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EnglishFanatic92
Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 1:26:59 AM
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Hi all :)

In these sentences below I was told it wasn´t possible to use indefinite articles...however I would like to know when it is possible :) Does it depend on if there is "as for" or "in terms of" ?

- In terms of (a) genre, Agatha Christie is the best.

- As for (a) genre , it is often underestimated by critics.

Thank you.
FounDit
Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 11:22:38 AM

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No, the rule for using "a" as an indefinite article is:
Use "a" when the next word starts with a consonant, or before words starting in u and eu when they sound like you.

http://www.ef.com/english-resources/english-grammar/indefinite-articles/


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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 6:58:14 PM

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Hello English Fanatic.

You will have to give some more data - some context.

What is the writer writing about?

These four sentences don't really mean anything, just as individual sentences:
- In terms of genre, Agatha Christie is the best.
- In terms of a genre, Agatha Christie is the best.

- As for genre , it is often underestimated by critics.
- As for a genre , it is often underestimated by critics.



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Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
Posted: Saturday, July 15, 2017 5:42:34 AM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
These four sentences don't really mean anything, just as individual sentences:
- In terms of genre, Agatha Christie is the best.
- In terms of a genre, Agatha Christie is the best.

True. I would say

- In the scales of the genre Agatha Christie is the worst.

But getting back to our sheep let's look at Longman's definition:

http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/genre

Quote:
gen‧re noun [countable]

According to this definition one can not say "in terms of genre" 'cause it would be uncountable. Still there are plenty of examples in Google Books:

Modern Genre Theory, by David Duff

Quote:
Aesthetic objects belong to the former, generic categories to the latter domain; to discuss a work of art in terms of genre is thus to falsify its nature, and commit what philosophers call a 'category mistake'.

I understand that Longman's definition is not complete and 'genre' actually can be used as uncountable.

There are also examples of 'genre' used with the definite article:

God and History in the Book of Revelation, by Michael Gilbertson

Quote:
Rowland's suggestion that eschatology should not be regarded as the central feature of the apocalyptic genre has been criticized.3 And certainly, whatever might be the case in terms of the genre as a whole, the Book of Revelation itself has a critically important eschatological dimension.

Clearly here it is used as countable - a well-known genre of apocalypse.

There can only be found one example of 'genre' used with the indefinite article:

Memory and the Moving Image: French Film in the Digital Era, by Isabelle McNeill

Quote:
This can be seen in terms of a genre that has come to be called autofiction (sometimes referred to as 'faction' in English).

This is a very queer use of the expression. If you are talking of a particular genre (not genre as an idea) when saying "in terms of" the genre is probably already known to the reader.



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