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    Designing houses is hard work.

    Why is there no article in front of hard? I'd say "... is a hard work."

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    Re: article

    Quote Originally Posted by Lenka View Post
    Designing houses is hard work.

    Why is there no article in front of hard? I'd say "... is a hard work."
    The word work is not countable; another word you could use in this context is countable, and you would use the article:

    It is hard work

    but

    It is a hard job

    (There's a sense of work that does make the word countable, but it applies chiefly to works of art/music/literature:

    Lohengrin is a hard work to understand.

    But most uses of work don't behave like that.)

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    Thank you, Bob!

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    You're very welcome

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