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    Usage of article 'a'

    Is the indefinite article 'a' used before the following words? Are they all grammatically correct?

    1) A sore throat.
    2) A headache.
    3) A stomachache.
    4) A toothache.
    5) A backache.
    6) A fever.

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    A) I was suffering from a fever/ sore throat/ headache/ stomachache/ toothache/ backache/ fever for a few days.

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    Re: Usage of article 'a'

    In my experience (British English) stomach ache, backache and toothache are more usually used without the article.

    Our North American friends will give us their opinions when they wake up in an hour or two.
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    Re: Usage of article 'a'

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    In my experience (British English) stomach ache, backache and toothache are more usually used without the article.
    That is my experience as well.
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    Re: Usage of article 'a'

    All the examples are natural in American English. We don't often use any of those malady names without the indefinite article.
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    Re: Usage of article 'a'

    In case of 'few days', which is correct?

    a) ......suffering from a few days.

    b) ......suffering from few days.

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    Re: Usage of article 'a'

    "... for a few days" is correct.

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    Re: Usage of article 'a'

    Always write a full sentence.

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    Re: Usage of article 'a'

    Quote Originally Posted by Barman View Post
    In case of With respect to 'few days', which is correct?

    a) ......suffering from a few days.

    b) ......suffering from few days.
    Neither one works. Are you thinking of someone suffering from something for a few days?
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    Re: Usage of article 'a'

    Quote Originally Posted by Barman View Post
    In case of 'few days', which is correct?

    a) ......suffering from a few days.

    b) ......suffering from few days.
    You can't suffer from "a few days" or "few days". That sounds as if the few days were causing you to suffer.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Usage of article 'a'

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Are you thinking of someone suffering from something for a few days?
    Yes.

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