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Zero article a/an or the



olchik23
Belarus

Zero article a/an or the
 

Dear colleagues,

I need help with these sentences! Could you make some explanations, please?

1. There ´s _ amazing scenery all around the hotel! 

Scenery is an uncountable noun, we can ´t use "an," but why "the" is impossible?  I know this scenery, it is a certain scenery around the hotel.

2. Could you book _accommodation for a group of twenty coming to the Conference?

Accommodation is also uncountable noun. What about it?

3.I believe that the surviving of the planet is worth fighting for. 

4. Building a road here will destroy an area of great natural beauty.

This is a certain road here, why "а"?  There is a description of this area with a preposition of. I think it ´s a certain place.

Thanks in advance for your answers! I ´m waiting .....


16 Apr 2013      



douglas
United States

1.  You wouldn ´t say: there is the amazing trees near the hotel.  (actually, I could imagine a few situations where one could say: "There is the amazing scenery...."
 
2. accomodation can also be countable:  I have an accomodation for you. --but generally "accommodations" refers to lodgings and "accommodation" refers to an adjustment.
 
3. the survival
 
4. using "a" puts the conversation in more general terms--not just the one road, but any road at all would destroy the beauty

17 Apr 2013     



Peter Hardy
Australia

I agree with Douglas´ answer, but one could say ´an amazing scenery´. This particular scenery, this one, makes it countable. Next I ´d like to add that any language is a living thing. They change. So some ´old ´ rules are not applicable each and every time. By the way, you realise you ´ve put the same thread up twice? That makes it countable but unnecessary :-) Cheers

17 Apr 2013     



yanogator
United States

I don ´t think we would say "an amazing scenery" in the US. Maybe it is said in Australia.
 
Bruce

17 Apr 2013     



olchik23
Belarus

  Thank you for your answers!  

17 Apr 2013