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    Winwin2011 is offline Senior Member
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    Default This is top secret

    I read the following sentence from NTC's Dictionary of American English Expression:

    Instructions about keeping a secret

    This is top secret.

    Secret is a countable noun. Why doesn't the author use "a' before "top secret."?

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    Default Re: This is top secret

    'Secret' is an adjective here.

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    Default Re: This is top secret

    "Top secret" is a classification.

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    Default Re: This is top secret

    Read more about those classifications here.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: This is top secret

    When I wore a uniform, we knew the classifications as TSCRU, pronounced 'Tea-screw'.

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    Default Re: This is top secret

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    When I wore a uniform, we knew the classifications as TSCRU, pronounced 'Tea-screw'.
    Thank you! I knew there was a mnemonic for it when I first joined the Civil Service but it had been lost in the mists of time. I can't believe that's nowhere to be found on Google.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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