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    article for surgery

    Hello,

    Should there be an article before surgery in the first sentence?

    1. The doctor told us that the aneurysm had ruptured and she needed to have [ ] surgery.


    Is ‘the’ before ‘telephone’ redundant? I am thinking that if we don’t need any article before ‘TV’ , why should we have one before ‘telephone’; after all we are talking about both the things in general.

    2. I still didn't understand why I couldn't take a shower; and, why I couldn't use the telephone, watch TV, or read a book.

    Thanks,

    MG.

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    Re: article for surgery

    Due to the storm, I couldn't use the telephone, watch the TV, or read a book.

    I couldn't use a telephone, watch a TV program, or read a book.

    I couldn't use the telephone, watch TV, or read a book.

    All are OK to use.

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    Re: article for surgery

    'telephone' is specific - it is the telephone in their house.

    With the 'watch TV', we are not referring to their specific television set that is in the lounge, but the act of watching television:

    Let's watch TV - there's a good movie on channel one.
    She's sewing buttons on a blouse.
    She's sewing the buttons I gave her on her blouse -(specific buttons, the ones I gave to her)

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    Re: article for surgery

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hello,

    Should there be an article before surgery in the first sentence? You don't need an article there, but you can use "the" in the following context.
    The doctor told..................................she needed to have the surgery (that we previously talked about). Here "the" refers to a specific kind of surgery that was previously mentioned.
    1. The doctor told us that the aneurysm had ruptured and she needed to have [ ] surgery.

    MG.
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    Re: article for surgery

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hello,

    Should there be an article before surgery in the first sentence? No.

    1. The doctor told us that the aneurysm had ruptured and she needed to have [ ] surgery.


    Thanks,

    MG.
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    Re: article for surgery

    Thanks folks.

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    Should there be an article before surgery in the first sentence? No.
    Anglika,

    I know that people don't use any article before surgery. My question is why not; Surgery is a countable noun.

    Also, What would a doctor say if his patient has to have two surgeries?

    'she needs to have surgeries'

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    Re: article for surgery

    "Surgery" is uncountable. It does not have a plural form in this context.

    'she needs to have surgeries' The doctor would say "two surgical procedures" or [even more likely] "two operations" (or how every many are required).

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    Re: article for surgery

    David L.Re: article for surgery
    'telephone' is specific - it is the telephone in their house.

    With the 'watch TV', we are not referring to their specific television set that is in the lounge, but the act of watching television:

    Let's watch TV - there's a good movie on channel one.
    She's sewing buttons on a blouse.
    She's sewing the buttons I gave her on her blouse -(specific buttons, the ones I gave to her)


    Some terrible things happan to me, I couldn't use telephone, watch TV, or read book.

    Is this sentence ok? Please.

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    Re: article for surgery

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post

    Some terrible things happan to me, I couldn't use telephone, watch TV, or read book.

    Is this sentence ok? no
    Some terrible things happened to me(;)(.) I couldn't use (a)(the) telephone, watch TV or read a book.

    By the way, I don't agree that "surgery" in uncountable, but I agree that 'operation' is what is usually said.
    He had four (operations)(surgeries) last year.

    Please.
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    Re: article for surgery

    2006,Thank you!

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