English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

When should one put a definite article before the word "fullness"?

UPD: To be precise, I have the following sentence.

The first condition is just (the ?) fullness of A.

Here fullness is some kind of property. What I also know is that I'd say:

Here we prove fullness of A.

Please, correct me if I'm wrong.

P.S. I'm also looking for a good consistent English grammar and punctuation book. Would be very grateful for any references.

share|improve this question
Hello Anton. The second question is not really On Topic here. About the first one, can you be more specific and also provide more context? Is there a particular reason why you're asking about the word "fullness"? Where would you need to use it? Edit this info inside your question. :) Thanks in advance. – Alenanno Aug 9 '11 at 14:39

Use fullness without the article to refer to the general concept of fullness:

A pleasant feeling of fullness usually comes after a hearty meal.

Use the definite article to refer to a specific instance of fullness:

The fullness I felt after the meal was most welcome, as I hadn't eaten for three days.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.