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    with (an) alacrity

    "Soames made this lady's acquaintance with alacrity ..." - John Galsworthy
    "... and plunges into their accomplishment with an alacrity which almost inebriates" - Mark Twain

    I guess both are acceptable but what's the difference if any?
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    Re: with (an) alacrity

    Galsworthy uses the word as an uncountable noun, so no article.

    Twain's use is a bit unusual but, as always, most entertaining. It may help to think of the sentence as: "...accomplishment with a kind of alacrity which..." In this way, alacrity has become countable.

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    Re: with (an) alacrity

    Thank you very much!
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 31-Jul-2016 at 10:07.

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