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    #1

    To be in good form OR to be in A good form?

    Is the article necessary in this collocation?

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    #2

    Re: To be in good form OR to be in A good form?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Is the article necessary in this collocation?
    No, it's wrong.

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    Re: To be in good form OR to be in A good form?

    If by "form", you mean "school class" (used in BrE) then you could say "I'm in a good form" meaning that you like the class you're in, maybe the other children are well behaved or something.

    If you mean that you are in a good mood or doing something well, then "in" is the wrong preposition. It's "I'm on good form".

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    Re: To be in good form OR to be in A good form?

    There are over thirty examples of "be + in good form" in the BNC.

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    Re: To be in good form OR to be in A good form?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    There are over thirty examples of "be + in good form" in the BNC.
    Duly corrected. Sorry, for some reason that usage just sounded totally wrong initially when I read the post. However, when sportspeople talk about being in good condition for a forthcoming event (for example) they might say "I'm in really good form at the moment. I think I could win this tournament!"

    "I'm on good form" has a different connotation, as in my previous post.

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    Re: To be in good form OR to be in A good form?

    Thank you, it was the "sport" context which I meant. It was also good to learn the collocation "to be on form" which I never heard of. ))

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    Re: To be in good form OR to be in A good form?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Thank you, it was the "sport" context which I meant. It was also good to learn the collocation "to be on form" which I never heard of. ))
    You probably haven't gained much. I've never heard it either (and never missed it). Though I would have assumed it was some American version (or from elsewhere) of "to be in form" if I did hear it.

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