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Omission of articles is often, in my opinion, quite confusing, as they are often omitted in cases I'd find them needed. I know that some of it might just be for simplicity sake- teachers can't always be bothered to write everything down on the blackboard, and in informal language, generally a lot of formal stuff is omitted. So, the specific example which always kinda bothers me when I hear it, is: 'please remove card', spoken by the self checkout in the supermarket (UK). Card isn't really a proper noun, neither is it uncountable, so why is it omitted? Is it just informal language? And when writing a formal essay, to what extent can I omit adjectives in this fashion? Best regards, Adam

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    Welcome to EL&U. Please consider editing your question to make it clearer what your actual question is. Also, we like paragraphs. – Rupert Morrish Mar 4 '18 at 19:38
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    It's headlinese rather than standard grammar, yes, and you can't get away with this style in formal registers. And 'your' isn't an adjective. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 4 '18 at 19:43
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    "And when writing a formal essay, to what extent can I omit adjectives in this fashion?" Only in the title, but I wouldn't recommend it. – Tushar Raj Mar 5 '18 at 13:11
  • “Please remove card” is an abbreviation. It would better be “Please remove your card” but that would suggest the authors/programmers/software writers should use proper English. Omission of articles is always confusing but how much depends on your native language which, with a name like Kurowski, might well not be English. Please be sure, none of that is ever for simplicity’s sake - teachers are obliged to be bothered to write everything down on the blackboard; that’s part of their job description. Yes, in informal speech much is omitted. How is that relevant? – Robbie Goodwin Apr 15 '18 at 20:47

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