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General Writing
Number of Nouns and Articles

 Number of Nouns

We all know that most English nouns are countable, and still there are some uncountable nouns, but unfortunately we seem to forget the rules while writing. Usually we find sentences with incorrect use of forms of nouns in students' writing. See if you can find the mistakes in the following sentences.

  1. We can learn a lot of knowledges by reading books.
  2. I think it important for us to give the smokers an advice.
  3. The computer is very useful because it is able to store much information.
  4. They are interested in the little girl because she speaks a good English.

Fill in the blanks with nouns in their correct forms

1 He has made rapid in his study of English.
A. progresses B. progress

2 We should pay attention to the of English grammar while writing.
A. rule B. rules

3 I believe that will help us review our lessons.
A.homework B. homeworks

4 A child from a poor family has the right to receive .
A. educations B. education

5 We are making for the final examination.
A. preparation B. preparations

6 Some of the factories in that city can also produce advanced .
A. equipment B. equipments

7 People may have different opinions about .
A. happinesses B. happiness

8 It is clear that books about sex and will do great _________to young people.
A. violence /harm B. violences /harms

9 Students should have the to face the problems in their study.
A. courage B. courages

10 He is a college teacher of many years' .
A. experience B. experiences

The use of English articles (a/an/the) is one of the most difficult points in writing. Although learners have learned a set of rules about articles, they still have trouble and tend to misuse them.

Fill in the blanks with definite or indefinite articles where necessary.

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