Determiners

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Can You Say 'a Knowledge'?

We don't say "a knowledge". However, "knowledge" is sometimes used with "a", but only in the pattern "a knowledge of something".

'Cut in Line' or 'Cut in the Line'

It's "cut in line". We use the expression "cut in line" when someone unfairly goes in front of other people who are waiting in line.

'Wait in Line' or 'Wait in the Line'

We say "wait in line". When talking about a row of people or things, the article is usually, but not always, unnecessary.

Can You Say 'a Content'?

"Content" is typically an uncountable noun, so it's incorrect to say "a content".

Can You Say 'a Ruin'?

It's correct to say "a ruin". However, to speak about the remains of a city or building, the plural form, ruins, is more common.

Is It 'in Line' or 'in the Line'?

When using the verbs wait, stand, or be, the article "the" is generally unnecessary, so we say "wait in line", "stand in line", or "be in line".

Articles With Names of Wearables

Certain types of wearables, like glasses, sunglasses, goggles, and headphones, only have a plural form.