'the' usage question

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I've heard the following phrase from the native speaker:

introduction to intonation

 

and I wonder, why it's not "introduction to the intonation"? I've read articles usage grammar but sometimes it's hard to understand which rule should be applied in the particular case, so please enlighten me :)

 

Thanks!

asked Feb 22 '11 at 10:23 xen New member

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Xen, 

 

In this case, 'intonation' is an abstract noun, which means that no article is used.

 

Abstract nouns are nouns that you cannot see, feel, hear, taste, or smell. Examples include: 'hope', 'interest', 'personality', and 'respect'.  Some abstract nouns can function in a non-abstract way, so be cautious.

 

I hope this helps, 

 

Kim

link comment answered Feb 23 '11 at 12:20 Kimberly Expert
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Kimberly,

 

Is USAGE also an abstract noun?

 

Neeta

link comment answered Jul 25 '11 at 06:15 Neeta New member

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