No. An article is not used in that comstruction.
John was a man of modest means.
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I have a question about the usage of background. According to this dictionary, "background", in the sense of the type of family, social class, or training, is countable. But then there is this:
,where "an Irishman of modest background" is missing some article before "modest background". Could this be a slight editorial oversight?An Irishman of modest background, he takes a job at an exclusive London club, helping its rich members polish their ground strokes.
So, the dictionary is missing something, and this sense of "background" has both countable and uncountable forms?
"Of modest background" is an adjective, which should be singular.
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Would "an Irishman of a modest background" be just as good?
Would "an Irishman from modest background", where the uncountable form of "background" is used, be okay?