Hello lovelies, I know it's been eons since we last had our grammar lessons.....let me not start by giving some excuses, in fact, I'm tired of saying sorry myself but thank God I've snapped out of what was on my mind and here we are.
Today we'll be looking at articles. There are two articles in English, the definite article (The) and the indefinite article (a or an) and articles are also known as determiners.
Generally, uncountable nouns must not be preceded by "a" or "an". Let us consider the following examples:
Wrong: Let me give you an advice, which you may not like to hear.
Correct: Let me give you some advice or a piece of advice, which you may not like to hear.
Note that some nouns can be either countable or uncountable, depending on the meaning. "Advice", for example is uncountable when it means "counsel" as in the example above, but countable when it means "formal notification" in a business context, for example:
The Manager received an advice from the Lagos branch.
Likewise "accommodation" us uncountable when it means "lodgings" but countable when it means "settlement", "compromise", in which case it can be preceded by "an".
Wrong: Mary needs a medical attention
Correct: Mary needs medical attention
Wrong: Please pay an attention to what I am saying.
Correct: Please pay attention to what I am saying.
Wrong: The news of the fighting causes us a great concern.
Correct: The news of the fighting causes us concern.
"Concern" cannot be preceded by "a" when it means "anxiety". It may be preceded by "a" when it means "business venture":
His timber company has at last become a great concern.
Wrong: Your arrogance will do a great harm to your cause.
Correct: Your arrogance will do great harm to your cause.
Wrong: Everyone is talking about their impending divorce, but to me it is all a hearsay.
Correct: Everyone is talking about their impending divorce, but to me it is all hearsay.
Wrong: Have you ever known a weather like this in December?
Correct: Have. You ever known weather like this in December?
Wrong: She returned to university to do a research work.
Correct: She returned to university to do. Research work.
"Work" is not preceded by "a" when. It means "effort" or "paid employment". It is preceded by "a" when it means "something achieved":
This new play is a work of genius.
..........And that's it for today lovelies! Don't forget to comment and share. X