[General] He gave assistance to my friend.

arjitsharma

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I would like to know why no article is written before assistance in the following:
He gave assistance to my friend.
A native said and wrote the above sentence.
 

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"Assistance" is generally uncountable.

To give assistance [to] = to help = to assist
 

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If you used the article, it would refer to specific help:

She gave me all the assistance I needed to complete the task.
 

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Although many would argue that the economy is the most important factor in nation building, I think education has a far greater impact.
I don't understand why an article is not added before "nation building"?
 

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Although many would argue that the economy is the most important factor in nation building, I think education has a far greater impact. I don't understand why an article is not added before "nation building"?
"Nation building" is an activity, so no article would be placed before it.
 
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