Indian English.
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    Re: Don't call me uncle or a uncle.

    I'd write, "Don't call me Uncle." But you'd say it the same.

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    Re: Don't call me uncle or a uncle.

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    Actually, I just realized that you're from India, where the terms 'aunty' and 'uncle' are used as generic forms of respectful address, so in that context your sentences probably are more interchangeable than I originally thought.
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    Re: Don't call me uncle or a uncle.

    I would like to know that different contexts where I can say the word "uncle" without the indefinite article "an" before it and with "an" before it. Could you write that different contexts.
    Last edited by arjitsharma; 13-Jul-2017 at 17:54. Reason: I wrote "a"intead of "an"

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    Re: Don't call me uncle or a uncle.

    If 'Uncle' is a substitute name, you capitalize it, and you don't need an article. Eg. "Don't call me Uncle" means don't name me that.
    On the other hand, "Don't call me an uncle" means don't refer to me by that term. Unless it's substitute name, the rules for articles are the same as for any noun.
    "Are you inviting Uncle?" - this refers to a known person. "Are you inviting an uncle?" - this means any uncle (of yours).
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 14-Jul-2017 at 15:37. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Re: Don't call me uncle or a uncle.

    Does it go for brother, sister, dad, mom and so on?

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    Re: Don't call me uncle or a uncle.

    These words generally behave in the same way.

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