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    "Eat a humble pie" or "eat humble pie" which is correct ?

    Out of the two idioms which is grammatically correct ?

    eat a humble pie
    eat humble pie

    Sentence improvement question:-even though out team took the field with great confidence, the opposition made them eat the humble pie.
    a:-a humble pie
    b:-humble pie
    c:-humble pies
    d:-no improvement

    however the answer to this question is a (provided in the book) but when I searched internet for idioms ,everywhere I fould eat humble pie instead of a humble pie.
    So what should be the right answer ?


    Please provide a little explanation also.

    Disclaimer:-This is not a home-work.
    Last edited by Sahil Dhankhar; 04-Aug-2014 at 09:28.

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    Re: "Eat a humble pie" or "eat humble pie" which is correct ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sahil Dhankhar View Post
    Out of the two idioms which is grammatically correct?

    eat a humble pie wrong
    eat humble pie right

    Please provide a little explanation also. Click here.

    Disclaimer:-This is not a home-work homework.
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    Re: "Eat a humble pie" or "eat humble pie" which is correct ?

    I am very grateful for pointing out mistakes other than the question. :)

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    Re: "Eat a humble pie" or "eat humble pie" which is correct ?

    It's interesting that etymologically the indefinite article was there: the numbles were the offal of a deer. The privileged people ate the meat (venison) and a poor person ate 'a numble pie'. Read more here.

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