Cymbals is a musical instrutment, so I must put an article 'the' before it? Correct?Can I write 'he played a pair of cymbals'?

asked Apr 22 '12 at 12:37 May New member

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You do not need an article because you already have another determiner.  You would use one or the other, not both.  Your example is a determiner phrase, the determiner is a in the phrase a pair of.  There are many other determiners that can be used before a noun.


a pair of cymbals

the cymbals

his cymbals

your cymbals

those cymbals

different cymbals

many cymbals

link comment answered Apr 22 '12 at 15:47 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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