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    Is the sentence right in grammar?

    "Women are now on an equality with men. " I've never seen such an expression about "equality"---be on an equality with..." Furthermore I've always thought "equality" is an uncountable noun. Does this expression exist in English? Is the sentence right in grammar? I'll be greatly thankful for your answers!

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    Re: Is the sentence right in grammar?

    I am not a teacher, but I will comment.

    Yes, equality is an uncountable noun so you would not use an indefinite article.

    A correct sentence would be:

    Women now have equality with men.

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    Re: Is the sentence right in grammar?

    Quote Originally Posted by luschen View Post
    I am not a teacher, but I will comment.

    Yes, equality is an uncountable noun so you would not use an indefinite article.

    A correct sentence would be:

    Women now have equality with men.

    So does that mean there doesn't exist the phrase" be on an equality with" at all in English?

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    Re: Is the sentence right in grammar?

    No, you can't have "an equality", although there is a common term "be on an equal footing with" which means to have the same position or rank.

    In math, 2+3 is not equal to 6 is called "an inequality"

    But 2+3 equals 5 is called "an equation" not "an equality"

    So I can think of no situation where you would ever say "an equality"

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    Re: Is the sentence right in grammar?

    Quote Originally Posted by luschen View Post
    No, you can't have "an equality", although there is a common term "be on an equal footing with" which means to have the same position or rank.

    In math, 2+3 is not equal to 6 is called "an inequality"

    But 2+3 equals 5 is called "an equation" not "an equality"

    So I can think of no situation where you would ever say "an equality"
    Your answers are really helpful for me! Thanks again!

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