Learn how omission of articles works
Articles are those tiny words that modify nouns.
They are adjectives that make a noun specific or non-specific.
We have two types of articles in grammar.
We can call an article definite, when it is used to indicate something specific.
We can use definite articles to discuss something that is already known to the reader/ listener and is used for both singular and plural nouns.
An article is indefinite, when it is used to indicate something non-specific.
We cannot use indefinite articles to discuss something that is already known to the reader/ listener and it can be used only for singular nouns.
Purpose of an article is important in grammar!
The articles are used both for introducing or after introducing a noun or noun phrase. They can be used with pronouns, adjectives, etc.
But sometimes, we can omit the articles. The article is implied but not really present.
Omission of articles can be done in different cases. Come, let’s identify the places where articles are omitted to make meaningful sentences.
Identification of omission of articles in grammar.
Omission of articles is done before names of substances or abstract nouns. Let’s see above:
Abstract nouns are nouns that are not physical and can’t be touched or seen. Abstract nouns are usually uncountable nouns.
Uncountable nouns are nouns that cannot be counted and usually have no plural.
Countable nouns are nouns that can be counted and can take singular and plural forms.
We do not use articles before plural countable nouns in a general sense. Let’s see above:
Articles are omitted before proper nouns (person, place or thing).
But, when you use article before proper noun, it becomes a common noun.
You can see omission of articles before names of meals like breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Articles can be omitted before the name of languages like English, French, Spanish etc.
Omission of article is done before words which we refer to as a specific place or building.
In the example, we can see that the primary purpose of going to college is to study. The article “a/the” is omitted in this case.
You can see omission of articles before names showing a relation.
Articles can also be omitted before words denoting a unique position, i.e. a position that is normally held by one person at one time.
In certain phrases which has a verb with an object, you can see omission of articles.
Phrases that consist of a transitive verb are “to leave home, to take offence, to give ear, to send word, etc.
In certain phrases which has a preposition with an object, you can see omission of articles.
Prepositions are words that link nouns, pronouns and phrases to other words. Prepositional phrases are “at sunset, underground, etc.
Article is a word that comes before a noun. They can be definite or indefinite.
When articles are omitted in the sentence, they are called “zero articles.”
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