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|Subject:||the article A|
I found the following information about the indefinite article
''a'' in Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary:
''used before uncountable nouns when these have an
adjective in front of them, or phrase following them. For
* a good knowledge of French
* a sadness that won't go away
Well, here is my question: Honestly, I don't understand the
information. Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary says that
the indefinite article ''a'' is used before uncountable nouns
when these have an adjective in front of them. But, as far as
I know, the indefinite article ''a'' cannot be used in front of
Does the information mean that we can ALWAYS use the
indefinite article ''a'' in front of uncountable nouns that have
an adjective in front of them? Is it a rule?
Please explain your reasons.
Normally "sadness" is uncountable, so you can't say "*a sadness." But "A sadness that
won't go away" is possible. So is "an interesting rice." Often when you use an indefinite
article with a mass or uncountable noun, it means "kind of" The dictionary is
endeavoring to explain the environments where you might find an indefinite article; I
don't think you can ALWAYS have "a" before an adjective followed by an uncountable
noun, but there are instances where you can.
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