Re: A new start or new start.
- Thanks for your kind reply..:-)
For the last time,
What if I say just,
new start , without adding a or the?
especially when I know it could be counted?
is it grammatically accepted?
--- In DUTCH-ENGLISH-STUDY-GROUP@yahoogroups.com, Godwin Stewart
> On Wed, 31 Jan 2007 14:06:24 -0000, "Ross" <qlseovks@...> wrote:
> > Is it simple as that the former puts an emphasis on that start
> > being one among many and the latter for an emphasis on the fact
> > that it's just surprising START?
> "a" and "an" are what's called the "indefinite article" (as opposed
> "the", which is the "definite article", or "this" and "that", whichare
> "demonstrative articles").cups
> Some things in languages can be counted individually, like apples,
> and mice - you can count three apples, one cup and about 25 millionair
> mice in a house :) Some things cannot be counted individually, but
> quantified by volume or weight instead - you wouldn't talk about an
> and a half or 2 flours, but you would 10 litres of air and a kilo ofpointing
> When you're not using a definite article - because you're not
> out precisely which object is under discussion - you'd use anor a
> indefinite article with "countable" objects, and no article with
> objects that can't be counted.
> So, since this isn't *the* new start that someone in particular has
> been dreaming of, you wouldn't use the definite article. A start,
> beginning, *is* something that can be counted, so it requires theflour".
> indefinite article: "this is a new start".
> Had it been one of the objects that can't be counted, you would have
> not used an article at all: "this is fresh air", or "this is old
> However, in the plural form, you'd use no article even though the
> objects can be counted (obviously, because there's more than one of
> them): "these are ripe peaches".
> G. Stewart - gstewart@...
> Reporter (to Mahatma Gandhi):
> "Mr. Gandhi, what do you think of Western civilisation?"
> "I think it would be a good idea."
- On Thu, 01 Feb 2007 07:25:03 -0000, "Ross" <qlseovks@...> wrote:
> What if I say just,"New start" on its own doesn't make sense. However, you could use it as
> new start , without adding a or the?
> especially when I know it could be counted?
the title of a book or something like that, where a sematically and
syntactically correct sentence isn't required.
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