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use of an

Postby hanuman_2000 » Wed Sep 15, 2004 3:35 am

Sir,

Water is an important for our lives.





As water is uncountable noun, we can't use a or an.

so why 'AN' before important.

Please explain it.


thanks.
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Re: use of an

Postby Josef » Wed Sep 15, 2004 6:22 pm

hanuman_2000 wrote:Water is an important for our lives.

As water is uncountable noun, we can't use a or an.
so why 'AN' before important.


There is a problem with the sentence you quote. It is not English. Something is missing. It should be (something like):

Water is an important resource for our lives.

In this case an refers to resource, which is countable. If the adjective important is removed, it becomes:

Water is a resource for our lives.
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