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    #1

    in search

    Hello there,
    Could you, please, tell me the answer to my silly question?
    Why in the sentence

    I travelled to Manchester in search of my past.

    search does not have an article?
    Isn't SEARCH a noun in this sentence? Why is there no a or the before it?
    Thank you very, very much in advance

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    Re: in search

    An article is not needed there. Not all nouns in all uses require one.

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    #3

    Re: in search

    If there were no "my," would be there "the," Mike?

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    #4

    Re: in search

    I thought you were asking about "search". If there were no "my" before past, "the" would be likely.

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    Re: in search

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    An article is not needed there. Not all nouns in all uses require one.
    Correct. Other examples:

    'Percy Cution is in favour of the death penalty.'
    'A statue was erected in honour of the late physicist, Kath O'Dray.'
    'Eileen Dover was in danger of falling off the cliff.'

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    If there were no "my," would be there you use "the," Mike?
    'I travelled to Manchester in the search of past' does not make sense.

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