THE ‘ZERO ARTICLE’

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At times, we also have the possibility to have a noun phrase that includes NO articles, which is why they are termed as ‘Zero articles.’

The Zero Article is a part of the English Grammar which helps you in polishing your English learning and practicing skills. English is a lot more than just reading, writing, listening, and speaking; it has got more opportunities and benefits than we could imagine. Today, the whole world speaks in English, every work occurs in English, people talk in English, businesses happen in English, trades take place, and trade relations are built in English. With this, the English language has become a Universal language with millions and millions of people conversing daily. English is the most spoken language in the world.

As discussed before, English learning skills can be made more fluent and easy with daily practicing of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. With dedicated practice and learning, an English learner can definitely reach the heights of the English language and can also become a professional in the same. As we learn, slowly we will see that English Grammar is more than just about Nouns, Adverbs, Adjectives, and Verbs. Grammar is all about forming a proper sentence structure in order to make it sound more meaningful and sensible. 

The Zero Article is a part of the Determiners which is why it is also called the Zero Determiner. 

Let us understand this simple concept with some examples,

  1. I need a glass of wine.  – Indefinite Article
  2. I like the Indian cuisine of this restaurant. – Definite article
  3. I eat fish every day. – Zero Article

Now, let us look at:

  1. Zero Article with Plural and Uncountable Nouns

General meaning

  • Bikes, citizens
  • Death, air

Abstract nouns

  • Sadness, dance, literature
  1. Zero Article with Singular and Countable Nouns

People: Kevin, Sheila, Harvey

Places: India, Russia, China, Bangkok, Japan, Singapore, London University, Mars

Streets: Wall Street, Oxford Street

Languages: Hindi, English, Marathi, Russian, Chinese

Academic Subjects: Geography, Mathematics, History, Law

Days, Months: Sunday, December, Thursday, March

Sports and Games: Badminton, Rugby, Football, Hockey

Meals and Food: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Routine places: At school, in house, at work

Noun + Number: Room 4, Page 46, Platform 2

Transport or Movement: By car, by bike, by airplane, by helicopter

Newspaper headlines, user guides, notices: Rail accident took place, the celebrity involved in a drug racket

Let us now understand with some example sentences which show Zero Article in the sentences,

  1. Bikes can be dangerous on rainy days.
  2. We seldom see dedication like that. 
  3. We could see lightning in the sky. 
  4. She gave it to Kevin.
  5. He arrived in Thailand today.
  6. Hindi is such an easy language.
  7. All the students, please turn to page 76.
  8. We usually dine on Sunday
  9. In India, January is quite cold.
  10. We are shifting to Mumbai.

The Zero Article is a small topic but it shows good importance and the meaning it has which fills up a small gap in the ocean of English Grammar. With this, we know that small topics and topics which we are not yet aware, have an impact on our English learning skills and practice.

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