CU-TEP Error Writing
Day 8 Numbers / Article
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 nouns||Plural nouns|
|verb with s/es||verb in regular form|
|a, an, amount of, (a) little, a single, each, every, much, one, this, that||a 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.
4. Numeral indicators with ‘of’ must be followed by plural noun
There are two angles involving in selecting an appropriate article; countable / uncountable and singular / plural.
|Countable||indefinite – a / an
definite – the
|indefinite – s / es / others
definite – the + s / es / others
|Uncountable||indefinite – 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