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    I have a black husband or black husband.

    I would like to know when a noun is countable why the indefinite article is not added before it. Like in the following:
    I have black husband.
    I hear a native speaker say this.

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    Re: I have a black husband or black husband.

    It's incorrect.

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    Re: I have a black husband or black husband.

    Quote Originally Posted by arjitsharma View Post
    I would like to know why, when a noun is countable, why the indefinite article is not added before it. Like in the following:

    I have black husband. I have a black husband.

    I heard a native speaker say this.
    See above. If that's definitely what you heard the native speaker say, then they made a very strange error. Even the statement itself is odd. I would expect to hear "My husband is black".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I have a black husband or black husband.

    It can work in some contexts.
    For example:

    A- Can you imagine having a black husband?
    B- I have a black husband! (said with a lot of indignation)

    It's also possible that the OP did not hear the "a" in that sentence.

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    Re: I have a black husband or black husband.

    Are these sentences incorrect?
    1.I have black husband.
    2. I have wife.
    3. Do you have wife.

    I would like to ask one more thing.
    Can't I say I have a black husband without indignation? Or there has to be indignation while I add the "a" before " black husband".

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    Re: I have a black husband or black husband.

    Are these sentences incorrect?
    1.I have black husband.
    2. I have wife.
    3. Do you have wife.
    None of these sentences are correct without "a" as an article in the sentence without any context.

    You could use "the" in some cases but you would need context to make it make sense. For example"

    There are several couples in a room with wives and husbands separated. There is only one black man among the men.

    "Which husband is yours?" asks one woman to another.
    "I have the black husband" is the response.
    There is only one black man in the group of men. So in this case you would use the definite article "the".

    You are not getting the message here. You MUST have an article in front of "husband" (or "wife" for that matter) for these sentence to be grammatical.

    Yes, you can say "I have a black husband" without sounding angry. I can imagine an angry tone if the person saying this is being defensive about her husband. It can also be said with a factual flat tone as well.
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    Re: I have a black husband or black husband.

    You seem to be lead astray by the adjective. The husband's color is insignificant regarding the article usage. You could even substitute a nationality in place of the color, but you'll still need an article.

    You could have a purple, a green, or a Chinese husband, but you still have a husband. The only influence the adjective has is whether you need 'a' or 'an', depending upon what sound the adjective starts with.

    Of course if you're using the definite article, then even that adjective sound is irrelevant.

    Regardless, the more natural phrasing is as emsr pointed out. "My husband/wife/spouse is black/Thai/English".
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    Re: I have a black husband or black husband.

    Unless you were married to the Green Giant, I don't imagine anyone would say "I have a green husband."
    Last edited by andrewg927; 26-Jul-2017 at 07:03. Reason: error

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    Re: I have a black husband or black husband.

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    I don't imagine anyone would say "I have a green husband."
    Perhaps he was sick or smoked too many cigarettes in a row. Maybe he was green with envy?
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    Re: I have a black husband or black husband.

    Quote Originally Posted by arjitsharma View Post
    Are these sentences incorrect?
    1.I have black husband.
    2. I have wife.
    3. Do you have wife.
    They are incorrect. Indeed, they would immediately identify you as a non-native speaker, since such sentences are very common among non-native speakers, but almost non-existent among native speakers.
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