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    arjitsharma is offline Member
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    He gave assistance to my friend.

    I would like to know why no article is written before assistance in the following:
    He gave assistance to my friend.
    A native said and wrote the above sentence.

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    Re: He gave assistance to my friend.

    "Assistance" is generally uncountable.

    To give assistance [to] = to help = to assist
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: He gave assistance to my friend.

    If you used the article, it would refer to specific help:

    She gave me all the assistance I needed to complete the task.

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    Re: He gave assistance to my friend.

    Although many would argue that the economy is the most important factor in nation building, I think education has a far greater impact.
    I don't understand why an article is not added before "nation building"?

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    Re: He gave assistance to my friend.

    Not a teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by arjitsharma View Post
    Although many would argue that the economy is the most important factor in nation building, I think education has a far greater impact. I don't understand why an article is not added before "nation building"?
    "Nation building" is an activity, so no article would be placed before it.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 13-Aug-2017 at 07:36. Reason: Adding 'Not a teacher'.

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