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TIL Grammar Glossary


Compiled by U Kyaw Tun (UKT), M.S. (I.P.S.T., U.S.A.), and staff of TIL (Tun Institute of Learning, http://www.tuninst.net ), from various sources. Prepared for students of TIL Computing and Language Center, Yangon, Myanmar. Not for sale.

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zero article  zero conditional

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zero article
Exceptions to using the definite article. There is no article:
with names of countries (if singular)
     Germany is an important economic power.
     He's just returned from Zimbabwe.
     (But: I'm visiting the United States next week.)
with the names of languages
     French is spoken in Tahiti.
     English uses many words of Latin origin.
     Indonesian is a relatively new language.
with the names of meals.
     Lunch is at midday.
     Dinner is in the evening.
     Breakfast is the first meal of the day.
with people's names (if singular):
     John's coming to the party.
     George King is my uncle.
     (But: we're having lunch with the Morgans tomorrow.)
with titles and names:
     Prince Charles is Queen Elizabeth's son.
     President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.
     Dr. Watson was Sherlock Holmes' friend.
     (But: the Queen of England, the Pope.)
After the 's possessive case:
     His brother's car.
     Peter's house.
with professions:
     Engineering is a useful career.
     He'll probably go into medicine.
with names of shops:
     I'll get the card at Smith's.
     Can you go to Boots for me?
with years:
     1948 was a wonderful year.
     Do you remember 1995?
with uncountable nouns:
     Rice is the main food in Asia.
     Milk is often added to tea in England.
     War is destructive.
with the names of individual mountains, lakes and islands:
     Mount McKinley is the highest mountain in Alaska.
     She lives near Lake Windermere.
     Have you visited Long Island?
with most names of towns, streets, stations and airports:
     Victoria Station is in the centre of London.
     Can you direct me to Bond Street?
     She lives in Florence.
     They're flying from Heathrow.
in some fixed expressions, for example:
     at school / at work / at University
     by car / by train / by air
     in church / in prison / in bed
     on foot / on holiday / on air (in broadcasting)

Exceptions to using the definite article: www.edufind.com/english/grammar/ 
See zero_article.htm

From UseE
The Zero Article is when a noun is used without the, a or an:
     Time is money.


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zero conditional

From UseE
FORMATION: If + Present Simple, + Present Simple
The Zero Conditional is used for actions that are always true when the conditions are satisfied.
     If you put sugar in coffee, it tastes sweet.
Internet links: {Conditionals}; {Modal Verb}; {1st Conditional}; {2nd Conditional}; {3rd Conditional}; {Verb}
Related Article: English Conditionals - Read up on the English Conditional and discover how they are used to talk about possible or imaginary situations


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