a + uncountable noun

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a + uncountable noun

Post by googl » Thu Oct 28, 2004 8:35 am

Dear Alan,

'a information' is incorrect, because 'information' is uncountable. Is 'a very interesting information' correct? If yes, then could You give me some rules about putting the determiners before the uncountable nouns?

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Post by Alan » Thu Oct 28, 2004 10:17 am

No, *a very interesting information is not correct.

Noncount (or 'mass') nouns cannot, by definition, be determined by a form of the indefinite article. Beware, though, that some nouns have both count and noncount forms, sometimes with subtly different meanings.

A good learners' dictionary such as Collins Cobuild should provide all the necessary information case-by-case.

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