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When no article is needed

Do not use an article:

  • if the noun phrase starts with a determiner or possessive.
  • to talk about something abstract and uncountable (love, happiness). 
  • with non-abstract, uncountable nouns when you are talking about something in general (do you take milk?).
  • when talking about countable things in general (use the plural: I like mangoes).
  • with sports, academic subjects and games.

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