A kind of <a> dark irony.

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Robby Zhu

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China - Mandarin
Sentence:
So that would be, in fact, a kind of <a> dark irony, I suppose, were one to say something like that.
From: National Public Radio

Is there any difference if I drop that article"a"?
Because I have read similar phrases like:
A kind of material,
A kind of hobby.
Usually, there isn't an article after "a kind of", no matter whether the noun that follows is count or uncount.
 
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