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    It is [a] verity that ...

    Hello all
    Is it correct to say, "It is a verity that..." or "Where success is a verity." My question is about using the article (a) with the noun (verity).

    In the second example, is it better to use "Where success is verity", doing away with the indefinite article? Does it alter the meaning?

    Which of these is correct or more apt?

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by In Love; 16-Dec-2016 at 15:53.

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    #2

    Re: Using indefinite article 'a' with the word 'verity'

    The article is more natural. However, verity is an old-fashioned word that isn't used much these days. Use truism or truth.
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    Re: It is [a] verity that ...

    Quote Originally Posted by In Love View Post
    Hello all. (No need for one emoticon, let alone two.)

    Is it correct to say, "It is a verity that ..." or "Where success is a verity"? My question is about using the article (a) with the noun (verity).

    In the second example, is it better to use "Where success is verity", doing away with the indefinite article? Does it alter the meaning?

    Which of these is correct or more apt?

    Thanks in advance. (No need for emoticons.)
    Welcome to the forum.

    Note my corrections above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It is [a] verity that ...

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a sentence in want of a noun rarely needs 'verity'.

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    Re: It is [a] verity that ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a sentence in want of a noun rarely needs 'verity'.
    I was reminded of the same passage.
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    Re: It is [a] verity that ...

    Could I get a more direct answer to my query, please? :)

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    #7

    Re: It is [a] verity that ...

    Quote Originally Posted by In Love View Post
    Could I get a more direct answer to my query, please? :)
    Sure. Your sentences are correct but very old-fashioned. The noun verity is rarely heard these days.

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    Re: It is [a] verity that ...

    Quote Originally Posted by In Love View Post
    Could I get a more direct answer to my query, please? :)
    If you're trying to write in an eighteenth- or early nineteenth-century voice, either version is natural. If you're aiming for a contemporary voice, you should use different wording.
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    #9

    Re: It is [a] verity that ...

    Quote Originally Posted by In Love View Post
    Could I get a more direct answer to my query, please?
    You received that in post #2.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 17-Dec-2016 at 15:22. Reason: Fixed typo

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    #10

    Re: It is [a] verity that ...

    Quote Originally Posted by In Love View Post
    Could I get a more direct answer to my query, please? :)
    GS answered it in post #2. Use the article a. Don't use verity.
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