Results 1 to 4 of 4

    • Join Date: Jul 2007
    • Posts: 101

    a man or man?

    Is it grammatically correct? "Marriage is between a man and a woman. That's a timeless truth". Should I omit indefinite article a and say "marriage is between man and woman. That's timeless truth". Which is correct?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Scotland
      • Current Location:
      • Thailand

    • Join Date: Nov 2007
    • Posts: 325

    Re: a man or man?

    You should use the article. In western society at least, marriage is between 1 man and 1 woman. The use of the article makes this clear.

  1. Soup's Avatar
    VIP Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,882

    Re: a man or man?

    I adore jamiep's advice.

    Another reason you might not want to use the phrase 'man and woman', especially in speaking, is the noun man (usually written as <Man>), which also means humankind. So, the spoken utterance "Marriage is between man (i.e, man = male gender or Man = humankind) and woman", which is completely grammatical by the way, admits ambiguity (has more than one meaning).

  2. matilda

    Re: a man or man?

    Hello my friend

    In my opinion, an article is certainly needed.I read somewhere that every single noun needs an article.If it is singular,(a)or(an) is needed.And if it is plural, (the) is needed



Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts