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    indeterminate article 'a'

    hi,

    I have doubts about when i can leave out 'a' in front of a noun:

    I know the following sentence is acceptable,
    "I usually give people a warning first before I punish them"

    can i also say "I usually give people warning first before I punish them" ?

    Thanks!

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    Re: indeterminate article 'a'

    You can say that as well, but it only works if you habitually use old-style locutions: to give warning. But if you don't have that "literary style" all the time, it may be regarded as an error of omission.

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