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    Omitted article

    Hello,

    Can anybody explain to me why the author omitted the article before "work"?

    "It may be presumptuous for me suggest to an artist work quite out of scope of his art and in every way inferior"

    Leonard Cline, The Dark Chamber, 1927

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    #2

    Re: Omitted article

    It doesn't make sense — with or without 'the'.

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    Re: Omitted article

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It doesn't make sense — with or without 'the'.
    I expressed myself badly; I wanted to say "indefinite article"; so "... to an artist a work quite out of scope ..." I do not understand why "a" is not there ...

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    Re: Omitted article

    "It may be presumptuous for me suggest to an artist work quite out of the scope of his art, and in every way inferior." It makes sense to me like this.

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    #5

    Re: Omitted article

    I think you may be wondering whether there is a difference between "a work" usually a single work e.g. 1 painting, or "work" which is a collective noun for some or all of an artist's (or a group of artists) work.

    I think some punctuation would assist in this sentence.

    "It may be presumptuous for me suggest to an artist, work - quite out of scope of his art and in every way inferior"

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    #6

    Re: Omitted article

    I don't think the dash improves the sentence. I think bhai's addition of the definite article and comma makes more sense.

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