AMITIAE - Monday 3 April 2016
Cassandra: Grammar Decisions - Countable, Uncountable Nouns and the Use of Articles
By Graham K. Rogers
For a native speaker, the difference is dealt with almost instantly, along with the use of the correct article (a/an, the, or nothing). To non-native speakers, however, the process of making such decisions is either labored or ignored.
I do not enjoy teaching grammar, but this point sometimes has me drawing a diagram on the white board and in recent weeks, I used this several times with undergraduate and graduate students. Over the weekend, I finally put this into a form that could be transmitted. Initially I used Apple's Keynote to draw the diagram, but ended up with a PNG image that I posted on Facebook with some explanation.
This has proved quite useful to several of my students (and others), so it might be better if this were more widely circulated. I am also able to place the diagram in the center of the text, which Facebook would not allow. Enjoy, and share. . . .
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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