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    #11

    Re: antenna and a better reception

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Not for me. In American English only better reception is possible.
    I hate to disagree with you, GS. But I asked a very nice native speaker of AE and he proofread this sentence, he said it's okay. He was a very professional editor and now he's retired. I didn't understand the plural and singular form so I asked the grammar question here.

    Maybe, "a better reception" is getting popular? I looked it up at Google and I found many "a better reception" for cell phone context though.

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    #12

    Re: antenna and a better reception

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    I hate to disagree with you, GS. But I asked a very nice native speaker of AE and he proofread this sentence, he said it's okay. He was a very professional editor and now he's retired. I didn't understand the plural and singular form so I asked the grammar question here.

    Maybe, "a better reception" is getting popular? I looked it up at Google and I found many "a better reception" for cell phone context though.
    No. Only "better reception" is possible. "A better reception" is fine when you're talking about how you were received somewhere.
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    #13

    Re: antenna and a better reception

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Maybe [no comma] "a better reception" is getting popular? I looked it up at on Google and I found many examples of "a better reception" for in a cell phone-related context though.
    A huge share of English-language web content is written by non-native speakers. It's full of unnatural and ungrammatical text.
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    #14

    Re: antenna and a better reception

    I'm going to throw my hat into the ring too. In that context, "reception" is definitely uncountable so it cannot take the indefinite article. There are only two possibilities here, depending on how many aerials are involved.

    He climbed onto the roof to adjust the aerial for better reception.
    He climbed onto the roof to adjust the aerials for better reception.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #15

    Re: antenna and a better reception

    I think I remember when both terms were used here (aerial and antenna).
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    #16

    Re: antenna and a better reception

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    In American English only better reception is possible.
    I'm pretty sure this doesn't have anything to do with different varieties. It's about meaning.

    I think that what people disagree on is the acceptability of using a reception in an uncountable sense in this context.

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    #17

    Re: antenna and a better reception

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I'm pretty sure this doesn't have anything to do with different varieties. It's about meaning.

    I think that what people disagree on is the acceptability of using a reception in an uncountable sense in this context.
    To be clear, when "reception" refers to the quality of receiving radio waves, it's not countable. It is countable in some other meanings.
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    #18

    Re: antenna and a better reception

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I'm pretty sure this doesn't have anything to do with different varieties. It's about meaning.

    I think that what people disagree on is the acceptability of using a reception in an uncountable sense in this context.
    I assumed we were talking only about the context in post #1 and I maintain that, in that context, "reception" is uncountable and therefore can't take an article. I think (hope) we all agree that no one would say "I can't get a good mobile phone reception in my bedroom".
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    #19

    Re: antenna and a better reception

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I assumed we were talking only about the context in post #1 and I maintain that, in that context, "reception" is uncountable and therefore can't take an article.
    Yes, I disagree with that. For me, the following countable use sounds fine and makes good sense:

    He climbed up to the roof to adjust the antenna for a better reception.

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    #20

    Re: antenna and a better reception

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Yes, I disagree with that. For me, the following countable use sounds fine and makes good sense:

    He climbed up to the roof to adjust the antenna for a better reception.
    Interesting. So would you say "I can't get a reception when I'm on the bus" rather than "I can't get any reception when I'm on the bus"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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