What article should be used in the following sentence?
He was English by [a/the/] blood.
I feel there should be a zero article here, but I was taught that the zero article is impossible in English.
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Who taught you that there is no zero article in English?
Briefly, articles work like this:
Singular countable noun ~ ~ definite - the ~ ~ indefinite - a/an
Plural countable noun: ~ ~ ~definite - the ~ ~ indefinite - zero
Uncountable: ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~definite - the ~ ~ indefinite - zero
In detail, they work like this.