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    three questions

    Dear experts,

    I have three questions.

    1. Can I use an indefinite article before 'tea' and 'cofee' and 'butter'?

    2. Can I use a definite article before 'butter' when I mention it for the second time around?

    Ex.: A (?) butter is yellow. The (?) butter is gone bad.

    3. What is a clause? I guess that it is an everything that includes a verb and everything after him.

    Please, don't missunderstand me. Thanks in advance. Truly yours, Pink Great

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    Re: three questions

    Q1. Can I use an indefinite article before 'tea' and 'cof[f]ee' and 'butter'?

    A1: Yes and no.

    Ex: I'll have a tea, please. <one cup of tea>
    Ex: I'll have a coffee, please. <one cup of coffee>
    Ex: I'll have a butter, please. /

    Drinks are served in cups, and cups are countable; a tea and a coffee are short for a cup of tea and a cup of coffee. Butter, on the other hand, comes in many forms, pat, spoon, and so on, which is why, say, a pat of butter isn't usually reduced to this phrase, a butter. But some speakers might use the reduced form in casual speech; e.g., Pass me a butter (meaning, one pat of butter).



    Q2. Can I use a definite article before 'butter' when I mention it for the second time around?
    Ex.: A (?) butter is yellow. The (?) butter is gone bad.

    A2: Yes, as long as it's defined.
    Ex: The butter (that I am showing you) has gone bad.



    Q3. What is a clause? I guess that it is everything that includes a verb and everything after [it].

    A3: Don't forget the subject. A clause has two main parts, a subject and its verb.


    Does that help?

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    Re: three questions

    Can you give me an example-sentence using a clause in it?

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    Re: three questions

    Ex: When Max and Sam went on holiday, they took pictures of every place (that) they visited.

    Adverbial clause:
    subject Max and Sam; verb went
    Main clause: subject they; verb took
    Relative clause: subject they; verb visited

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    Re: three questions

    What can't a clause contain?

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