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    a good/ a very

    Can you use 'a' in the following sentences? If yes, please elaborate.

    A very happy new year. (A before very?)

    A good camera. (A before good?)

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: a good/ a very

    Quote Originally Posted by explorelang View Post
    Can you use 'a' in the following sentences? If yes, please elaborate.

    A very happy new year. (A before very?)

    A good camera. (A before good?)

    Thanks in advance
    Hello explorelang,

    I would even say, that you have to use "a" before these adjectives.
    Example:
    I wish you a happy new year.
    I wish you happy new year.

    That's quite a good camera
    That's quite good camera

    I hope it helps
    Dany

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    Re: a good/ a very

    Thanks Dany!!!

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    You're welcome


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    Re: a good/ a very

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    Hello explorelang,

    I would even say, that you have to use "a" before these adjectives.
    Example:
    I wish you a happy new year.
    I wish you happy new year.

    That's quite a good camera
    That's quite good camera

    I hope it helps
    Dany
    I think you have to use "a" not because of the adjectives, but because of the singular countable nouns "year & camera". So, you can't say "It was a useful information", but you can say "I have a useful book".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riyadh View Post
    So, you can't say "It was a useful information"
    Sorry, but I am not in agreement with you.
    "It was an useful information." (information = singular)
    "It was useful information."

    "These were useful information." (information = plural)
    "These were an useful information."

    Best wishes,
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    Now I am confused. So articles can be used before adjectives as well as nouns?

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    That's right.
    a camera, a year, a book, an industrie, an application etc.
    But if you refer to a plural, you cannot use "a" or "an".

    Sorry for confusing you,
    Dany

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dany View Post
    Sorry, but I am not in agreement with you.
    "It was an useful information." (information = singular)Definitely not.
    "It was useful information." Fine

    "These were useful information." (information = plural) Only OK if the reference is clearly to something other than the word 'information': 'He had her address and phone number. These were [in other words, constituted] useful information, but he needed more.'

    "These were an useful information." Agreed.

    Best wishes,
    Dany
    Are you a native speaker? If so, I must have totally misinterpreted your post.

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    Hi BobK,

    Please answer my first question.

    Thanking you.

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