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    became a law/became law

    I came across many sentences with the phrase 'become a law' as in 'In 1857 the bill passed the legislature and became a law'. But in dictionaries there's only the phrase of 'become law'. Are both phrases good English?

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    Re: became a law/became law

    Quote Originally Posted by linggong View Post
    I came across many sentences with the phrase 'become a law' as in 'In 1857 the bill passed the legislature and became a law'. But in dictionaries there's only the phrase of 'become law'. Are both phrases good English?
    The one without the article is more natural.

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    Re: became a law/became law

    I don't think there's anything grammatically wrong with "become a law", but "become law" is the normal expression.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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