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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 3:01:22 AM
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The body needs a basic amount of insulin all the time – day and night. Insulin such as Humulin M3, Novomix 30 and Humalog Mix 25 are mixtures of ‘short acting’ and ‘intermediate’ acting insulin.

http://www.nhslanarkshire.org.uk/Services/Diabetes/Documents/Diabetes%20-%20Insulin%20Adjustment%20for%20twice%20daily%20mixed%20insulin.pdf
Please explain the use of indefinite article "a" before "basic amount..."?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 4:59:53 AM

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Hi!

It is an unspecified amount/dosage. It's not definite (it may be 20mg for me and 100mg for you . . .).

Usually the body produces this daily requirement, but for someone with problems the doctor would have to provide a certain daily dose - different for each patient - as well as the 'fast-acting' random doses.

If everyone needed exactly the same, you could use 'the' - it would be a definite amount -
"The body needs the basic amount, 50mg of insulin, all the time - day and night."

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
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