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    Omit an article) "collaborator"

    I saw a sentence that "APC apologized for using a racist slur in a show last week-prompting collaborator, shoe giant Timberland, to sever ties." in the newpaper.

    As I know, "collaborator" is a countable noun, so I guess that there should be "a" or "the" before that word.

    I wonder why reporter omitted an article "a" from before "collaborator" in that sentence.

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    Re: Omit an article) "collaborator"

    It's perfectly acceptable without it. We know whose collaborator it is because APC are mentioned at the beginning of the sentence. If anything were to be added there, it would be "APC's" or "their".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Omit an article) "collaborator"

    I am not a teacher.

    This is quite common in journalism. You'll notice that there is no article before 'shoe giant' either, (unless you copied it incorrectly, since there are other errors in your post)..

    It's the same as, '…while at Westminster, Prime Minister, David Cameron announced…'.

    It's sometimes referred to as journalese.

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    Re: Omit an article) "collaborator"

    Quote Originally Posted by hyen View Post
    I wonder why reporter omitted ....


    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Just a gentle reminder, Hyen, that you cannot omit "the" in front of the word "reporter." Even Journalese (thanks to Roman for the term) will NOT accept the absence of "the."


    James

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