-a- real peace of mind

#1
Hi everybody,
1. A person, who is crooked, can never enjoy real peace of mind.
2. A person, who is crooked, can never enjoy -a- real peace of mind.
Do you consider the article - 'a' is a must or we can leave it.
Could you please guide me?
Thanks,
Er.S.M.M.Hanifa
 
  • e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    #2
    Words like peace of mind, inner peace, happiness etc. are rarely used with "a". Only when they are followed by "which" or "that". For example, he felt a peace of mind that he had never experienced before.

    Not to be confused, of course, with a piece of mind (as in he gave her a piece of his mind = he told her off, he expressed his anger at her).
     
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