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    #1

    Please help

    I really do not know why the indefinite article "a" was absent from 1a. and 2b given that the precedent makes the uncountable noun countable:


    1a. My friend paid me some money as remuneration for a job I did for him.

    1b. My friend paid me some money as a remuneration for a job I did for him.

    2a. John got a new car from his daddy as compensation for his damaged car.

    2b. John got a new car from his daddy as a compensation for his damaged car.

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    #2

    Re: Please help

    They can remain uncountable; the difference between compensation and a compensation is onme of degree, I think; when the article is used, it sounds more like a gesture to compensate rather than an attempt to restitute fully.

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