# Thread: usage of the article "a" with numerical force

1. ## 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”.

Regards.

V.

2. ## 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

3. ## 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.

4. ## Re: usage of the article "a" with numerical force

Originally Posted by vil
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"?

5. ## Re: usage of the article "a" with numerical force

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.

6. ## 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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