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 Post subject: Grammar ?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2016 7:01 pm 
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Do the articles "a", "an", "the" pass for as being adjectives.

Also, I would add a comma after "Suddenly", "However", however I see some of the GL Assessment tests not including them.

I am not sure.


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 Post subject: Re: Grammar ?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 10:38 am 
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No, they are articles, not adjectives.

I think you are right about suddenly and needing to put a comma after it.


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 Post subject: Re: Grammar ?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 10:39 am 
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And the same for However at the start of a sentence.


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 Post subject: Re: Grammar ?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 11:16 am 
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Not always true....for example...

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 Post subject: Re: Grammar ?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 1:07 pm 
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My immediate response was that 'a', 'an' and 'the' were not adjectives, but a quick Google search found at least one source which stated that they are. Unfortunately, I didn't bookmark it; I'm fairly sure it wasn't a UK site, though.

One can see that 'a' and 'an' could be described as adjectives describing number, I suppose?

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 Post subject: Re: Grammar ?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 7:03 pm 
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'The' is a definite article. 'A' and 'an' are indefinite articles. Toad mum I'm struggling to comprehend how they could be adjectives; could you clarify please ?


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 Post subject: Re: Grammar ?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 8:57 pm 
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piggys wrote:
'The' is a definite article. 'A' and 'an' are indefinite articles. Toad mum I'm struggling to comprehend how they could be adjectives; could you clarify please ?



Not really being serious there - I was just flummoxed to see from the precis that someone somewhere regards any of them as adjectives, but not curious enough to investigate the thinking behind it :lol: . The only thing I could think of was 'a' / 'an' denoting the singleness of something, therefore 'number', but tbh that's a bit lame.

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 Post subject: Re: Grammar ?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:44 pm 
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Articles are adjectives as they describe the noun following them.
'a' book rather than 'the' book


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 Post subject: Re: Grammar ?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:33 pm 
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Nope. You are confusing the concept of description with the concept of identification. 'The' book or 'a' book merely identifies the noun. It doesn't describe it. Trendy newspeak calls articles 'determiners' but I'm rather puritanical when it comes to grammar. I noticed in this year's English year 6 SATs that a whole load of new grammatical terms have been invented by the Whitehall cronies. Just to confuse matters further !


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 Post subject: Re: Grammar ?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 7:26 am 
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Oh! I've called them determinate and indeterminate articles all my life.


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