Join / Login

Omission of Articles (Basic)

English

definition

Omission of the Article Before Substances and Abstract Nouns

The article may be omitted before names of substances and abstract nouns.

Eg:
He has lots of sugar in his tea.
Rice is the staple grain of the people.
Kindness is better than intelligence.

definition

Omission of the Article Before Plural Countable Nouns

The article is usually omitted before plural countable nouns.

Eg:
Balloons were floating in the air.
There were cakes on the table.

definition

Omission of the Article Before Proper Nouns

The article is omitted before most proper nouns.

Eg:
Africa is a very large continent.
Rita visited New Zealand during her summer holidays.

definition

Omission of the Article Before Names of Meals

The article is omitted before names of meals.

Eg:
Dinner is served.
Lunch will be cheese sandwiches and fruit.
She had breakfast straight after she woke up.

definition

Omission of the Article Before Languages

The article may be omitted before names of languages.

Eg:
They speak Russian and French besides English.
Her father could speak Chinese but he could not read it.

definition

Omission of the Article Before Some Places

The article may be omitted when places are visited or used for their primary purpose. This includes places like school, college, university, church, bed, hospital and prison.

Eg:
I learnt maths at school.
We go to bed after eleven o'clock.
My aunt is very sick and is in hospital.
He was sent to prison after he was convicted of theft.

definition

Omission of the Article Before Relations

The article may be omitted before the names of relations.

Eg:
Father gave us gifts for Christmas.
Aunt would like you to visit her.

definition

Omission of the Article Before Predicative Nouns Denoting a Unique Position

The article may be omitted before predicative nouns denoting a unique position i.e. a position normally held at one time by one person only.

Eg:
He was appointed president of the society.
Mr Eliot became chairman of the committee last July.

definition

Omission of the Article in Phrases Consisting of a Transitive Verb

The article may be omitted in certain phrases consisting of a transitive verb followed by an object.

Eg:
to catch fire, to leave home, to send word, to give ear, to lose heart

definition

Omission of the Article Before Phrases Consisting of a Preposition and its Object

The article may be omitted in certain phrases consisting of a preposition and its object.

Eg:
at home, in hand, at sunrise, at noon, on demand, by train, on horseback, at dinner, at ease, above ground