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We need a translator with an excellent knowledge of Italian.

 

I want my children to have a good education.

 

Both knowledge and education are uncountable nouns. Uncountable nouns cannot be used with the indefinte article. However, in the above examples A is used in front of both nouns. Why? Is it possible to leave the article out or to put THE in front of knowledge and education.

asked Nov 30 '12 at 11:58 Ema Kis New member

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I agree with you.  As you said, both are uncountable nouns. 

An excellent knowledge--> It is an adjective-noun combination.

a good education--->It is an adjective-noun combination.

 

We must use an indefinite article "a" or "an" before an adjective-noun combination.

link comment answered Nov 30 '12 at 13:34 sanjay Expert

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