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    zero article

    I would like to know what are the reasons that sometimes we use zero articles?

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    Re: zero article

    Quote Originally Posted by Fame View Post
    I would like to know what are the reasons that (why) sometimes we use zero articles?
    Let me know why you ask this question.

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    Re: zero article

    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    Let me know why you ask this question.
    It's because I understand why and when we use other articles, like a and the, but I don't understand what reasons we can give for using zero article.

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    Re: zero article

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    It's because I understand why and when we use other articles, like a and the, but I don't understand what reasons we can give for using zero article.
    Zero article
    1. General meaning – life, water
    2. Abstract nouns – education, love
    3. Places in general – France, Peru
    4. Streets, squares – Newton Street
    5. Place (person)+airpot/ station/ university – Yezin Agricultural University
    6. Games / sports –tennis
    7. Language – English
    8. Academic subject – Physics
    9. Meals –breakfast
    10. Noun + number – Platform 5
    11. A place we always go to – to school, at home, in bed
    12. Days, months – Sunday, January
    13. Movement or transport – by bus, on foot, by plane, by air
    14. Exclamination with countable / uncountable noun- What sad news!

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    Re: zero article

    Quote Originally Posted by Fame View Post
    It's because I understand why and when we use other articles, like a and the, but I don't understand what reasons we can give for using zero article.
    When I read the below, I assumed you had the reasons, and just had trouble picking them:
    "5. zero article, specific reference to a plural countable noun
    6. zero article conveying specific unique reference"
    You must have got that from somewhere.

    3. Places in General - France. As I said. "French soil" is a metonymy for "France". You can write:
    zero article, place in general.


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    #6

    Re: zero article

    The zero article is also a determiner. It conveys some important information about the noun.

    By analogy we don't have any formal indicator for the singular form of nouns.
    Box_ - boxes
    boy_ - boys

    However when these nouns are used without the suffix -s/es (or used with the zero suffix -s/es) we understand them as singular ones.

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    Re: zero article

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    When I read the below, I assumed you had the reasons, and just had trouble picking them:
    "5. zero article, specific reference to a plural countable noun
    6. zero article conveying specific unique reference"
    You must have got that from somewhere.

    3. Places in General - France. As I said. "French soil" is a metonymy for "France". You can write:
    zero article, place in general.
    Dear Raymott,

    For 6, I didn't get that from anywhere. I just wrote it according to my understand.

    Thanks you.

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