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    At a high speed

    "The train was going at a high speed."

    Can I omit "a" in the above sentence?

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    Re: At a high speed

    I would say the indefinite article is optional.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: At a high speed

    It's optional and I prefer the sentence without it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: At a high speed

    I would only use it if there were a reason for doing so in the wider context. The standard version for me would not have the article.

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    Re: At a high speed

    Consider "traveling" instead of "going" in that sentence.

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    Re: At a high speed

    It seems better to me with the "a."

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    Re: At a high speed

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It seems better to me with the "a."
    Me too. I thought it was another British/American difference until I looked at the N-grams. In print, "at high speed" is much more common in both variants.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: At a high speed

    To me, I would probably use "high speed" if something had only 2 (or whatever) fixed speeds, like a fan. It's on low speed or high speed.

    Something like a train that is variable would be operating at a high speed (out of many possible speeds that could be considered "high.")
    Last edited by SoothingDave; 27-Sep-2017 at 18:16. Reason: changed "is something" to "if something", and "... speeds. Like a fan." to "... speeds, like a fan."

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    Re: At a high speed

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    Consider "traveling" instead of "going" in that sentence.
    Dear Teechar,

    Sorry, I don't get it.

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