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1) How would one be allowed to use this kind of the quantifier in front of a uncountable noun. My instinct tells me this adjectival phrase is used correctly but need your affirmation.]

Adjectival quantifying phrase: a bit more & noun: sense

When he was younger and head a bit more sense.

2) Is the following sentence properly illustrating the case of an uncountable noun "sense" having the "the" because it is being specified contextually by the following phrase "to seek help"?

When that does not work they sometimes have the sense to seek help.

3) Why in the following sentence, the "call" is being allowed to function without an article?

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4) I got this "what looks to be" sort of a list from an accent help webiste and have been wondering why this list can function without strict adherence to the general sentential nad grammatical rules.

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Hi,

1) How would one be allowed to use this kind of the quantifier in front of a uncountable noun. My instinct tells me this adjectival phrase is used correctly but need your affirmation.]

Adjectival quantifying phrase: a bit more & noun: sense

When he was younger and had a bit more sense.

This sounds fine. Consider something tangible, like 'snow'. I can't count it, but I can conceive of it 'broken into bits', and thus I can conceive of having 'a bit more'.

2) Is the following sentence properly illustrating the case of an uncountable noun "sense" having the "the" because it is being specified contextually by the following phrase "to seek help"? Yes, I'd agree, except that I don't see 'sense' as uncountable here

When that does not work they sometimes have the sense to seek help but they don't have the sense to find a solution themselves. (ie two different kinds of sense are specified here)

3) Why in the following sentence, the "call" is being allowed to function without an article?

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The word 'call' is being used in the singular, to represent all the items of that type in a general way. It's like saying 'Thousands of the city's commuters travel to work by car'. It's idiomatic, in the sense that you can't do this with every noun.

4) I got this "what looks to be" sort of a list from an accent help webiste and have been wondering why this list can function without strict adherence to the general sentential nad grammatical rules.

Can you please be more specific about what parts of this you are questioning?

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Best wishes, Clive
Thank you.

In regard to #4, I think the list is in point form or the likes of that, so the usual rules of grammar might not apply and might be allowed the rooms of discretion to do away with non-essential elements in their sentences. Having said that, why are the sentences, as they look to me, do not follow some grammatical rules?

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(The first one in the list above makes sense but looks awkward. The second in the list does not follow the article rules, it seems to me.)
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Hi again,

It's really just as you say: In regard to #4, I think the list is in point form or the likes of that, so the usual rules of grammar might not apply It seems to me that the writer did not give a lot of careful thought to writing good English.

Best wishes, Clive
Thank you.

You said in your post that in the sentence below there are two different kinds of sense being worked there. Can you tell me what kinds of sense they are if that is not too difficult.

When that does not work they sometimes have the sense to seek help but they don't have the sense ot find a solution themselves.
Believer1) How would one be allowed to use this kind of the quantifier in front of a uncountable noun. My instinct tells me this adjectival phrase is used correctly but need your affirmation.]

Adjectival quantifying phrase: a bit more & noun: sense

When he was younger and head a bit more sense. Yes, but it's "had", and I guess you are aware of the fact your sentence isn't complete.

2) Is the following sentence properly illustrating the case of an uncountable noun "sense" having the "the" because it is being specified contextually by the following phrase "to seek help"?

When that does not work they sometimes have the sense to seek help. Yes

3) Why in the following sentence, the "call" is being allowed to function without an article?I think they speak in general, like "via email"

We also offer private line accent training therapy via video conference call.

4) I got this "what looks to be" sort of a list from an accent help webiste and have been wondering why this list can function without strict adherence to the general sentential nad grammatical rules.

- End your frustraton; increase your intellisibility quickly and easily.

- Integrate games, video instruction, animated graphics, wave form graphs, instant record, playback and coampare. These are imperatives, the kind of sentences you'll find in ads.

- (it is) Great for self-study, classroom and theraphy setting .

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Hi,

2) Is the following sentence properly illustrating the case of an uncountable noun "sense" having the "the" because it is being specified contextually by the following phrase "to seek help"? Yes, I'd agree, except that I don't see 'sense' as uncountable here

When that does not work they sometimes have the sense to seek help but they don't have the sense to find a solution themselves. (ie two different kinds of sense are specified here)

The 2 different kinds of sense are 1. The sense to seek help. 2. The sense to find a solution themselves.

You can count them. That's why the article is appropriate.

Best wishes, Clive