Student or Learner
I read the following sentence in a book. I feel that the phrase ‘a check’ should be replaced with ‘check’. Will that be okay? Please give a brief explanation.
‘This written instrument is, of course, called a check.’
Usually, proper names do not need to be preceded by an article, after "call", while ordinary singular nouns do. Thus:
1. The cat is called Absalom.
2. This part of the car is called the steering wheel.
3. This bird is called a black-headed gull.
4. These birds are called black-headed gulls.
— no article in the plural.
5. This part of the cat is called its nose.
— "its" replaces article.
(I expect I've forgotten some other aspects of "call" + article; with luck another poster will think of them.)
Not a professional ESL teacher.