Article Use. Which Sentence is Correct?

English grammar questions, answered by Alan

Moderator: Alan

Locked
User avatar
Articlhp
New Member
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:32 am
Status: English Learner

Article Use. Which Sentence is Correct?

Post by Articlhp » Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:37 am

Hello this post is rather simple. I have two sets of sentences and I am curious which one is correct for each pairing. If anyone could provide an explanation for why the correct one is correct I would appreciate it as well. Thanks in advance guys!


1)
a) I have a tape measure.
b) I have tape measure.

2)
a) I have a measuring tape.
b) I have measuring tape

User avatar
Alan
EC Teacher
EC Teacher
Posts: 12877
Joined: Mon Dec 29, 2003 7:56 pm
Status: English Teacher
Location: Japan

Re: Article Use. Which Sentence is Correct?

Post by Alan » Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:02 am

All possible except (1b), since 'tape measure' is an exclusively countable (compound) noun.

Locked