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    Arrow HAVE (A) WORK ETHIC

    Do people countably "have a work ethic", or uncountably "have work ethic"?

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    Re: HAVE (A) WORK ETHIC

    Not a teacher

    To me it "a work ethic" sounds strange. "Work ethic" or "work ethics" is what I'm accustomed to.

    I'd like to know if the first is at all acceptable

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    Re: HAVE (A) WORK ETHIC

    Which one is more idiomatic? "lack of work ethic" or "lack of a work ethic"?

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    Re: HAVE (A) WORK ETHIC

    Thank for your Gillnetter. Somehow I did get quite confused. Better now,

    M.

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    Re: HAVE (A) WORK ETHIC

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    Which one is more idiomatic? "lack of work ethic" or "lack of a work ethic"?
    I wouldn't say that either of them is idiomatic.

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    Re: HAVE (A) WORK ETHIC

    I'm used to seeing this term applied to groups and not individuals. "The labor force in that area has a strong work ethic."

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    Re: HAVE (A) WORK ETHIC

    "The team failed for lack of work ethic."
    "The team failed for lack of a work ethic."

    Which one sounds better?

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    Re: HAVE (A) WORK ETHIC

    thanks!

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