Leslie Linguo

ESL Grammar Course

...to help you in your conversations with Leslie Linguo
Nouns without A or THE
Sometimes we do not use the articles the, a, an, some or any at the beginning of a noun phrase; we use nothing at all.

1. With names

With most names of people, places and times we do not use an article.

2. Talking generally

We all need water to live. (NOT the water)
Life is hard. (NOT the life)
Doctors cure sick people. (NOT the doctors)

When we want to be more specific, we use the article:

The water in this bottle is dirty.
He has had a good life.

3. Identifying

Mass nouns: It is coffee.
Plural nouns: We are students.

We use the article with singular count nouns:

I am a student
It is a cup.

4. Talking about meals

He has breakfast at six. (NOT the breakfast)
Why don't you stay for lunch? (NOT the lunch)

5. Talking about illnesses

I think I've got flu. (NOT the flu)

6. After prepositions

TRAVELLING: We went by bus. (NOT the bus)
PLACES: He was in bed. (NOT the bed)
PLACES: They went to school early. (NOT the school)
PLACES: She's in hospital with a broken leg. (NOT the hospital)

In this case, be careful! If we want to be more specific we have to use the article:

She's in prison. OR She's in San Quentin prison. (because it is a name of a place)
BUT She's in the prison on Main street.

He studies at university. OR He studies at Cambridge University.
BUT He studies at the University of Cambridge

7. SOME times of day

at night, at midnight, at sunrise
(NOTICE, however, in the morning, in the afternoon)

In unit 54 we will see examples of when to use a, an, some, any, the or nothing.
Contents
The Basic Sentence
Unit 1: The Basic Sentence
Unit 2: The Subject
Unit 3: The Verb
Unit 4: Subject and Verb
Unit 5: Negative Sentences
Unit 6: Short Forms
Unit 7: Word Order
Questions
Unit 8: Question Words
Unit 9: Making Questions
Unit 10: Subject Questions
Unit 11: Short Answers
Unit 12: Question Tags
Unit 13: Indirect Questions
Verbs
Unit 14: Verb Forms
Unit 15: Using Verb Forms
Unit 16: The Verb to Be
Unit 17: Auxiliary Verbs
Unit 18: The Imperative
Unit 19: Present Simple Formation
Unit 20: Using the Present Simple
Unit 21: The Past Simple
Unit 22: The Present Continuous
Unit 23: The Past Continuous
Unit 24: Present Perfect Formation
Unit 25: Using the Present Perfect
Unit 26: The Past Perfect
Unit 27: Modal Verbs
Unit 28: The modal verb CAN
Unit 29: The modal verb COULD
Unit 30: The modal verbs MAY and MIGHT
Unit 31: The modal verbs WILL and SHALL
Unit 32: The modal verb WOULD
Unit 33: The modal verbs MUST and SHOULD
Unit 34: HAVE TO, NEED TO and NEEDN'T
Unit 35: Necessity and Advice
Unit 36: BE ABLE, OUGHT, HAVE GOT TO and HAD BETTER
Unit 37: GOING TO
Unit 38: USED TO
Unit 39: Verbs and Present Time
Unit 40: Verbs and Past Time
Unit 41: Verbs and Future Time
The Passive
Unit 42: Passive Sentences
Unit 43: Passive Verb Formations
Unit 44: Using the Passive
The Noun Phrase
Unit 45: Nouns and Noun Phrases
Unit 46: Plurals of Unit Nouns
Unit 47: Mass Nouns
Unit 48: Proper Nouns and Verbal Nouns
Unit 49: Genetive
Unit 50: Personal Pronouns
Unit 51: A, AN, SOME and ANY
Unit 52: THE
Unit 53: Nouns without A or THE
Unit 54: The Correct Article
Unit 55: THIS, THAT, THESE and THOSE
Unit 56: Mass and Unit in Sentences
Unit 57: Quantity
Unit 58: BOTH, EITHER and NEITHER
Unit 59: ONE
Unit 60: Relative Clauses
Types of Sentences
Unit 61: Empty Subjects
Unit 62: Simple Sentence Types
Unit 63: Complex Sentence Types
Adjectives and Adverbs
Unit 64: Adjectives and Adverbs
Unit 65: Position of Adjectives
Unit 66: Position of Adverbs
Unit 67: Some Important Adverbs
Comparison
Unit 68: Forms for Comparison
Unit 69: Comparing Two
Unit 70: Comparing Three or More
When?
Unit 71: Adverbs of Time
Unit 72: Prepositions of time
Unit 73: How Often?
Prepositions
Unit 74: In the World
Unit 75: In a Town
Unit 76: Outdoors
Unit 77: Indoors
Unit 78: In a Room
Unit 79: Objects and People
How and Why?
Unit 80: How?
Unit 81: Purpose and Use
Unit 82: Reason and Consequence
Connecting Ideas
Unit 83: Similar Ideas
Unit 84: Opposite Ideas
Unit 85: Sequence of Events
Unit 86: Conditions