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Can I use the ff sentences:

1. What amazing person you are!
2. What amazing home you have!
3. What amazing talent you have!

Can the “an” article before amazing be omitted?

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Can I use the [STRIKE]ff[/STRIKE] following sentences?

1. What amazing person you are!
2. What amazing home you have!
3. What amazing talent you have!

Can the ​article “an” [STRIKE]article[/STRIKE] before "amazing​" be omitted?

Thanks.

No, it can't; "an" is required. I don't know why you used "ff" in your opening line. If you think it means "following", you're wrong.
 

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Hi mr piscean,

But ms emsr2d2 thinks otherwise.

So for countable nouns, it is wrong without an?
 
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An article is needed before a singular countable noun.
 

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1. What amazing person you are! :cross:
2. What amazing home you have! :cross:
3. What amazing talent you have! :tick:
The indefinite article is required in 1 and 2 because the noun in each is countable. "Talent" can be uncountable, so an​ is not required; in fact, it would be unnatural in most contexts.
 

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Hi [STRIKE]mr[/STRIKE] Piscean.

Thanks, but [STRIKE]ms[/STRIKE] emsr2d2 thinks otherwise.

So, for countable nouns, is it [STRIKE]is[/STRIKE] wrong without "an"?

In my defence, I assumed that the person uttered the sentence after seeing someone else demonstrate one particular talent so I figured the speaker was referring to that specific talent. However, I concede that the others are right and "talent" can be uncountable so it can be used without the indefinite article.

If it is being used countably, it is wrong without the article.

Note my corrections above. There is no need to precede usernames with "Mr/Mrs/Ms/Miss". When you do you use those terms of address, the first letter must be capitalised.
 
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