Chapter 6. Articles
6.3 Omission of Articles
No article is used in the following cases:
- Before proper, material, and abstract noun if they are do not particularise. For
Shakespeare is a great poet. But Kalidas is the Shakespeare of India.
Water is colourless. But The water of the Ganges is sacred to the Hindus.
Honesty is the best policy. But the honesty of the boy is striking one.
- Before man in the sense of mankind. Such as: Man is mortal.
- Some of the words like mankind, society, government, company, parliament,
cattle etc. do not take article when they are used in the widest sense. For
example: Always keep good company.
- Some idiomatic phrases like, to take root to, set fire to, to give ear to, to take
advantage of, at might, by day, by boat, by land, at hand, at library, send word,
to attend school.
- No article is used before title used in apposition to a noun. For example: Dr.
Roy, Headmaster of our school, has fallen sick. Monomohan Singh, Prime Minister
of India, has covered his term.
- Subjective or objective complements of verbs like make, elect, appoint, crown
etc. For example: The boys made him captain. The members elected him chairman.
- When separate persons or things are joined by and, the article should be replaced
separately. Examples: The young and the old attended the meeting. The
chairman, the secretary, and the treasurer are different persons on the committee.
- If two or more adjectives qualify a single noun, the second article should be
inserted, or it may be dropped if the noun is in the plural. For example: I have
read the New and the Old Testament of the Bible. Swami Vivekananda is known all over the east and the
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