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    taking (a) salary

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    When asked if he would stop taking salary during the lockout, as Goodenow has said he would, Bettman replied: "That's not anything worth considering."
    Could "taking salary" be a print error, since "salary" is countable?

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    Re: taking (a) salary

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    Could "taking salary" be a print error, since "salary" is countable?
    I'm not sure it's a print error. Some nouns, of course, can be both countable and uncountable. I would place "salary" in the countable category, but sometimes (many times) journalists take liberties. Also I think "salary" is one of those words where the average/native AmE reader would not consider it wrong in that instance.

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    Re: taking (a) salary

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    Could "taking salary" be a print error, since "salary" is countable?
    No, this is the correct usage ("taking salary").

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    Re: taking (a) salary

    So, "taking a salary" would have been wrong?

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    Re: taking (a) salary

    I think it's far more natural with the "a."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: taking (a) salary

    Taking his salary sounds more natural to me- is this BrE?.

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    Re: taking (a) salary

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    Taking his salary sounds more natural to me- is this BrE?.
    I was tossing up between "taking a salary" and "taking his salary" too. I think they both sound fine though my first instinct would have been "a". I certainly think "taking salary" sounds very unnatural.

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    Re: taking (a) salary

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Taking his salary sounds more natural to me- is this BrE?.
    I think I'd use 'his', but 'a' sounds natural. I am with billmcd - I don't consider no article to be wrong in that sentence.

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