needs an "a" or not ?

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Should there be an "a" in front of the word "part" in :
“This island is not a part of Micronesia”?
I was told that “a” should not be there unless the word “part” is preceded
by an adjective. E.g. This island is not a significant part of the group.

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You can say “This island is not a part of Micronesia” or “This island is not part of Micronesia” either one.

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articleblind said:
Should there be an "a" in front of the word "part" in :
“This island is not a part of Micronesia”?
I was told that “a” should not be there unless the word “part” is preceded
by an adjective. E.g. This island is not a significant part of the group.

Thanks.

Either 'a part' or 'part' is OK as pointed out.

'part', however, is best in terms of clarity: 'a part' implies an omitted adjective.

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