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    (Use of articles) Dickens is famous as a novelist and AN/NO ARTICLE essayist.

    This is not my homework.

    If this sentence were like "Dickens was a novelist and AN/NO ARTICLE essayist", I believe there would be a one time use of article and it would be correct to say "Dickens was a novelist and essayist".

    But here there is some change in the structure of the sentence, so I am not sure. Kindly help me to find the correct sentence out of the following.

    1:- Dickens is famous as a novelist and an essayist.
    2:- Dickens is famous as a novelist and essayist.


    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: (Use of articles) Dickens is famous as a novelist and AN/NO ARTICLE essayist.

    2. is more natural.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: (Use of articles) Dickens is famous as a novelist and AN/NO ARTICLE essayist.

    Bhaisahab, is sentence 1 also correct?

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    Re: (Use of articles) Dickens is famous as a novelist and AN/NO ARTICLE essayist.

    Yes. If it had been wrong, bhai would have said so.

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    Re: (Use of articles) Dickens is famous as a novelist and AN/NO ARTICLE essayist.

    When people say that something is more natural, they don't necessarily mean that the alternative is wrong, but the natural form is (much) more common. Sometimes a form may technically be correct, but very few people would use it. It is generally a good idea to go for the form that is correct and natural.

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