-a- real peace of mind

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Er.S.M.M.Hanifa, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. Er.S.M.M.Hanifa Banned

    Tamil
    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
     
  2. e2efour

    e2efour Senior Member

    England (aged 76)
    UK English
    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).
     
  3. a is wrong in this sentence - as are the commas.

    Rover
     

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