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    asako87 is offline Newbie
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    Smile violin/ a violin

    Your daughter is playing the violin late at night. In this case, what will you say to your daughter among (1) You should not play a violin., (2) You should not play the violin?, and (3) You should not play violin? Are (1), (2), and(3) all correct? At school I learned that I have to put "the" before the musical instruments. However, I sometimes saw " play a piano" in the sentences in the websites.

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    Re: violin/ a violin

    #2 is nearest. I'd say 'You shouldn't play your violin this late at night - you're keeping me/the neighbours/everybody awake'.

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    Re: violin/ a violin

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    #2 is nearest. I'd say 'You shouldn't play your violin this late at night - you're keeping me/the neighbours/everybody awake'.
    I'm sorry I don't know what " nearest" means. You mean in this case, "You should not play a violin" is wrong or can be acceptable?
    Last edited by asako87; 03-Oct-2017 at 14:22.

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    Re: violin/ a violin

    Quote Originally Posted by asako87 View Post
    I'm sorry I don't know what " nearest" means. You mean in this case, "You should not play a violin" is wrong or can be acceptable?
    It's not natural in the scenario you described but it's possible in other contexts.
    I am not a teacher.

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