• a bloody article again

    From alexander koryagin@2:5020/400 to All on Fri Jul 6 22:01:01 2018
    From: alexander koryagin <koryagin@erec.ru>


    Hi, all!

    In "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," by Rowling
    I read:
    -----------
    The house seemed to contain three tiny rooms. Two doors led off
    the main room, which served as kitchen and living room combined.
    ------------

    AFAIR "kitchen" is a countable noun. Why we cannot see an article in
    front of it?

    Bye, all!
    Alexander Koryagin

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  • From Roy Witt@1:387/22 to alexander koryagin on Fri Jul 6 22:01:01 2018
    Brer alexander koryagin wrote to Brer All about a bloody article again:

    In "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," by Rowling
    I read:
    -----------
    The house seemed to contain three tiny rooms. Two doors led off
    the main room, which served as kitchen and living room combined. ------------

    AFAIR "kitchen" is a countable noun. Why we cannot see an article in
    front of it?

    Because an article can either not be used, added, or one used selectively.

    Rephrased, 'Two doors led off the main room, which served as a combination kitchen and living room.'

    IMO, much better use of English grammar and clears up any question of what
    the main room is.


    R\%/itt



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  • From alexander koryagin@2:5020/400 to Roy Witt on Fri Jul 6 22:01:01 2018
    From: alexander koryagin <koryagin@erec.ru>

    Hi, Roy Witt!
    I read your message from 06.09.2013 15:42

    In "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," by Rowling
    I read:
    -----------
    The house seemed to contain three tiny rooms. Two doors
    led off the main room, which served as kitchen and living
    room combined.
    -----------

    AFAIR "kitchen" is a countable noun. Why we cannot see an
    article in front of it?
    Because an article can either not be used, added, or one used
    selectively.

    Well, well. ;)

    Rephrased, 'Two doors led off the main room, which served as a
    combination kitchen and living room.'

    "A" is the arcticle for "room," I see. But it is really weird for me
    when I see no "of" after "combination."

    I dare suppose, that it must be "combined" instead of "combination":

    Rephrased_3, 'Two doors led off the main room, which served as _a_
    combined kitchen and living room.'

    or

    Rephrased_4, 'Two doors led off the main room, which served as _a_
    kitchen and living room combined.'

    Bye, Roy!
    Alexander Koryagin
    fido7.english-tutor 2013
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  • From Roy Witt@1:387/22 to alexander koryagin on Fri Jul 6 22:01:01 2018
    Brer alexander koryagin wrote to Brer Roy Witt about Re: a bloody article again:

    -----------
    The house seemed to contain three tiny rooms. Two doors
    led off the main room, which served as kitchen and living
    room combined.
    -----------

    AFAIR "kitchen" is a countable noun. Why we cannot see an
    article in front of it?
    Because an article can either not be used, added, or one used
    selectively.

    Well, well. ;)

    Rephrased, 'Two doors led off the main room, which served as a
    combination kitchen and living room.'

    "A" is the arcticle for "room," I see. But it is really weird for me
    when I see no "of" after "combination."

    You could certainly insert the word 'of', if you wish. The meaning of the sentence will remain the same with or without it.

    I dare suppose, that it must be "combined" instead of "combination":

    Your perogative.

    Rephrased_3, 'Two doors led off the main room, which served as _a_ combined kitchen and living room.'

    Very good.

    or

    Rephrased_4, 'Two doors led off the main room, which served as _a_
    kitchen and living room combined.'

    Also very good.


    R\%/itt



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