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    We use could for general ability


    I've seen the following sentence in the Raymond Murphy Grammar book recently:

    We use could for general ability.

    I can't understand why it isn't necessary to use neither the definite article or the indefinite article before general ability. Could you explain to me this thing, please?

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    Re: We use could for general ability

    'Ability' is functioning as an uncountable noun in that sentence.

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