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    Exclamation Help me please!

    I have a question which is related to the Articles and special usage for uncountables as countable.As we know that "lack" is an uncountable noun so we just say things like "lack of continuity","lack of interest" or sentences like:

    His eyes were bloodshot from lack of sleep.
    There is lack of uniformity in the annual reports.
    The project had to be abandoned for lack of funds.

    So we do not use any article in front of "lack" beause it is
    uncountable.But these sentences below confused me so much:

    He is dejected because of a lack of companionship.
    They had to discontinue the project because of a lack of funds.
    Translation may suffer from a lack of accuracy.


    Could you tell me why we use the article "a" in front of the uncountable noun?Are there any rules?Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhang82yi View Post
    I have a question which is related to the Articles and special usage for uncountables as countable.As we know that "lack" is an uncountable noun so we just say things like "lack of continuity","lack of interest" or sentences like:

    His eyes were bloodshot from lack of sleep.
    There is lack of uniformity in the annual reports.
    The project had to be abandoned for lack of funds.

    So we do not use any article in front of "lack" beause it is
    uncountable.But these sentences below confused me so much:

    He is dejected because of a lack of companionship.
    They had to discontinue the project because of a lack of funds.
    Translation may suffer from a lack of accuracy.


    Could you tell me why we use the article "a" in front of the uncountable noun?Are there any rules?Thank you!
    I think use of an indefinite article in above examples is optional. We generally use an article before an uncountable noun when it is qualified.
    Example: He's got a passion for music -- here we use the article because a kind of passion (for music) is mentioned; passion is qualified.
    You can say: A lack of high standard accuracy . Here lack is qualified (A kind of accuracy which is of high standard)
    Last edited by sarat_106; 29-Dec-2008 at 08:16.


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    Re: Help me please!

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    I think use of an indefinite article in above examples is optional. We generally use an article before an uncountable noun when it is qualified.
    Example: He's got a passion for music -- here we use the article because a kind of passion (for music) is mentioned; passion is qualified.
    You can say: A lack of high standard accuracy . Here lack is qualified (A kind of accuracy which is of high standard)
    Thanks a lot!But I am still confused as you mentioned above we use an article before an uncountable noun when it is qualified(maybe you can defy what is Being qualified ).
    His eyes were bloodshot from lack of sleep.
    The project had to be abandoned for lack of funds.
    I think those "lack" s are qualified. Why there's no articles?Can we say:
    His eyes were bloodshot from a lack of sleep.
    The project had to be abandoned for a lack of funds.
    Again thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhang82yi View Post
    Thanks a lot!But I am still confused as you mentioned above we use an article before an uncountable noun when it is qualified(maybe you can defy what is Being qualified ).
    His eyes were bloodshot from lack of sleep.
    The project had to be abandoned for lack of funds.
    I think those "lack" s are qualified. Why there's no articles?Can we say:
    His eyes were bloodshot from a lack of sleep.
    The project had to be abandoned for a lack of funds.
    Again thank you!
    His eyes were bloodshot from lack of sleep.
    The project had to be abandoned for lack of funds.

    In the above senteces, lack is not qualified, you can not describe what kind of lack is that, as in the previous example:
    A lack of high standard accuracy
    A lack of marginal accuracy


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    Re: Help me please!

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    His eyes were bloodshot from lack of sleep.
    The project had to be abandoned for lack of funds.

    In the above senteces, lack is not qualified, you can not describe what kind of lack is that, as in the previous example:
    A lack of high standard accuracy
    A lack of marginal accuracy
    OK,thanks!But these 2 sentences below are also not qualified,why are there articles?
    He is dejected because of a lack of companionship.
    They had to discontinue the project because of a lack of funds.

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