I watched a TV

TV or a TV?

The indefinite article is used with the word ‘TV’ when referring to it as an electronic device, a machine, a physical object. If you were to sit down and watch a TV, it would mean that you sat down; perhaps for  hours, and watched a machine…which would make many people question your sanity! When you wish to discuss TV programming or the activity of watching TV, do not use the indefinite article. With this in mind, the example to the right should read ‘I watched TV’, instead of ‘I watched a TV.'(Rule 3.1)


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