1a. He will receive an award during the awards ceremony. (OK)
1b. He will receive an award during the award ceremony. (OK)
2a. Last year, I spent for about $1,000 on shoes. (Not OK)
2b. Last year, I spent about $1,000 on shoes. (OK)
3. The nickname " Police" was given to him when he was in elementry school because his dad served as a policeman at the City Police Station. The nickname has since stuck.
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