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    on installment plan vs on the installment plan

    Do I buy a car on installment plan, on the installment plan or installment payments?

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    Re: on installment plan vs on the installment plan

    I bought a car on instalments (BE spelling).

    I bought a car on an instalment plan.

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    Re: on installment plan vs on the installment plan

    What about this " And I sat there, and, you know, I knew I was dying, you know, I knew was doing life in prison on installment plan, so... I'd really wanted to be clean and sober, I just didn't know how."? It's used here without an article.

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    Re: on installment plan vs on the installment plan

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    What about this " And I sat there, and, you know, I knew I was dying, you know, I knew was doing life in prison on installment plan, so... I'd really wanted to be clean and sober, I just didn't know how."? It's used here without an article.
    Where did you find that text?

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    Re: on installment plan vs on the installment plan

    On the Corpus of Contemporary American English.

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    Re: on installment plan vs on the installment plan

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    On the Corpus of Contemporary American English.
    It's incorrect usage. "I knew I was doing life in prison on installment plan" makes no sense. Even if you put an article before "installment" it wouldn't make sense.

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    Re: on installment plan vs on the installment plan

    Actually my question was if I could use it without an article. Could I?

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    Re: on installment plan vs on the installment plan

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Actually my question was if I could use it without an article. Could I?
    No. Not if you want to use correct English.

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    Re: on installment plan vs on the installment plan

    Could I just say on installment?

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    Re: on installment plan vs on the installment plan

    I answered both your questions in post #2.

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