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Are Articles Necessary?

I came to a realization that if you take any sentence and get rid of the articles("the", "a/an", and "some") you can still pretty much understand what it's saying. For example, "A kid plays the game" and "Kid plays game" are pretty much the same. Plus having a distinction between "a" and "the" isn't needed that much. "The kid" and "A kid" both mean almost the same thing, because it could still be referring to any kid. The only difference "the" has over "a" is when it gives higher authority to the noun. "The kid" gives the impression that that kid is special, while "A kid" is just an ordinary kid. What do you guys think? Could we go without articles? I know some languages do.

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/NinROCK3T

Just for fun, here's whole post WITHOUT articles :p : I came to realization that if you take any sentence and get rid of articles("" and "") you can still pretty much understand what it's saying. For example, "kid plays game" and "Kid plays game" are pretty much same. Plus having distinction between "" and "" isn't needed that much. "kid" and "kid" both mean almost same thing, because it could still be referring to any kid. only difference "" has over "" is when it gives higher authority to noun. "kid" gives impression that kid is special, while "kid" is just ordinary kid. What do you guys think? Could we go without articles? I know some languages do.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Malena262291

That actually wasn't nearly as confusing as I thought it'd be

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PandaCupcake12

I agree, lol!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer
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Not only some languages but probably most. Here's a map of Europe

where white represents "no articles" and the two lighter shades represent "only definite articles". When we go outside of Europe, we can add for example Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian and most of the non-European IE languages (like Hindi) to the white ones.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Osnakezz
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That map is from Wikipedia, btw.

Dark blue = indefinite and definite articles
Light blue = only definite articles
Purple = indefinite and suffixed definite articles
Pink = only suffixed definite articles
Light gray = no articles
White = water ;)

Just my personal opinion, though, but they could add as well if the articles have a grammatical gender or not, and if yes, how many, or what type.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NinROCK3T

Noice

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/George418878
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It makes you sound like Russian.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeviPolasak

I think we'd be able to get rid of it, but then we'd have to implement something similar to what Swedish has, like Kvinna vs Kvinnan. I did the first skill very long ago, so I don't remember, but I think kvinnan means the woman, but kvinna is just woman.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/no.name.42
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That's not really getting rid of articles. Languages like Chinese or Latin just do not communicate articles.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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nope they're quite redundant

1 year ago