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    Arrow A Standard Procedure

    a) "It is a standard procedure to handcuff suspects."
    b) "It is standard procedure to handcuff suspects."

    "Procedure" is both countable and uncountable. Could one of the above be better than the other?
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    Re: A Standard Procedure

    It is standard procedure.

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    Re: A Standard Procedure

    Quote Originally Posted by EricaWW View Post
    a) "It is a standard procedure to handcuff suspects."
    b) "It is standard procedure to handcuff suspects."

    "Procedure" is both countable and uncountable. Could one of the above be better than the other?
    We hear b more often than a.

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    Arrow Re: A Standard Procedure

    Does it mean:

    "It is a standard procedure to handcuff suspects."

    is possible and acceptable since putting handcuffs on a suspect could be read as a single unit of activity?

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    Re: A Standard Procedure

    Riquecohen has answered your question already.

    (a) is understandable; (b) is idiomatic.

    Rover

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    Arrow Re: A Standard Procedure

    Merriam-Webster Dictionary

    aa) "The SWAT team followed standard procedure by moving very deliberately."
    bb) "The SWAT team followed standard procedures by moving very deliberately."

    Are aa) and bb) the same?

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    Re: A Standard Procedure

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    Merriam-Webster Dictionary

    aa) "The SWAT team followed standard procedure by moving very deliberately."
    bb) "The SWAT team followed standard procedures by moving very deliberately."

    Are aa) and bb) the same?
    Yes.

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    Arrow Re: A Standard Procedure

    In post #6, the countable and uncountable versions are the same; but in post #1, they are not.

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    Re: A Standard Procedure

    Quote Originally Posted by EricaWW View Post
    In post #6, the countable and uncountable versions are the same; but in post #1, they are not.
    It's not a question of countable or uncountable, it's a question of what is idiomatic and what is not, as I think you know very well.

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