Determiners and quantifiers are words we use in front of nouns. We use determiners to identify things (this book, my sister) and we use quantifiers to say how much or how many (a few people, a lot of problems).

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Hi,
I wrote the following sentence while forwarding an application to the higher office.

"Please find enclosed the application from Mr. John for the revival of
----- -------
his account no .xxxxx. "

If I use the indefinite article before 'application' ,will there be any difference? Could I drop 'the ' before ' revival '? As the word is followed by an of-phrase, is it not mandatory?

Hello p t balagopal,

The definite article before 'application' is appropriate here as you are talking about a specific application. An application would suggest that you have many applications from Mr. John for the revival of his account, and this is only one of them, which would be rather absurd.

In the second case, I think 'the' is also required. The account to be revived is specified and so the definite article is appropriate. It is the case that some companies have their own in-house preferences and treat some business functions as if they were abstract nouns in terms of article use, but this is unusual.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks Peter !. The reply has cleared my doubts.

Hello,
I would like to ask which of the following is correct
1.The house has got a lot of windows or
2. The house has got many windows?
Thank you in advance

Hi.
I have doubt about using "there is" and "there are" in certain contexts.
(1) There is a man and a woman.
(2) There are a man and a woman.
Which of the above sentences is / are correct?
(3) There is a cow and three pigs.
(4) There are a cow and three pigs.
(5) There are three pigs and a cow.
Which of the above sentences is / are correct?
Does "there is / are" agree with the first noun phrase in a sentence?
Do native speakers follow the same rule?
Thanks a lot.

Hello beckysyto

In informal speaking, it's common for 'there is' to be used with a plural noun or singular noun and plural noun combination, so, for example, 3 is more common in speaking than 4. When, however, the first noun phrase is plural (as in 5), then 'there are' is more commonly used.

So, to answer your question whether 'there is/are' agrees with the first noun phrase in the sentence, the answer is yes, at least in informal speaking.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for your answer.
How about in writing?
Are there grammar rules that i should follow?

Hello beckysyto

That depends on the register of the writing. If it's an informal email to a friend, for example, then I'd recommend using the same style as we do in informal speaking. If it's a more formal piece of writing, then I would recommend using 5 instead of 3 or 4. When I'm faced with a sentence like 1 or 2, I usually try to rephrase it -- for example, 'There are two people, a man and a woman' or 'There is a man and there is a woman', though you could also perhaps say it in a completely different way. I'm afraid I can't offer much of a suggestion without knowing more about the context.

Hope this helps.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello I would like to ask which of the following is correct
1.The person I admire most is my grandmother or
2.The person I admire the most is my grandmother
Thank you in advance

Hello agie,

Both forms are correct and there is no difference in meaning.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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