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  1. Anonymous
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    needs an "a" or not ?

    Should there be an "a" in front of the word "part" in :
    “This island is not a part of Micronesia”?
    I was told that “a” should not be there unless the word “part” is preceded
    by an adjective. E.g. This island is not a significant part of the group.

    Thanks.

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    #2
    You can say “This island is not a part of Micronesia” or “This island is not part of Micronesia” either one.

    :)

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    Re: needs an "a" or not ?

    Quote Originally Posted by articleblind
    Should there be an "a" in front of the word "part" in :
    “This island is not a part of Micronesia”?
    I was told that “a” should not be there unless the word “part” is preceded
    by an adjective. E.g. This island is not a significant part of the group.

    Thanks.
    Either 'a part' or 'part' is OK as pointed out.

    'part', however, is best in terms of clarity: 'a part' implies an omitted adjective.

    :D

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