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"Mr Suwondo, and the others who had received payment, were eventually tracked down."
I found the sentence from some "The Economist" article. Should "a" be added between "received" and "payment"?
what about "make payment"?
No. One makes a payment. One has made a payment. Or "One has made payments."
so i must "make a payment", but could either "receive payment" or "receive a payment"? so "make" is not as flexible as "receive"?
I don't think it's a question of the "flexibility" of the verbs. It's the "receive payment" is idiomatic, while "make payment" is not.
Then according to your theory, "delay payment" and "withhold payment" are just as idiomatic as "receive payment"? What about "miss payment"?
I could see "miss payment" in some circumstances.
it looks like i will never learn good english
The use of articles is one of the most difficult things to learn.