[General] Countable nouns without the indefinite or with the definite article

arjitsharma

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I would like to know the contexts or situation where countable nouns do not take any articles like in the following sentence:
Use knife when someone attacks.

I asked this question, because I have seen a countable noun is used without any article and sometimes with the articles.
 

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In the context of simple written instructions (such as on a vending machine or in a brief "how-to" guide), articles are often omitted.

Examples:

"Insert coin in slot."
"Hold knife in right hand."
 

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You'll also see this in things like headlines.
 

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So, can I omit the articles in day to day english?
 

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So, can I omit the articles in day to day english?

Are you speaking headlines? If not, choose ordinary grammar, not the conventions of compressing language to fit in a small space.
 
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