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    The camel can go "a/no article" long distance without water.

    This is not my homework.

    Which of the following sentences is/are correct?

    1:-The camel can go long distance without water.
    2:- The camel can go a long distance without water.

    I think that generally "distance", being an uncountable noun does not take "a" before it but the phrase "a long distance" is an exception. Am I right?

    Kindly enlighten me by providing answer to my problem.
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    #2

    Re: The camel can go "a/no article" long distance without water.

    1:-The camel can go long distances without water.
    2:- The camel can go a long distance without water.

    These two are possible. I prefer #1.
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    Re: The camel can go "a/no article" long distance without water.

    Bhaisahab, is "distance" a countable noun or is it some form of exception?

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    Re: The camel can go "a/no article" long distance without water.

    'Distance' has both countable and uncountable usages.

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