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    He is hardly in ... condition to work today.

    Do we need 'a' here?

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    Re: article

    Yes, I would say so. Alternatively 'He's not in any condition ...'

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    Re: article

    Note that there is a difference between someone (particularly an athlete, boxer, swimmer) being 'in condition' ="in top physical form'

    and when we are speaking about someone 'in no fit condition to..."

    "He'd obviously been drinking and was in no fit condition to drive a car."
    'fit' here = suitable, appropriate; it does NOT mean 'healthy'
    "You need to convalesce for another week at least. You're still in no condition to go back to work full time."

    As also noted, the collocation 'not in any condition to...'

    He is hardly in a condition to work today.
    sounds very odd
    He is hardly in condition to work today.
    harks back to being 'in top physical form', which is not what we associate with just going into work, and sounds just as 'odd'.

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