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Article Use. Which Sentence is Correct?

Postby 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!

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

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

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Re: Article Use. Which Sentence is Correct?

Postby Alan » Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:02 am

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

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