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    forge (an) alliance

    Hello.
    Is there an exception according to which it is possible to say "Forge alliance" in stead of "Forge AN alliance"?

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    Re: Omit an article

    Welcome to the forum.

    You need to give us a complete sentence in order for us to give you an informed answer.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Question Re: Omit an article

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Welcome to the forum.

    You need to give us a complete sentence in order for us to give you an informed answer.
    Well the thing is that this is used as a phrase. It is about a game. Forge alliance - Storm the gates - Greet your kings. Now, I have found on the net some usage of the phrase but I just can't explain it for myself.

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    Re: Omit an article

    If I saw that as part of a game, I would assume it had been written by a non-native. I would expect to see either "Forge an alliance" or "Forge alliances".
    Used in a standard, full English sentence, it would require the indefinite article.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Omit an article

    Please note that I have given your thread a better title.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: Omit an article

    Forge alliance works for me as the name of an action in a game. It sounds more dramatic than "create alliance" and its meaning is clear.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Omit an article

    Agreed, but likewise I would expect to see 'Storm gates'; 'Greet kings'.

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