ADVICE IS UNCOUNTABLE
Her mentor offered some sound advice that took her far in life.
Advice is uncountable and as such, it cannot be preceded by an indeterminate article:
A/an. Instead, we should use words like some, a word/piece/bit of or the.
- The valuable advice her mentor provided took her far in life.
PEOPLE AND POLICE ARE PLURAL
(Remember the mnemonic PPP)
People tend to associate studying to hard work.
Armed police have taken the streets and turned the city into a battlefield.
Therefore, it needs to be addressed some attention. I recommend, for instance, to write examples until this is engrained in someone’s mind. Boring as it may sound, it is effective.
You could start by completing these sentences either orally or in writing:
People are …
Police are …
People have ….
Police have …
People were …
Police were ….
LIKE/SUCH AS = FOR EXAMPLE
Britain has given the world inventions such as the telephone, the light bulb and the toothbrush.
Also: for example, like, e.g. but not AS by itself
like is a bit more informal
At the end: and the like and such
HAVE A COFFEE (RATHER THAN TAKE)
The employees take a mid-morning break to have a coffee and a snack.
take a coffee This is also a direct
Note however that you can use these words together in examples such as:
- Do you take sugar in your coffee?
- My boss never takes a coffee-break unless he has achieved his morning goals.