Hello again! While writing a document today, I had a ruction with my word processor, who which tells me there is a grammar error in my sentence below and is adamant that I should remove the "a": The staff would like to receive in a? timely manner information regarding the outcome of... My initial reaction was to tell my word processor to go jump in a lake. Then I googled some 26-7 million results for "in a timely manner" as against a bare 1/2 million for "in timely manner" and went for the more popular version. But half a million is still many hits, so I thought what if the poor machine has a point here? What do you think?