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    The bus driver Paul Porter

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    The bus driver Paul Porter was so popular that when he suddenly died of heart attack, his funeral was one of the largest ever known in town. Many remembered his kindness, his openness, and his preparedness to help everybody.

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    Re: The bus driver Paul Porter

    1- You need "a heart attack". Do you know why?
    2- Consider "the largest ever (held) in town.
    3- Consider using "readiness" instead of "preparedness".

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    Re: The bus driver Paul Porter

    I believe I need "a heart attack" because it was a specific heart attack that killed him.

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    Re: The bus driver Paul Porter

    No. If it was a specific heart attack, it would be "the heart attack". Try again. Why do we need "a"?

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    Re: The bus driver Paul Porter

    I believe we need "a" because heart attack is a medical condition, and therefore we have to put "a" in front of it.

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    Re: The bus driver Paul Porter

    Good try, Bassim, but no.

    Consider, for example, "died of tuberculosis". We don't use an article there.

    To find out the reason we say "died of a heart attack", look at the noun phrase "heart attack". In that, "heart" is acting as an adjective, and the head noun is "attack". It (attack) is a singular countable noun. Therefore, it needs an article. And because it's not a specific attack, we use the indefinite article "a".

    Do you see now why we don't use an article with "died of tuberculosis"?

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    Thank you very much for explaining to me this use of the article. This is the best explanation I ever read about or heard. We don't need "a" in "died of tuberculosis" because it is just a noun without any adjective in front of it.

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    Re: The bus driver Paul Porter

    No. We don't need it in "died of tuberculosis" because "tuberculosis" is an uncountable noun. The adjective has nothing to do with it. I mentioned it to get it out of the way.
    Take a look at this chart.

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    #9

    Re: The bus driver Paul Porter

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Have I made any mistakes?

    The bus driver Paul Porter was so popular that when he suddenly died of a heart attack, his funeral was one of the largest ever held in town. Many remembered his kindness, his openness, and hiis willingness to help people.
    I guess he wasn't expecting a heart attack, but "suddenly" doesn't work for me. (Maybe you could use "unexpectedly".)
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    Re: The bus driver Paul Porter

    I'm okay with "suddenly". It describes the nature of the event caused by the unexpected heart attack.
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