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    usage of the article "a" with numerical force

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right to assert that sometimes you may use the article “a” with numerical force?

    “She also hopes that her son ill do everything to please Mr. and Mrs. Squeers, and look upon them as his only friends; and that he will love Master Squeers, and not object to sleeping five in a bed.”

    There are on analogy the following examples: “not a word”, “in a minute”, “at a blow”, two at a time”, at a gasp”.

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Smile Re: usage of the article "a" with numerical force

    Hi Vil
    I`m a student too. I think you can use this article in the following cases:
    The "a" article is used when you describe something unspecified for example: "a" bed refer to any bed
    not "a" word refer to any word but no have sense.. you can say: donīt say a word
    in "a" minute refer to any time not specific minute
    at "a" blow refer to any knock I think...hahah
    at "a" gasp refer to any shout


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    Re: usage of the article "a" with numerical force

    The "a" article is used when you describe something unspecified, for example: "a" bed refers to any bed.

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    Re: usage of the article "a" with numerical force

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right to assert that sometimes you may use the article “a” with numerical force?
    What do you mean by "numerical force"?


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    Re: usage of the article "a" with numerical force

    Quote Originally Posted by shade878 View Post
    not "a" word refer to any word but no have sense.. you can say: donīt say a word
    in "a" minute refer to any time not specific minute
    at "a" blow refer to any knock I think...hahah
    at "a" gasp refer to any shout
    A = one.

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    Re: usage of the article "a" with numerical force

    five in a bed - five people to a bed
    in a minute - right away; as soon as I finish what I am doing
    at a blow - immediately; in one fell swoop
    not a word - nothing: He said not a word.


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