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    A or 0 article

    Hi. In the following expressions we do not put "a" before the noun: "promote (a) political dialogue" or "the manifestation of (a) terror" etc.. Is there any general rule for this?

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    Re: A or 0 article

    You could use a in the first- it would depend on whether you're talking in general or about one situation.

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    Re: A or 0 article

    For 1. you use 'a' if you are referring to a specific, concrete dialogue. If you are after dialogue in its abstract form, don't use 'a'.
    "He wants to solve a crime" (a specific crime). "He wants to solve crime" (in general).
    To use 'a' in 2, you'd need "a terrorist event" or something concrete.

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