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CU-TEP day 8 – CU-TEP Error Writing Numbers / Article
By chulatutor   on 11/10/15

CU-TEP Error Writing

Day 8 Numbers / Article

Numbers

Singularity and plurality of a noun is another aspect of English that is different from Thai. Thus this topic confuses most people. The error identification test about this topic will place a singular noun where the plural one should be placed, and vice versa. So, how do you know when to use a singular noun or a plural noun?

There are hints in the surrounding words.

 

Singular nounsPlural nouns
is/amare
verb with s/esverb in regular form
doesdo
hashave
a, an, amount of, (a) little, a single, each, every, much, one, this, thata couple (of), (a) few, a number of, both, many, several, each of, one of, all, some, these, those
five hundred times, ten thousand people, two million baht hundreds of, thousands of, millions of

 

There are other rules that often tested.

1. Uncountable nouns don’t have plural form. information informations

2. Special nouns change form. children childs

3. In a compound noun, the first word acts as an adjective and the last word acts as a noun. So the plural form must be shown in the last word. blind spots blinds spots

4. Numeral indicators with ‘of’ must be followed by plural noun

 

Article

There are two angles involving in selecting an appropriate article; countable / uncountable and singular / plural.

 

SingularPlural
Countableindefinite – a / an

definite – the

indefinite – s / es / others

definite – the + s / es / others

Uncountableindefinite – some / a

definite – the

No plural form because it cannot be counted.

 

 

The next question is indefinite or definite? A movie or the movie?

You use ‘a movie’ when you are not talking about one movie in particular. As in ‘Let’s go see a movie.’ Or ‘A movie will help me so much right now.’

You use ‘the movie’ when you are talking about one movie in particular. As in ‘The movie we saw yester day is amazing.’ Or ‘Do you remember the movie I told you about?’

Basically a definite noun is the noun that you can specify, meaning you can modify it or you talked about it before.

This clip gives more detail about identifying articles.

 

Check this out : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZyLP4ICGBw

 

CU-TEP Error Writing Numbers / Article

Singularity and plurality of a noun is another aspect of English that is different from Thai. Thus this topic confuses most people.
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