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Grinkl

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Hi! teachers!

Tonight I have to write( )for my English teacher.

(a) composition
(b) a composition
(c) compositions
(d) the compositions

The book says the answer is (b) in that "compositon" can be countable when it means a piece of written work(essay) that is done at school . But, If so, aren't (c) and (d) also possible answers?

Please give me your explanations.

Thanks!
 

paochai01

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Hi! teachers!

Tonight I have to write( )for my English teacher.

(a) composition
(b) a composition
(c) compositions
(d) the compositions

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Tonight I have to write( )for my English teacher.

The answer should be 'A COMPOSITION' and should neither be C or D if you are going to make JUST ONE composition.

Tonight I have to write COMPOSITIONS for my English teacher - This is right if you mean 'writing two or more compositions to your English teacher'.

Tonight I have to write THE COMPOSITIONS for my English teacher - Including the article 'THE' makes it sound nonsensical. THE must be removed.
It doesn't sound good to the ear though.
It would make sense if it were a title.
Ex. Tonight I have to write 'The Titanic' summary for my English teacher.
 

Grinkl

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Hi! teachers!

Tonight I have to write( )for my English teacher.

(a) composition
(b) a composition
(c) compositions
(d) the compositions

---------------------------

Tonight I have to write( )for my English teacher.

The answer should be 'A COMPOSITION' and should neither be C or D if you are going to make JUST ONE composition.

Tonight I have to write COMPOSITIONS for my English teacher - This is right if you mean 'writing two or more compositions to your English teacher'.

Tonight I have to write THE COMPOSITIONS for my English teacher - Including the article 'THE' makes it sound nonsensical. THE must be removed.
It doesn't sound good to the ear though.
It would make sense if it were a title.
Ex. Tonight I have to write 'The Titanic' summary for my English teacher.

Thank you! and do you mean (c) is grammatically right ?
 

paochai01

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Absolutely.. =)
 
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